Our football match prediction:
Despite being regarded as big underdogs in the match against Argentina, Paraguay did remarkably well to beat Leo Messi and Co. at Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in their last qualifier. La Albirroja sit in seventh place in the standings ahead of the visit of Peru, but they are just two points behind automatic qualification places. Paraguay proved their worth in the victory over Argentina and we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Friday’s football match. Peru head into the game following a 2-1 loss to Chile and seeing that the visitors suffered four defeats in five away games in the process, we are not tempted to put our money on Ricardo Gareca’s troops this time out. When the two teams met at Estadio Nacional de Lima in the reverse fixture, Jefferson Farfan scored the winner for Peru, meaning that Paraguay are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted 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 (Peru):
Peru national team has been competing at the international stage since 1927 when they played their first ever match against Uruguay. Over the course of their history, La Blanquirroja have formed long-standing rivalries with Chile and Ecuador while 1970s brought the team a worldwide recognition during the period that is to this date considered the most successful in Peruvian football. Teofilo Cubillas, the team’s top scorer with 26 goals to his name is considered Peru’s greatest player helped the team qualify for three World Cups and win the Copa America in 1975. Peru are the two-time champion of the tournament, who came close to lifting the Copa America trophy again in recent years, finishing third in 2011 and 2015 respectively. La Blanquirroja are managed by Ricardo Gareca commonly referred to as the Tiger who will lead his team to 2016 Copa America Centenario looking to win Peru its first trophy at a major tournament since 1982.