Our football match prediction:
Having upset Ecuador in their last World Cup qualifier, Peru will be looking to claim yet another scalp in the process when they host Argentina at Estadio Nacional de Lima. La Albiceleste sit in third place in the standing ahead of the trip to Lima and they shared the spoils with Venezuela in their last qualifying match. Leo Messi (injury) will be sorely missed in Friday’s football match against Peru and we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors this time out. In Messi’s absence a man to watch in the away side will be Kun Aguero. Peru are tough to beat at home and we predict that Ricardo Gareca’s men are going to extend their unbeaten run at home to four matches. Experienced attacker Paolo Guerrero, who played for Bayern Munich and Hamburger in the past, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Zambrano):
Carlos Zambrano is a 26-year-old Peruvian footballer who represents Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The talented centre back is often credited to be one of the most promising defenders coming from his nation. Zambrano is well known for his strong tackling and excellent defensive organization capabilities. Starting his youth career with Cantolao, he was quickly snapped up by Bundesliga team Schalke 04. He was a regular starter for their youth team and was soon made the captain. He was a cornerstone of their defence and was soon promoted to the first team of Schalke. In 2012, he signed on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt and has already represented them in more than 80 matches. Zambrano made his senior debut with Peru in 2008. He was chosen to represent the team in 2011 Copa America only to see an injury clamp his participation. Zambrano has represented Peru in 43 games so far scoring four 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.