Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Ecuador rolled over Chile (3-0) in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier and it has to be noted that La Tri missed a number of clear-cut chances to score even more goals. The Ecuadorians remained in third place in the standings and a win over Bolivia could see them move a little closer to booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Their next rivals Bolivia suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to Brazil on Friday and seeing that La Verde have little to play for in Tuesday’s football match, we predict that the visitors are going to extend their winning run in the WC qualifiers. Antonio Valencia scored the opener in the 3-0 win over Chile and the Manchester United full back will certainly pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Taking everything into account, away win appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Antonio Valencia):
Antonio Valencia is a versatile right winger who plays for English Premier League club Manchester United. The 30-year-old is often deployed as a right-back too, both at the club and international level. Valencia was a first team regular at El Nacional after rising swiftly through the youth ranks. He would then move to Spanish side Villarreal whose time at the club was spent on loans to Recreativo and Wigan Athletic. After impressing for them on loan, Wigan Athletic signed Valencia permanently in 2008. His performance for them soon attracted interest from several high profile clubs and Valencia eventually signed for Manchester United. He was touted as a replacement to Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford and would go on to win many titles with them. Valencia made his national debut in 2005 and represented in two FIFA World Cups and as many Copa America. He has won 80 caps for his nation and scored eight goals so far.
Highlighted Team (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio Cesar Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997. Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title. Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.