Our football match prediction:
Peru were producing splendid displays in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they continue to impress in warm-up games. The South American side recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Croatia and Iceland in March and, as a result, they are considered favourites to win Sunday’s football game against Peru. Former Schalke winger Jefferson Farfan, who found the net in the 3-1 win over Iceland, will be the man to watch in the away team. The Saudi Arabians qualified for the major tournament for the first time since 2006, but they are widely expected to serve as a cannon fodder for their rivals (Russia, Uruguay, Egypt) in Group A. Pizzi’s men are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Sunday’s friendly, but preventing Peru from scoring is easier said than done. Peru are more of a team than Saudi Arabia and they are likely to emerge triumphant in the Kybunpark clash.
Highlighted 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 (Peru):
Peru national team has been competing at the international stage since 1927 when they played their first ever match against Uruguay. Over the course of their history, La Blanquirroja have formed long-standing rivalries with Chile and Ecuador while 1970s brought the team a worldwide recognition during the period that is to this date considered the most successful in Peruvian football. Teofilo Cubillas, the team’s top scorer with 26 goals to his name is considered Peru’s greatest player helped the team qualify for three World Cups and win the Copa America in 1975. Peru are the two-time champion of the tournament, who came close to lifting the Copa America trophy again in recent years, finishing third in 2011 and 2015 respectively. La Blanquirroja are managed by Ricardo Gareca commonly referred to as the Tiger who will lead his team to 2016 Copa America Centenario looking to win Peru its first trophy at a major tournament since 1982.