Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Uruguay, Peru host Bolivia at their Estadio Monumental in Lima. Los Incas are still in the race for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals as they are only four points behind top five in the standings. Seeing that there are only four matches to go before the end of the process, this has to go down as a must-win situation for the hosts and we predict that the Peruvians are going to prove their worth on the field. Experience attacker Paolo Guerrero has netted five goals in the 2018 WC qualifiers to date and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. It is well known that Bolivia are tough to beat at home, they did well to defeat star-studded Argentina in their last home game in the qualifiers, but their away record is anything but good and there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed.
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 (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio Cesar Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997. Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title. Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.