Peru host Argentina in a FIFA World Cup qualification match in Lima on Tuesday. Peru are four points off the 5th qualification spot and need a result in this game against a Lionel Messi inspired side.
Peru made it to the 2019 Copa America final where they lost 3-1 to Brazil. They finished third in their group at the tournament having lost 5-0 to Brazil in the early rounds.
Since the tournament, they have played five friendlies against South American opposition but lost three times, drew once and beat Brazil 1-0 in the United States.
They started their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw away to Paraguay before losing 4-2 at home to Brazil, and 2-0 away to Chile.
Peru Team News
The key player for Peru is right winger Andre Carrillo who scored in the first two qualification matches. Manuel Ruidiaz is expected to the lead the line in attack whilst Miguel Araujo anchors the defence.
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese, José Carvallo, Renato Solís
Defenders: Luis Advíncula, Christian Ramos, Miguel Trauco, Aldo Corzo, Luis Abram, Miguel Araujo, Anderson Santamaría, Alexander Callens, Marcos López, Jean-Pierre Rhyner
Midfielders: Yoshimar Yotún, Christian Cueva, Renato Tapia, Pedro Aquino, Christofer Gonzáles, Wilder Cartagena
Forwards: André Carrillo, Edison Flores, Raúl Ruidíaz, Andy Polo, Gianluca Lapadula, Aldair Rodríguez
Argentina finished third at the 2019 Copa America having lost to Brazil in the semi-finals before beating Chile 2-1 in the third place playoff despite Lionel Messi being red carded.
After the resumption of international football, Argentina played six friendlies without defeat including beating Brazil 1-0 in Saudi Arabia.
Argentina started their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 home win against Ecuador thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty. They then won 2-1 in Bolivia as Lautaro Martinez and Carlos Correa scored the goals.
In their last match, Argentina drew 1-1 at home to Paraguay as wing back Nicolas Gonzalez equalised from Giovani Lo Celso’s assist.
Argentina Team News
Argentina are without two of their top attackers as Pablo Dybala and Sergio Aguero are injured. Lionel Messi should therefore be partnered by Lucas Ocampos and Lautaro Martinez in a front three.
Exequiel Palacios went off injured against Paraguay and Giovani Lo Celso came on to assist a goal so he could given a start in this match.
Angel di Maria is another player pushing to be included after doing well as a substitute in the last game but he may only start if Lionel Scaloni changed from 3-4-3 to a back four.
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Augustin Marchesin, Esteban Andrada, Emiliano Martínez.
Defenders: Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico, Walter Kannemann, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Gonzalo Montiel, Leonardo Balerdi, Lisandro Martínez, Facundo Medina, Nehuén Pérez.
Midfielders: Ángel Di María, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso, Rodrigo De Paul, Roberto Pereyra, Guido Rodríguez, Nicolás Domínguez, Exequiel Palacios.
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez, Lucas Alario, Alejandro Gómez, Joaquín Correa, Lucas Ocampos, Nicolás González.
Peru vs Argentina Head to Head
Argentina against Peru has seen a 10-1 advantage for Argentina with the sides having met 15 times. Four matches have been drawn.
The sides last played each other two years ago in a 2018 World Cup qualifier with the game ending 0-0 in Buenos Aires.
Peru vs Argentina Odds
Argentina are favourites to win this match at 1.80 while Peru are priced at 4.33 to take the victory. A draw is available at 3.70 with bet365
Peru vs Argentina Match Up
Argentina have the better players on paper and should win the game but Peru have beaten some good sides since the start of the 2019 Copa America and are capable of absorbing pressure and scoring on the counter attack as well as playing an attacking game.
Peru vs Argentina Stats
- Peru have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
- Peru have scored 2 goals in 6 of their last 8 matches at home (WC qualifiers).
- Peru have drawn their last 3 home World Cup qualifiers against Argentina (WC qualifiers).
- Argentina have won 6 and drawn 4 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).
- Argentina have drawn 3 of their last 7 away World Cup qualifiers (WC qualifiers).
- Argentina have scored 2 or more goals in 5 of their last 8 away matches (WC qualifiers).