Our football match prediction:
Estadio Nacional de Lima will host Wednesday’s football match between Peru and Brazil. The Selecao are on the right track to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, but they can’t afford any complacency in upcoming qualifying matches. The Brazilians rolled over their fierce rivals Argentina in Superclasico de las Americas (3-0) on Friday and, no doubt, the visitors are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Lima. Key attacker Neymar scored against Argentina and the Barcelona superstar is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. Peru came from behind to crush Paraguay at Estadio Defensores del Chaco (4-1), but they face an uphill task in Wednesday’s clash against Brazil. When the two teams met in Salvador, Bahia in the reverse fixture the Selecao recorded a routine 3-0 win over Ricardo Gareca’s charges and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Juan Manuel Vargas):
Juan Manuel Vargas is an experienced 32-year-old left back who can also play as a winger. He currently plays for the Spanish club Real Betis. Vargas is well-known for his dribbles, free-kicks and accurate crosses. He started his career with Universitario where he quickly became a first-team regular by 2004. His first stint in Italy was with Serie A club Catania in 2006. Vargas was one of their best players and was always a first team regular at Catania. His impressive performances helped them retain their Serie A survival for two seasons. With many clubs vying for his signature, Vargas joined Fiorentina in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of €12 million – reportedly rebuffing Real Madrid. Though he struggled initially, Vargas settled in an advanced attacking role after becoming a crucial part of the Viola squad. His international career began in 2004 and has represented his country in 62 matches so far.
Highlighted Team (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin. Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States. Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.