Our football match prediction:
Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Paraguay and Venezuela, Uruguay shared the spoils with Colombia in their last qualifying match. La Celeste dropped to second place in the standings, but a win over Ecuador could see them overtake star-studded Brazil in top position in table. Uruguay aim to keep their 100% record at home intact and it has to be noted that they managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous five home fixtures in the process. Luis Suarez failed to impress in the 2-2 draw with Colombia, but the Barcelona attacker is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back line in Friday’s football match. Ecuador often struggle on the travels and it has to be noted that they conceded 2+ goals in each of their last three away games in the World Cup qualifiers. Ecuador recorded a 2-1 win over Uruguay in the reverse fixture, but we predict that La Celeste will get their revenge on Gustavo Quinteros’ team.
Highlighted Player (Gaston Pereiro):
Uruguay midfielder Gaston Pereiro has been with PSV since 2015 when he was transferred from his boyhood club Nacional. An attacking midfielder is a member of the Uruguayan U-20 national team and is yet to receive a senior call-up he hopes will come with fine performances at the club he is contracted to until 2020. Pereiro is a flamboyant midfielder who adds creativity and flair to PSV’s play. The Uruguay international has already achieved the cult status with the supporters, despite being at the club a little over a year. Pereiro scored a brace against PSV’s most feared and detested rivals Ajax, writing his name into the club’s history books as his presence proved to be pivotal in earning three points that proved to be the difference between the two rivals at the end of the season. Gaston Pereiro made 30 Eredivisie appearances in his maiden season with PSV scoring 12 goals in the process and fans hope that the Uruguay midfielder will add up to the tally in the new season as well.
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.