After seeing Brazil stumble for the first time in CONMEBOL Qualifying, Argentina will host Peru, with an eye on the top spot, next Thursday, 14. The Argentines can stay just three points behind Brazil, current holders of the first position, two games before the confrontation. On the other hand, the Peruvians are trying to get back to winning ways in order not to move even further away from the World Cup qualification zone. The duel is in the 12th qualifying round.
Stadium and city where Argentina vs Peru will be played
Just like last Sunday, the Argentineans will again play at the Estadio Monumental de Núñez in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The traditional venue is the home of River Plate and one of the favorite stages of the two-time world champions.
Last meeting between the teams
Argentina and Peru last met in November 2020, also in a World Cup qualifier. The duel played in Lima ended with victory for the Argentines by 2-0. Nicolás González and Lautaro Martínez were the goal scorers. It was the 14th consecutive encounter that the Peruvians failed to beat the two-time world champions. Their last victory was back in 1997, in that edition of the Copa America, 2-1.
Argentina reached their 24th match without defeat last weekend. The convincing 3-0 win against Uruguay extended a fine run of form for Lionel Scaloni’s men. The Uruguayans are now two points clear of Brazil at the top of the CONMEBOL qualifying group. The two-time world champions now have 22 points in the race, six less than the Brazilians and seven more than Colombia, the first out of the direct qualification zone for South Africa 2010.
One of only two unbeaten teams in this qualifying campaign, Argentina has a record of six wins, and four draws so far. The two-time world champions also boast the second-best defense in the competition, conceding just six goals this term. Only the Brazilians have conceded less. Their attack is the third most efficient in the qualifying competition. They have scored 18 goals so far, with only Brazil and Ecuador having better records.
The only absentee for Argentina’s subsequent encounter is likely to remain Marcos Acuña. The left-back pulled out of the Paraguay match injured and was not even called up for the Uruguay match. As a result, Nicolás Tagliafico is likely to continue in the starting line-up. There are two other openings in the squad, both in the attacking department. Lautaro Martinez and Nicolas Gonzalez were given a chance in the last game and could start in the starting XI on Thursday.
At the other end of the pitch, Peru will be keen to get back to winning ways when they travel to Argentina. Ricardo Gareca’s men were beaten 1-0 away to Bolivia last Sunday, which prevented the Peruvians from winning again. The setback prevented the Peruvians from overtaking Paraguay and close in on the World Cup qualification zone. The national team occupies the seventh position, with 11 points, four less than Colombia, the first team in the G5.
The numbers for Ricardo Gareca’s team are far from positive in these World Cup qualifiers. After 11 matches, the Peruvians have won three, drawn two, and lost six. In this period, the national team scored only ten goals, which gives the team the third-worst record of the dispute. In addition, they have conceded 18 times, which also leaves Peru with the third-worst defensive record.
The Peruvians have a crucial absentee for their clash with Argentina. Left-back Miguel Trauco returns after serving a suspension against Bolivia. The Saint-Etienne player is set to be back in Marcos Lopez’s place in the last game. However, Ricardo Gareca will once again be without Edinson Flores. The attacking midfielder was injured against Chile, and, just like last Sunday, Christofer Gonzalez will have to make way for him.
Argentina vs Peru betting tips
Goal Betting Tips
Argentina has the second-best defense in the qualifiers. The Argentinians have conceded just six goals in ten games, and in their last three outings, they have not conceded a single goal. That, combined with the fact that the Peruvians have scored no more than two goals in their last five outings, suggests they will be favoring a low-scoring duel in Buenos Aires. In other words, it is worth investing in ‘less than 2.5 goals’. The selection at Bet365 is rated at 2.00.
Betting suggestion for the result
Playing at home and with excellent technical superiority over their rivals, Lionel Scaloni’s men should win with some ease. Argentina knows they cannot afford to lose any points if they have any chance of overtaking the current leaders in their head-to-head tie with Brazil. Therefore, another option that could be good for the bettors is for the hosts to win from the end of the first half. The choice has odds at Bet365 at 1.83.
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After seeing Brazil stumble for the first time in the CONMEBOL Qualifiers, Argentina will host Peru, with an eye on the lead, next Thursday, 14.
Just like last Sunday, 10, the Argentines will again play at the Estadio Monumental de Núñez in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The duel in Lima ended in a 2-0 win for the Argentinians. Nicolás González and Lautaro Martínez were the scorers of the match.
The bookmaker with the best odds for this match is Bet365!