Our match prediction:
After rolling over the likes of Trinidad and El Salvador, Peru will be looking to make a flying start to their 2016 Copa America campaign when they take on Haiti at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Haiti failed to upset Colombia in their final warm-up game and given Peru’s thrilling form, we predict that they will suffer a loss at the start of their Copa America Centenario campaign. The Peruvians are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and there is every chance Paolo Guerrero and Co. will pick up all three points from Sunday’s football game. You should have in mind, though, that Peru will be without their star players Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan at the upcoming tournament in United States. In their only previous meeting in a competitive match (2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup) Haiti and Peru played out a 1-1 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on Ricardo Gareca’s troops this time out.
Highligted Player (Vargas):
Juan Manuel Vargas is an experienced 32-year-old left back who can also play as a winger. He currently plays for the Spanish club Real Betis. Vargas is well-known for his dribbles, free-kicks and accurate crosses. He started his career with Universitario where he quickly became a first-team regular by 2004. His first stint in Italy was with Serie A club Catania in 2006. Vargas was one of their best players and was always a first team regular at Catania. His impressive performances helped them retain their Serie A survival for two seasons. With many clubs vying for his signature, Vargas joined Fiorentina in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of €12 million – reportedly rebuffing Real Madrid. Though he struggled initially, Vargas settled in an advanced attacking role after becoming a crucial part of the Viola squad. His international career began in 2004 and has represented his country in 62 matches so far.
Highlighted Team (Haiti):
Haiti have been FIFA members since 1934 despite making their international debut nine years prior in a 2-1 loss to Jamaica. Haiti is the country with one of the longest football reputation in the Caribbean becoming only the second team from the region to make it to the World Cup. Their 1974 entrance is their only appearance to date however. Haiti national team are making their Copa America debut at the Centenario in the United States and despite the fact Les Grenadiers have been considered minnows and underdogs on paper, they are sure to provide a competitive bite for their rivals. Heading into their first-ever Copa America, Haiti will be looking to repeat the heroics from the golden age of the Haitian football in 1970s. Member of the most prominent generation Emmanuel Sanon remains to this date the most distinguished player of the team and the most capped player with 100 games. Former San Diego Sockers striker is also Haiti’s top scorer with 47 goals to his name.