Our match prediction:
Peru suffered a morale-deflating loss in the bottom-half derby of the South American qualifying group. Only one win and one draw out of seven matches is a disappointing record for Ricardo Gareca’s side. Sitting one place from bottom, Peru prepares to face Ecuador with plenty of match predictions not really speaking in their favour. Ecuador never really stood a chance against Brazil and their 3-0 home defeat to the Selecao has hardly come as a surprise despite the fact that La Tricolor entered the match as group leaders with Uruguay. Barcelona star Neymar and Manchester City’s summer recruit Gabriel Jesus stepped up the plate to record the three important points in head coach Tite’s debut, leaving little room for Ecuador to get back in the game. Trip to Peru will be a good chance to get back to winning ways and to keep pace behind leading teams in the running for 2018 FIFA World Cup place.
Highligted Player (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 (Ecuador):
Ecuador had endured difficult times in footballing terms having been considered to be one of the more struggling football nations in South America, but the Tri have managed to transform themselves into a team that can never be taken lightly at the international scene. Ecuador has taken part in three of the 22 World Cups with 12 position they achieved in 2006 in Germany being their best result so far. La Tricolor head into Copa America Centenario tied at the top of CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying table and their chances of making it through from group B have been increased with good results and alike performances. Ivan Hurtado played for El Tri since 1992 to 2014 and former centre-back remains the most capped international with 168 games to his name. Ecuador captain Walter Ayovi is the active player with most games in the national team, while Felipe Caicedo with 19 goals is the top scorer of Gustavo Quinteros’ side.