Our football match prediction:
Estadio Alberto Jose Armando will host Friday’s football game between Argentina and Peru. La Albiceleste failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with rock-bottom Venezuela and, as a result, this has to go down as a must-win game for the South American giants. Leo Messi has been scoring goals for fun with Barcelona in the La Liga this season and the “The Magician” is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Argentina are eager to regain their spot in top four and we predict that they will prove their worth on the field. Peru are on a three-game winning run in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Buenos Aires. However, given the importance of the match for Leo Messi and Co. we are tempted to put our money on Jorge Sampaoli’s charges, who face Ecuador in Quito in their last group game.
Highlighted Player (Higuain):
Widely regarded as one of the most talented strikers of his generation, Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain started his career with River Plate. A transfer to Real Madrid for €12 million in 2007 catapulted him to the top league. His six years at Madrid was capped with three La Liga titles and 107 goals in 190 appearances. Higuain became a crowd favorite at the Santiago Bernabeu and there was wide spread resentment among supporters over his transfer to Italian club Napoli in 2013 for a reported €40 million. Although he wasn’t able to win the Serie A, he carried the hopes of Napoli in 2015-16 and equaled 87-year-old record of 36 goals in a top-flight season. Higuain or El Pipita as he is fondly called has also been a regular with his country having represented Argentina at two FIFA World Cups and as many Copa America tournaments. Higuain has a great eye for the goal and his goal scoring record bears a testament to this.
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.