Argentina are coming off of a 3-0 thrashing against Uruguay on matchday 11 of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. Now, Argentina are set to play Peru on matchday 12 with the chance to pull closer to first-place Brazil. Peru are seventh in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group. They are four points off of the fifth-place playoff qualification place.
Argentina vs Peru Match Preview
Peru are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Bolivia in World Cup qualifying last weekend. It was a damning blow for the Peruvians’ World Cup qualification hope. Bolivia are second from bottom in the group. The team’s 1-0 loss came on the heels of a 2-0 win over Chile. Peru are hot and cold in World Cup qualifying and based on form currently, they won’t finish in the top five of the CONMEBOL standings.
Argentina are unbeaten in 13 straight games this year. The team won the Copa America in the summer and since then, Argentina have won three games and drawn once. In Argentina’s three wins, they scored three goals in each match, respectively.
The Sky Blues have a brilliant record against Peru. Argentina’s head-to-head record is 34W-14D-7L dating back to 1927 versus the Peruvians. The teams have not played since 2020 in the reverse World Cup qualifying fixture. Argentina won the game 2-0. Can Peru end Argentina’s unbeaten streak?
Argentina vs Peru Betting Odds
Argentina have not lost to Peru since 1997. The Sky Blues are unbeaten in 14 straight games against Peru and bookies expect the unbeaten run to continue this week. Argentina are at the best betting odds of 3/10 to win the match at full-time versus Peru on Thursday. At the weekend, Argentina defeated Uruguay 3-0 with goals from Lionel Messi, Rodrigo De Paul, and Lautaro Martinez. Manager Lionel Scaloni is likely to play a similarly strong squad to keep the team’s form going in World Cup qualifying.
Peru are heavy underdogs to win at full-time at the best betting odds of 10/1. Four of Peru’s last seven games finished with losses. After beating Chile 2-0 to start the October international break, Peru lost 1-0 at the weekend versus Bolivia. The win over Chile featured goals from Christian Cueva and Sergio Pena.
Two of the last three games between Argentina and Peru finished in draws. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw between Argentina and Peru at full-time are 15/4. Argentina have drawn four times in 10 qualifying matches. The Sky Blues are +12 in goal difference. Peru desperately need to win to keep pace with the fifth-place playoff position.
Messi is in great form for Argentina going into matchday 12. The Paris Saint-Germain forward has scored four goals in Argentina’s last three games. He scored three of those goals in September versus Bolivia.
Argentina vs Peru Team News
Lionel Scaloni could play a strong squad once more despite players leaving for their club teams in Europe on Friday. If Scaloni decides to play a strong squad once more, then Messi is likely to play as the traditional No. 10 behind Lautaro Martinez. Both players scored in Argentina’s win over Uruguay.
Giovani Lo Celso played on the right-hand side of the attack with Nico Gonzalez on the left. Scaloni could shake things up with Angel Di Maria taking a place in the attack while Joaquin Correra is in line for a place in the starting XI.
Striker Gianluca Lapadula started for Peru against Bolivia but could make way for Jefferson Farfan in the starting XI. Farfan has recently returned to the national team. Manager Ricardo Gareca played a 4-1-4-1 formation versus Bolivia. They struggled in possession with just 43% kept.
Gareca’s squad is short on quality with just two players called in from top-five leagues in Europe. Defender Miguel Trauco of Saint-Etienne and defender Luis Abram of Granada are the only two members that compete in top leagues in Europe.
Argentina vs Peru H2H
The Sky Blues have a brilliant record against Peru. Argentina’s head-to-head record is 34W-14D-7L dating back to 1927 versus the Peruvians. The teams have not played since 2020 in the reverse World Cup qualifying fixture. Argentina won the game 2-0 thanks to first half goals from Nico Gonzalez and Lautaro Martinez.
Argentina have not lost to Peru since 1997. The Sky Blues are unbeaten in 14 straight games against Peru and bookies expect the unbeaten run to continue this week. Two of the last three games between these teams finished in draws. Peru are hit and miss in qualifying. Goals conceded have been an issue with 18 allowed, which is the third-most in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
Argentina vs Peru Prediction
Lionel Messi to score two or more goals @ 15/8 - BET NOW
Messi has scored four goals in Argentina’s last three games. He scored a hat-trick in September against Bolivia. Messi is playing brilliantly at the international level. Our betting tips prediction is for Messi to score two or more goals versus Peru on Thursday in Buenos Aires.
Argentina to win to nil @ 20/21 - BET NOW
Argentina have kept two clean sheets in their last two games in World Cup qualifying. Our betting tips prediction is for Scaloni’s defence to continue to play well with a win to nil. Argentina have a swagger about them following the Copa America win in July. Messi is playing without pressure and should lead the team to a win versus Peru.
Argentina highest scoring half: First half @21/10
Argentina scored twice in the first half when they played Peru in the reverse fixture. The first half was Argentina’s highest scoring half in the 2-0 win over the Peruvians. Our betting tips prediction is for Argentina to come out of the blocks fast and to get on the scoresheet early. Against Uruguay on Sunday, Argentina scored two of their three goals in the first half. Scaloni’s team should have no issues with winning at home against Peru and solidifying their place in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying standings.
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