Our football match prediction:
Chile did well to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Argentina, with the team beating Venezuela 3-1 in their last qualifying match. La Roja climbed to fourth position in the standings, but Leo Messi and Co. are breathing down their neck. The Chileans welcome Paraguay at their Estadio Monumental David Arellano on Friday and seeing that la Albirroja are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from the game. Chile key player Alexis Sanchez has overcome his injury and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in Santiago de Chile. When the two teams met in Asunsion earlier in the process Paraguay recorded a 2-1 win over Chile and, no doubt, the hosts are hungry for revenge. Yet another man to watch in the home team will be Bayern Munich ace Arturo Vidal.
Highlighted Player (Vidal):
Arturo Vidal is a Chilean international who started his senior career at Colo-Colo. In 2007 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Bayer Leverkusen. After making 117 league appearances for the Bundesliga outfit from 2007 to 2011, he joined Juventus on 22 July, 2011 for a fee of €10.5 million. Vidal won four Serie A trophies with the Bianconeri and he participated in the Champions League final against Barcelona on 6 June, 2015. The Serie A giants, though, were beaten by Barca in the title game. In the summer of 2015 he moved to Bayern Munich and he won the Bundesliga trophies with Pep Guardiola’s team in the 2015/2016 season. Speaking of his international career, Vidal won two Copa America trophies with Chile (2015, 2016). The Chilean ace is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both as defensive at attacking midfielder as well. His contract with Bayern Munich expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Paraguay):
Los Guaranies are the part of CONMEBOL confederation vying for glory at the international scene since 1919 and their debut loss to Argentina 5-1. Paraguay are regular participants at the Copa America winning the tournament on two occasions thus far, most recently in 1979. They came close to glory in recent editions of the tournament as they fell short in the final of 2011 to Uruguay, while they finished fourth in 2015. The most successful period of the Paraguay national team came under Argentine coach Gerardo Martino, who took Paraguay to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. Following the 2010 success, Paraguay failed to qualify for their fourth successive FIFA World Cup finals as they have also missed out on the third consecutive global championship held inside their own continent. Toluca FC centre back Paulo da Silva is the most capped player of the Paraguay national team, while former Bayern Munich and Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is the team’s top scorer with 32 goals to his name.