Our football match prediction:
Suarez-less Uruguay suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Brazil on Friday and, no doubt, the Barcelona attacker was sorely missed in the Estadio Centenario showdown. Nonetheless, Luis Suarez returns from suspension against Peru and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line. Fellow striker Edinson Cavani is enjoying a season to remember and all eyes will be on the duo when Uruguay take on Peru at Estadio Nacional de Lima. La Celeste aim to retain second position in the standings and we predict that they will emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s football match. The Peruvians came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Venezuela in Maturin, but Uruguay are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Ricardo Gareca’s team than their previous rivals. It has to be noted that Oscar Tabarez’s men are after their fifth consecutive win over Peru in all competitions.
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 (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts. Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history. Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.