Our football match prediction:
High-flying Brazil will be aiming to cement top position in the South America World Cup qualifying group with a win over Ecuador at Arena do Gremio. The Selecao are eyeing their ninth consecutive win in the process and seeing that PSG ace Neymar, who joined les Parisiens earlier this summer, looks unstoppable at the moment, we predict that the Brazilians will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Friday. Brazil outclassed the likes of Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay in previous three home games in the 2018 WC qualifiers and thanks to the triumph over la Albirroja they booked their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia. La Tricolor suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Paraguay and Colombia in previous two group games and they are unlikely to spoil Brazil’s party at Arena do Gremio. In their last meeting in Brazil the Selecao outclassed La Tricolor 5-0 and there is every chance the history is going to repeat itself.
Highligted Player (Thiago Silva):
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is one of the highest rated defenders in world football. Having emerged from Fluminense youth ranks, the 31-year-old defender established himself as a world-class performer while plying his trade for AC Milan from 2009 to 2012. Having largely contributed to Rossonerri’s title winning campaign in 2010-11, Thiago Silva moved to Paris Saint-Germain together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a reported fee worth €42 million, which made him then second-most expensive defender in football history after Rio Ferdinand. Silva was an immediate success at the French club, helping Les Parisiens win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the process. Heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, fan favourite Thiago Silva remains a key figure at Paris Saint-Germain and a leader of the new wave under head coach Unai Emery. Having already surpassed the 100-game mark for the French giants, Thiago Silva is slowly writing his name in the history books of Paris Saint-Germain.
Highlighted Team (Ecuador):
Ecuador had endured difficult times in footballing terms having been considered to be one of the more struggling football nations in South America, but the Tri have managed to transform themselves into a team that can never be taken lightly at the international scene. Ecuador has taken part in three of the 22 World Cups with 12 position they achieved in 2006 in Germany being their best result so far. La Tricolor head into Copa America Centenario tied at the top of CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying table and their chances of making it through from group B have been increased with good results and alike performances. Ivan Hurtado played for El Tri since 1992 to 2014 and former centre-back remains the most capped international with 168 games to his name. Ecuador captain Walter Ayovi is the active player with most games in the national team, while Felipe Caicedo with 19 goals is the top scorer of Gustavo Quinteros’ side.