Peru vs. New Zeeland / World Cup Qualification – As it was expected, 1st leg was tactically caution match on both sides that ended ad goalless draw. Of course, the result suits the Peruvians more since the 2nd leg will be played in their country. Anyway, they were favourites to qualify for Russia and now they have chance to confirm that in front of their fans. The first match with New Zealanders was nine consecutive that Peru didn’t lose, while New Zeeland won just once in the same period. Begins: 16.11.2017 – 03:15 CET
Peru achieved what it wanted from the first match and now is in situation that any victory sends them to the World Cup, the first after 35 years of absence. It is dangerous that no goals were scored in the first match as if they received even one in Lima their situation would get far more complicated.
The Peruvians have series of three draws. They firstly drew 0-0 with Argentina away in the qualification, than played 1-1 with Columbia but they were overly caution in the match and didn’t want to take any risks given fact that if they lost they would definitely have no chance to qualify for the World Cup. Before those two draws Peru won five matches in a row and was in indeed good shape. The team’s first scorer Guerrer is out of action but Farfan is back and will be in the top of attack. The rest of the team is fairly expected and probably the same players will start this match.
Probable lineups Peru: Gallese – Corzo, Rodriguez, Ramos, Trauco – Yotun, Tapia – Carrillo, Cueva, Flores – Farfan
The New Zealanders were aware that will be much harder to play against a South American team than with rivals from Oceania, which they won without much trouble. For example, they defeated Solomon Islands in the last part of qualifications by 6-1 at home and then allowed themselves luxury to drew the second match 2-2. Before that the New Zealanders had a series of five defeats out of which two were friendlies and three were played at the Confederation Cup, where it could be seen that New Zeeland struggles against stronger rivals.
At least they haven’t lost to Peru their first match although the true test will be match in Lima, where will also face a fierce atmosphere. Coach Hudson had surprised in the first match regarding the team as New Zeeland played with four defenders. Colvey played at the left flank and it was also surprising that one team’s biggest stars forward Woods had started as reservist and came off the match only in the second halftime. Now, we expect to see him in the starting line-up.
Probable lineups New Zeeland: Marinovic – Boxall, T. Smith, W. Reid, Colvey – McGlinchey – Wynne, Rojas, Thomas – Wood, Barbarouses
Peru – New Zeeland PICK
The Peruvians are even bigger favourites to reach the World Cup than were before. They need victory but it doesn’t mean they will attack non-stop as they need just a minimal triumph. New Zealand will try to defend itself and will wait for its chance from counter-attacks, so we again don’t expect too many goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.00 at bet365 (down to 1.90 can be played)