Peru and Colombia are on the outside looking in when it comes to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Peru are ninth in CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying with a mere one point from 12 points available. Colombia have been especially poor in qualifying taking just four points from 12. The Colombians are one team that are expected to qualify for next year’s World Cup. However, it has been a struggle for the team to pick up points. The good news for manager Reinaldo Reuda is that just two points separate Colombia from fifth-place Uruguay.

On Thursday (Friday in the UK), Peru will host Colombia in Lima at the Estadio Nacional. Peru claimed a 2-2 draw versus Paraguay on matchday 1 of 2022 World Cup qualifying. Following that draw, they lost three straight matches versus Brazil, Chile, and Argentina – three of the strongest teams in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

Colombia picked up a win on matchday 1 versus Venezuela and a draw the following matchday against Chile. They followed up those strong performances with back-to-back losses to Uruguay and Ecuador. The loss to Ecuador was embarrassing as Colombia lost 6-1.

Colombia and Peru have a long history against each other. The Colombians have posted a record of 25W-22D-18L versus Peru. Colombia are unbeaten in nine straight matches versus Peru. Their last match was played in November 2019 in a friendly with Colombia winning 3-0. Can the Colombians win once more versus Peru and improve their hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

Peru vs Colombia Betting Odds

 

Thursday’s game in CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying will be the first for Colombia and Peru in 2021. Several of CONMEBOL’s teams have not been able to play this year. Now, the teams are gearing up to play a busy summer schedule. Following the teams’ 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, they will play in the Copa America tournament.

Leading sportsbooks have Peru at odds of 5/2 to win the match versus Colombia. Peru have not won since 2011 when playing the Colombian national team. The Peruvians failed to score in their last two 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. They are joint-bottom of CONMEBOL qualifying with one point. They are –6 in goal difference with 10 goals allowed and four scored.

Colombia are –5 in goal difference with 11 goals allowed and six scored. Leading sportsbooks have Colombia at odds of 13/10 to win the match versus Peru. Reuda needs the team to get things going in 2022 World Cup qualifying if they want to progress to the tournament.

Four of CONMEBOL’s teams will qualify for the World Cup directly while the fifth-place finisher will progress to the inter-continental playoff. Colombia’s last two wins versus Peru were victories to nil. Can they get third straight win versus Peru?

Peru vs Colombia Betting Team News

Peru reached the World Cup Finals 2018 where they lost twice and won once. The squad that the team had then – and now – wasn't high on quality. Peru reached the World Cup Finals thanks to strong play despite lacking star names. Only six players in the Peru squad play for clubs in Europe. Luis Advincula, Miguel Trauco, Miguel Araujo, Renato Tapia, Sergio Pena, and Gianluca Lapadula are the six players that compete for clubs in Europe.

Lapadula is an interesting member of the team. He played for Italy’s B squad before changing national sides and joining Peru in 2020. The majority of players in the Peru squad come from the country’s domestic league and Major League Soccer. Thirty-seven-year-old forward Paolo Guerrero is in the team once more. He is the team’s leading cap getter with 101. He has tallied 38 goals for the national team.

Colombia will be without midfielder James Rodriguez this summer. A lingering calf injury will keep the midfielder out of both World Cup qualifying and the Copa America tournament. The Colombian team still have plenty of quality in the side including Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina who has 105 caps. Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado and Atalanta’s Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata will lead the Colombians’ attack on Friday night.

Juan Fernando Quintero was left out of the squad following a positive COVID-19 test. Rangers striker Alfredo Morales was also left out following a positive COVID-19 test.

Peru vs Colombia Betting Predictions

Both teams to score: YES @19/20 - BET NOW

 

Two of Colombia’s last four 2022 World Cup qualifying matches finished with both teams scoring goals. Both matches ended without wins for the Colombians. Like Colombia, Peru have had two of their four matches in 2022 World Cup qualifying finish with both national teams scoring. The two national teams have conceded double digit goals after four games in qualifying.

Andre Carrillo to score anytime @9/2 - BET NOW

 

Peru striker Andre Carrillo has three times in four 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. Carrillo plays his club football in Saudi Arabia where he has scored eight goals in 34 matches in 2020-21. Carrillo has played for the Peruvian national team since 2011. He has appeared in 65 matches for the side scoring six times. Half of those goals have come in 2022 World Cup qualifying.

Over 2.5 goals scored @13/10 - BET NOW

 

Both Peru and Colombia have been guilty of conceding goals to opponents. Peru have allowed 10 goals to opponents while Colombia have conceded 11 times to opponents in qualifying. Both Peru and Colombia are desperate to get wins this week. Peru have taken a mere one point from 12 possible. Colombia have four points from 12 points available. If Peru fail to win against Colombia this week, they will fall even further off the pace and most likely never recover.

Following their match against Colombia, Peru will play versus Ecuador in World Cup qualifying. The Ecuadorans are the surprise team in CONMEBOL currently. They are third in qualifying standings. Colombia will follow up the game versus Peru with a difficult fixture versus Argentina. On paper, Colombia should claim a win versus Peru to improve their chances of making the top five in the CONMEBOL standings.

Peru vs Colombia Tips

Here are our top tips for the Peru vs Colombia World Cup Qualifying match on Friday at Estadio Nacional de Lima.

  1. Both teams to score: YES @19/20 - BET NOW
  2. Andre Carrillo to score anytime @9/2 - BET NOW
  3. Over 2.5 goals scored @13/10 - BET NOW