Our prediction for this Copa America Centenario 2016 match:
Against all odds, Uruguay failed to make it to the Copa America quarter-finals. Following a 3-1 loss to Mexico, la Celeste were beaten by Venezuela in their second group game, but it has to be noted that Luis Suarez missed both matches through injury. Seeing that Oscar Tabarez’s troops have already suffered elimination in the group stages, the Barcelona attacker is unlikely to be risked against Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz head into the game following back-to-back defeats to Venezuela and Mexico and you should bear in mind that they have yet to score at the Copa America finals. Uruguay are desperate to give fans some cheer following the shocking loss to Venezuela and that is the main reason why we predict la Celeste are going to pick up all three points from Tuesday’s football match. A man to watch in Oscar Tabarez’s team will be Edinson Cavani.
Highlighted Player (Jose Gimenez):
Jose Gimenez is a fast rising 21-year-old young Uruguayan defender who plays for Spanish club Atletico Madrid. Gimenez is primarily a central defender and is recognized to be a natural and fast defender who is classy on the ball. His qualities came to the fore during his youth team presence at Toledo but his professional debut was in 2012 for Danubio.
His stint at the club was short-lived as the highly rated defender was quickly snapped up by Atletico Madrid after raving reviews. He soon made his mark in Diego Simeone’s team and became a crowd favorite after scoring a vital header against rivals Real Madrid.
He participated in the FIFA U-20 World Cup reaching the finals with Uruguay. His senior team debut was in 2013 and has played 21 times for the national side. Gimenez also has three goals in international colors, the first of which came in 2014.
Highlighted Team (Jamaica):
The Reggae Boyz are enjoying in their 2014 Copa Centroamericana title and are looking forward to their second-ever entry into the Copa America. Jamaica took positives from their debut in the competition last year in Chile despite going out in the group stage and will now be willing to make one step further.
The country had more success later in the summer when Winfried Schafer’s men knocked off the United States in the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz were ultimately stopped in the final as they lost to Mexico, but the ticket to 2016 Copa America was enough of a reward itself as four highest finishers were guaranteed a place at the competition.
Jamaica stepped onto the international scene with a 2-1 win over Haiti in 1925 and have so far qualified only once for the FIFA World Cup in 1998. It was not until 1965 that Jamaica made their first attempt to qualify for the World Cup though.