Our football match prediction:
Italy will be looking to build on a routine 8-0 win over San Marino when they take on Uruguay in yet another warm-up game. The Azzurri will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match against La Celeste, but seeing that the South Americans will be without key player Luis Suarez, home win should be considered. Coach Giampiero Ventura mixed the squad against San Marino, but we predict that he is going to field the best possible side against Uruguay. La Celeste suffered a loss in each of their previous three World Cup qualifying games and a win over Italy would surely see them regain a much-needed confidence, but beating the Azzurri without Luis Suarez in the starting line-up is easier said than done. When the two teams met at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Uruguay emerged triumphant and, no doubt, the Italians are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Pelle):
Graziano Pelle is an Italian striker who reached the biggest stage in an unconventional way, joining AZ Alkmaar following less than impressive spells at Lecce, Catania, Crotone and Cesena. After proving his worth in Dutch Eredivisie, the forward again experienced problems on his return to Italy, but it was another loan stint, this time at Feyenoord, that would put him on the map. Pelle scored a total of 50 goals in successive Eredivisie seasons to show he was rightly considered one of Italy’s most talented strikers, and he has since developed into one of the leading Premier League footballers, having enjoyed plenty of success since moving to Southampton. Pelle needed a while to break into the Italy national team, but finally got his chance under Antonio Conte, who made him the Azzurri’s number one centre forward ahead of the Euro 2016 finals. The towering striker netted 4 times in his first 10 appearances for the Azzurri, and he has few more years ahead of him to further improve the record.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts. Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history. Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.