Our football match prediction:
Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa will host the match between Ecuador and Chile. La Tricolor aim to climb to top four in the standings and it remains to be seen if they are capable of making amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Brazil and Peru. The Ecuadorians are eyeing their third home win in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and it has to be noted that they have already defeated the likes of Bolivia and Uruguay on home soil. Their next rivals Chile did well to win the 2016 Copa America, but they have been playing below expectations in the World Cup qualifiers. La Roja failed to impress in a goalless draw with Bolivia in September and, no doubt, Alexis Sanchez and Co. will go all guns blazing at Ecuador in Thursday’s football match. Both teams are likely to go for a win in the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa clash and, taking everything into account, we predict that both sides will find the net this time out.
Highlighted Player (Montero):
The 26-year-old Jefferson Montero is a lightning quick winger who plays for Swansea City in the English Premier League. After starting his career in the youth ranks at Emelec, Montero made his senior professional debut with them. But his first real impact was at Independiente Valle, which brought him a contract with Villarreal in 2009. Montero, however, struggled to establish himself at the Spanish club and spent his time on loans with Levante and Real Betis. He then moved to Liga MX club Morelia, where he would go on to play more than 60 games in two years. His pace and guile caught the attention of Swansea who brought him to Premier League in 2014. Montero was part of the 2007 Pan American Games winning Ecuador team – the first international trophy for the nation. He made his full debut in 2010 and has 56 caps and 10 goals to his credit so far.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title. Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004. Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.