2018 World Cup Preview – Peru

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After 36 years away from the World Cup, Peru are back having qualified the hard way and will want to make the most of their return.

Peru World Cup Betting Markets

Stage of Elimination

  • Group Stage @ $1.40
  • Round of 16 @ $3.60
  • Quarter Final @ $11.00
  • Semi Final @ $26.00
  • Runners Up @ $81.00
  • Winners @ $151.00

Draw

Group:

Peru have been drawn in Group C alongside Australia, France and Denmark

Opponents:

Record vs Denmark – Never Played

Record vs France – W: 1, D: 0, L: 0

Last Meeting – 28 April 1982: Peru def France 1-0

Record vs Australia – Never Played

Schedule:

Sunday 17th June – 2:00am – Peru vs Denmark

Friday 22nd June – 1:00am – Peru vs France

Wednesday 27th June – 12:00am – Peru vs Australia

Group Ranking:

Peru will be happy to embrace the underdog tag in Group C as relative newbies to the tournament compared to the other sides in their group.

What they will be thinking however us how well set they are to shock everyone and show just what they are capable of by springing an upset or two and suddenly appearing in the knockout phase.

On their day they are certainly capable of beating Denmark and Australia and winning both those games will almost certainly get them through the group.

Back Peru to Win Group C @ $10.00

World Cup History

Number of Appearances

4 – 1930, 1970, 1978, 1982

Best Performance

Quarter Finals – 1970

Match Record & Goals Tally

Played: 15, Won: 4, Drawn: 3, Lost: 8

Scored: 19, Conceded: 31

2018 Qualifying Campaign

Made the World Cup by…

Peru finished fifth in CONEMBOL World Cup Qualification and won the CONEMBOL-Oceania Playoff to Qualify for Russia

Qualifying Record & Goals Tally

Played: 20, Won: 8, Drawn: 6, Lost: 6

Scored: 29, Conceded: 26

Story to Watch

Peru come into this tournament with a well balanced squad with a solid mix of youth and experience.

Will the return of captain Paolo Guerrero spur them onto overachieve in Russia and defy the odds with a run into the knockout stages?

Peru 2018 World Cup Squad

GOALKEEPERS

Pedro Gallese, Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo

DEFENDERS

Aldo Corzo, Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Miguel Araujo, Alberto Rodriguez, Anderson Santamaria, Miguel Trauco, Nilson Loyola

MIDFIELDERS

Renato Tapia, Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun, Paolo Hurtado, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Andy Polo, Wilder Cartagena

FORWARDS

Andre Carrillo, Raul Ruidiaz, Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero

Strengths

Peru’s strength lies in their attack with a strike force that is capable of putting away the chances set up for them.

Jefferson Farfan is a player with a great goalscoring record at club level and has spent the past season in the Russian League.

Overall Peru will need their forward line producing in what is sure to be a tough Group C.

Weakness

Outside of Brazil, South American teams have recently tended not to perform well in European World Cups and Peru could very well fall victim to that curse.

Peru had four of their six losses in qualification come away from home and they will need to find a way to perform without a raucous home crowd behind them.

Notable Absentees

With their captain included in the squad, Peru’s coach had a full pool of players to select from and took his best 23 players.

Key Player

Paolo Guerrero

We are all familiar with the tale of Paolo Guerrero and the overturning of his suspension to allow him to join his team at the World Cup.

On the pitch he is a mercurial presence giving Peru a leader and attacking outlet.

The veteran has been capped 87 times and has scored an impressive 34 goals and would love to add a World Cup goal or two to that resume.

Back Paolo Guerrero as Peru’s Leading Goalscorer @ $3.50

Final Prediction

Peru’s best asset is that they can come into this World Cup with nothing to lose however their draw is certainly imposing.

A loss in their first game will be damning to their cause and Denmark is a better side and backing up against France could end their finals hopes before the third and final game against Australia.

PREDICTION: GROUP STAGE

Best Bet: Peru Not to Qualify from Group C @ $1.40

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