Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 2-1 win over Colombia Brazil climbed to second place in the standings, but the South American giants do not want to stop now. The Selecao are just one point behind leaders Uruguay and, no doubt, Tite’s troops will go all-out attack in Friday’s qualifier against Bolivia. The Bolivians are after their third win in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but they have yet to record a win on the travels. La Verde failed to score in three of their four away games in the process and we predict that Brazil are going to keep a clean sheet in the Arena das Dunas clash. Neymar has been producing fine performance in La Liga of late and the Barcelona ace is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Taking everything into account, Brazil are superior to Bolivia and home win appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Fabinho):
One of the hottest talents and emerging star of the new generation at AS Monaco is the Brazilian international Fabinho. The 22-year-old right-back began his career at Rio Ave, but was quickly noticed by Real Madrid, who brought him on loan in 2012 where Fabinho failed to make an impression and break into the first team at Santiago Bernabeu. A loan move to Monaco proved to be a perfect choice for the player who signed a permanent deal with the Principality in 2015 after making an immediate impact with his new club. Fabinho went on to score 15 goals in more than 130 appearances for Monaco, and has made his full Brazil debut with the club. His compelling performances in Ligue 1 have earned much praise and draw plenty of attention from Europe’s biggest clubs. During the summer of 2016 Premier League powerhouse Manchester United were linked with the talented defender, but Monaco showed great resolve in keeping their prized asset by tying Fabinho to an extended stay with the Principality club.
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.