Our prediction for this Copa America Centenario 2016 match:
High-flying Mexico will be looking to extend their winning run to nine matches when they take on Uruguay at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in their Copa America Centenario opener. Despite the fact that star players Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos did not make the squad, the Mexicans are capable of making life difficult for La Celeste, who head into the game following a 3-1 win over Trinidad. Luis Suarez missed the final warm-up game with injury and he is unlikely to take part in Monday’s football match against Mexico. Juan Carlos Osorio’s men have been in a thrilling form in 2016 and we predict that they will emerge triumphant in their 2016 Copa America opener. You should bear in mind, though, that Uruguay recorded a 1-0 win over Mexico in their last meeting at Copa America (2011), with Alvaro Pereira scoring the winner for la Celeste.
Highlighted Player (Javier Hernandez):
Javier Hernandez or Chicharito is a 27-year-old striker who plays for German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. He began his professional career in 2006 playing for the Mexican club Guadalajara. His first break came in 2010, ahead of the FIFA World Cup, when he became the first Mexican player to join the English Premier League side Manchester United.
He was very effective at United endearing himself to the fans with some crucial goals. Chicharito played for Real Madrid in 2014-15 season on loan and had limited success with them. But he revived his career with a move to Leverkusen in 2015 with whom he has regained his prolific scoring record. Hernandez carries his prolific form to national colors too.
Having made his senior national debut in 2009, Chicharito has 43 goals from 80 games for the national team. He is the second highest goal scorer of all-time for the Mexico national team.
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.