Our football match prediction:
Argentina are running down a blind alley ahead of their last qualifying match. La Albiceleste failed to win previous four group games and they head into Wednesday’s football match against Ecuador following a goalless draw with Peru. Leo Messi has been struggling to find his best form with Argentina, but, no doubt, the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Jorge Sampaoli’s men sit in sixth place in the standings ahead of the decider, but a win over Ecuador should see them secure automatic qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The Ecuadorians are on a five-game losing run in the qualifiers and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the South American giants. Juventus ace Paulo Dybala is likely to return to the starting line-up against Ecuador and, taking everything into account, away win should be considered.
Highligted Player (Enner Valencia):
Enner Valencia is a prolific 26-year-old striker who plays for West Ham United in the English Premier League. Nicknamed “Superman”, Valencia started his career with Emelec in 2010. He enjoyed league success with Emelec and was awarded the “Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot” in 2013. He also played for Pachuca in Mexico winning the Liga MX Golden Boot in 2014. His goal-scoring record and pace caught the attention of West Ham which bought him for an estimated £12 million in July 2014. At international level, Valencia made his debut in 2012 and has represented the country in 24 games so far. He is one of Ecuador’s top ten goal scorers of all time with 14 goals. He has already represented Ecuador at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa America tournaments. Enner Valencia is Ecuador’s joint top scorer – along with Agustin Delgado – in World Cup tournaments with three goals.
Highlighted Team (Argentina):
Members of the CONMEBOL confederation Argentina national team are headed by coach Gerardo Martino and are considered one of the most nations in footballing world. Renowned for their attacking powers and defensive discipline Argentina have been playing their international matches since 1901 and their first ever competitive victory over Uruguay 3-2. Commonly referred to as La Seleccion, Argentina are top of the FIFA world ranking, but their most recent records have been below par with the team last winning a major trophy in 1993. Two-time World Cup winners have lost the 2014 final to Germany coming agonizingly close to the crown they last won in 1986. Javier Zanetti is the most capped player with 143 matches to his name while Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi with 124 and 108 respectively are the current team members with most games to their name. Barcelona star Lionel Messi is six goals short behind Gabriel Batistuta who is the team’s top scorer with 56 goals he scored playing for La Seleccion from 1991 to 2002.