Our match prediction:
La Roja were unable to find an equaliser against Paraguay and were forced to settle for a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Paraguay, during which they lost Gary Medel to a late red card and slumped to a third defeat from seven World Cup qualifying matches. Copa America Centenario title holders are going through a rough patch and the game against Bolivia is seen as the perfect chance to boost morale and lift the team spirits. Bolivia are making their trip to Estadio Monumental David Arellano having secured three points from their game against Peru earlier in the week. Pablo Escobar scored from the free kick in the first half, while Ronaldo Raldes headed home in the final two minutes of the game to give Bolivia total of six points after seven rounds. Julio Cesar Baldivieso’s men have ended their seven-match losing run, but La Verde are in for quite a challenge against a much better rival. We predict a home win for Chile who will be eager to make amends for most recent slump in form.
Highligted Player (Erick Pulgar):
Erick Pulgar is a Chilean international who started his senior career at Deportes Antofagasta. Pulgar is a 186-cm-tall midfielder, who is capable of playing as a centre back as well and he is well known for his speed. After making 38 league appearances for the club he joined fellow Chilean outfit Universidad Catolica in 2014. The deal was confirmed on 28 June, 2014 and the Chilean defender joined los Cruzados for a fee of $ 500 000. In 2015 he decided to move to Europe and he signed a contract with Bologna for an undisclosed fee. The deal was sealed on 20 August. Erick Pulgar represented Chile at the 2016 Copa America, but he made no more than one appearance for La Roja at the tournament in USA. He came on as a substitute to replace injured midfielder Pablo Hernandez in a 2-0 win over Colombia. It is well known that Chile won the 2016 Copa America, beating star-studded Argentina in the title game.
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.