Our match prediction:
It’s been a below-par campaign for the five-time World Cup winners who managed only two wins out of the first six games in the qualifying stage. Summer brought more disappointment for the Selecao who ended their Copa America participation in group stage. The early elimination resulted in Brazil head coach Dunga getting a sack with Tite coming to replace him. The change at the helm gave a positive spark to Brazil whose Olympic team won a gold medal at the summer Olympics in Rio and home success of the Olympians led by the captain Neymar, should provide a positive boost for Selecao ahead of the trip to Ecuador. La Tricolor are top of the South American group as joint leaders with Uruguay. Four wins and 13 points after six rounds will see them head into the highly expected match versus Brazil as slight favourites. Ecuador have lost only one on the last ten matches as hosts and will most definitely look to extend the positive trend against the respectable opposition.
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 (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin. Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States. Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.