Sports Mole provides an overview of Thursday’s World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Peru, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Argentina will seek to maintain their invincibility at CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 Qualify when they host Peru in Buenos Aires on Thursday.
Lionel scaloniThe team lost 3-0 to Uruguay in their last battle, while their visitors suffered a disheartening loss to Bolivia.
Being held in check by a goalless draw in Paraguay was not the perfect way for Argentina to kick off their October fixtures, but the quality of the Copa America champions really stood out against Uruguay on Sunday during a resounding 3-0 success.
Lionel messi and Rodrigo de Paul allowed Argentina to score two goals before the break, and Lautaro Martinez would end the rout with a strike just past the hour mark, but the day belonged to the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi’s 38th-minute opener – a bit unusual – scored his 80th international goal, seeing him become the first South American to reach that benchmark as records continue to mount for the 34-year-old during the later stages of his career.
As one of two CONMEBOL qualifying teams with their unbeaten streak still intact, Argentina sit second in the group – six points behind the Brazilian leader, whose winning streak ended last time – and a comfortable road to Qatar 2022 is underway. cards for Scaloni’s side.
The win over Uruguay marked their third straight clean sheet in World Cup qualifiers, and their unbeaten run in all tournaments now stands at 24 games as they look to avoid a first home defeat since October 2016 midweek.
Peru, on the other hand, were unable to keep up the momentum of their 2-0 win over Chile days before traveling to an outsized Bolivia, which claimed a 1-0 victory despite a drop. to 10 men at home. .
Fourteen minutes after being introduced as a substitute, forward Henri vaca received his marching orders for Bolivia, but its namesake Ramiro vaca also came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute, a surprising statistic given that 32 shots were fired during the game.
Twenty-one of those efforts were on Bolivia’s side, as Peru’s lack of defensive discipline saw them fall to a sixth loss in 11 World Cup qualifying games as they occupied seventh. place in the standings, five points from the automatic qualifying places.
With just two wins out of their last seven in all tournaments, the odds of Ricardo GarecaPeru, which plays two consecutive matches in a World Cup final, loses weight and travels to Argentina after four successive away defeats.
Three of the last five meetings between Argentina and Peru have ended in a tie, but the Copa America winners have gone up to a 2-0 victory in the last game in November 2020, while the visitors have not beaten. their next opponents since 1997.
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Argentina striker Martinez took away muscle fatigue to start and score against Uruguay in a strong 65-minute cameo, but Marcos Acuna was nowhere to be found after injuring himself against Paraguay.
Nicolas Tagliafico should therefore take his place at the left rear with Acuna getting back into shape, while Joaquin Corréa also suffered a blow on Sunday and will need to be evaluated.
Nicolas gonzalez also received the green light Angel Di Maria last time, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward is hoping for some rotation this week.
Meanwhile, Peru have no injury issues to report following their loss to Bolivia, but Gareca has lost some experienced heads Renato Tapia, Edison Flores and Paul Guerrero to injuries before the start of the October games.
Jefferson Farfan won his 99th cap for the national team last time around, and the 36-year-old will only become the sixth player to score a century of appearances for Peru if he wins a few minutes here.
Miguel Trauco comes back from suspension to offer a change option at the rear left, while Gianluca Lapadula is indispensable at the top.
Possible starting eleven for Argentina:
E. Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Di Maria, Paredes, De Paul, Gonzalez; Messi, L. Martinez
Possible starting eleven for Peru:
Welsh; Advincula, Abram, Callens, Lopez; Yotun, Aquino, Gonzales; Farfan, Lapadula, Cueva
We say: Argentina 2-0 Peru
Scaloni will certainly be tempted to reshuffle the field for this game, but Argentina should still have too much quality for their counterparts this week.
Albiceleste are almost always unplayable at home, as Peru enter this game following a confidence-sapping loss, clearing the way for Messi and Co to extend their team’s unbeaten streak to 25 games here.
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