Our football match prediction:
Paraguay will be looking to make amends for a heavy 4-0 loss to Uruguay when they square off against Colombia at Estadio Defensores del Chaco. With only one point separating the two teams in the standings, there is every chance we will see a close encounter in Asunsion. Paraguay have yet to suffer a loss at home ground in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and it has to be noted that they shared the spoils with the likes of Brazil and Argentina in front of home fans, while beating star-studded Chile. Colombia were beaten by the Selecao in their last away game in the qualifiers and seeing that Francisco Arce’s men are tough to beat at home, away win should not be considered this time out. Los Cafeteros are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Friday’s football match and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the capital of Paraguay.
Highligted Player (Hernan Perez):
Hernan Perez is a 27-year-old Paraguayan winger who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol in Spanish La Liga. Perez was a late bloomer having built up his career for two different youth clubs before finding his feet with Tacuary. He made his top division debut in 2007 with them and was subsequently signed by fellow league side Club Libertad. But a serious right knee injury limited his game time at Libertad where he rarely appeared for the capital club. Perez’s redemption came at Spanish club Villarreal in 2009 where he quickly established himself in the main squad. Last year, he joined Espanyol and started showing glimpses of his skills. Perez was one of the best players for Paraguayan under-20 team at the 2009 South American Championship helping them finish in second place. His full senior debut came in the next year when he was selected to the 2011 Copa America. So far, Perez has won 26 caps.
Highlighted Team (Colombia):
Seleccion de futbol Colombia has stepped on to the international scene in 1938 with its competitive debut against Mexico. Colombia has in recent years become a national symbol of strength representing country’s efforts to fight the negative reputation. Passionate about their football team, Colombians have formed a huge fan base which enjoyed in their team’s impressive run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals at the competition in which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals and the Best Goal of the Tournament awards. Jose Pekerman’s team has also been named the Fair Play team at the same event. The fans were pretty disappointed to see their team reach the quarter-final stage at the 2015 Copa America though as Colombia crashed out in disappointing fashion losing to Argentina after a penalty kick. Radamel Falcao remains the most prominent star of the current team despite his poor spells with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Monaco striker is also the team’s top scorer with 25 goals added to his name.