Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Estadio Centenario when Uruguay and Argentina face each other in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. La Celeste are on a three-game losing run in their qualifying group, but they still sit in top four ahead of the visit of Argentina. Edinson Cavani has been scoring goals for fun at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign and he is likely to be deployed up front as a lone forward as Barcelona ace Luis Suarez has yet to recover from a knee injury. Argentina suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Bolivia in their last qualifying match and, no doubt, la Albiceleste are determined to get back on course. Both teams are likely to go for a win in Friday’s football match and we predict that both side will find the net at Estadio Centenario. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Leo Messi, who scored a brace for Barcelona in a 2-0 win over Alaves at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Gaston Silva):
Gaston Silva is a 22-year-old rising star of Uruguayan football. The left-footed defender is a natural left-back but can also be a very good central defender, where a position he plays for the national team. Silva is very proficient with his tackles and is highly regarded for his exquisite technique, physical presence and ability in the air. He began his professional football career with Defensor Sporting. Silva debuted in 2011 at age of 16 and was the centre of attraction with his performances. For the Uruguayan club, he was a regular starter and was regarded as one of the most talented prospects coming out of Uruguay. In 2014, Silva made his foray into Europe with a € 2.3 million transfer to Italian Serie A side Torino. His international career included representing Uruguay at the U-17 and U-20 FIFA World Cups. In 2014 Silva was called up to the senior national squad for the friendlies against Costa Rica and Chile.
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.