Our football match prediction:
Despite suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Paraguay and Bolivia in previous two group games, Chile are still in the race for a place at the 2018 World Cup finals. La Roja face a must-win situation against Ecuador and all eyes will be on Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez when the two teams face each other at Estadio Monumental David Arellano. The Chileans need to show character in Friday’s football game against Ecuador and we predict that they will fight tooth and nail against La Tri. The Ecuadorians sit in eighth place in the standings ahead of the trip to Santiago de Chile and they are on a four-game losing run in their qualifying group. Jorge Celico’s men are low on confidence ahead of their penultimate group game and they are likely to return home empty-handed. Taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on the Chileans, who deserve to participate at the next year’s showpiece tournament in Russia.
Highlighted Player (Alexis Sanchez):
Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean football player born on 19th of December 1988. Sanchez started playing football for Cobreloa and played for Colo Colo, River Plate, Udinese and FC Barcelona before he started playing for Arsenal in 2014. The Chilean player is active for the national team as well.Alexis Sanchez is a right winger and is known for his speed, agility and stamina. Alexis Sanchez won several prizes in his career such as the Primera Divisin, World Cup for club teams, the FA cup and the Copa America. In 413 games in his career Alexis Sanchez made 112 goals. Alexis Sanchez’ nickname was give by the Colo Colo fans and is El Nino Maravila which literally means The Wonder Kid. In 2014-2015 Alexis Sanchez was placed in the PFA team of the year and got nominated as Player of the year.
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.