The reduced-capacity crowd at the Estadio Monumental de Buenos Aires will be waiting for nothing less than a repeat of the spectacle that Lionel Messi and reigning South American champion Argentina offered on Sunday against Uruguay in of a 3-0 victory. But they may not have a participant so willing to visit Peru.
With Argentina in second place in the South American World Cup qualifying standings, which would give them a direct ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Peru (eighth place, 11 points ) is scratching just to stay alive for the playoffs. place which is given to fifth place.
Coached by Argentinian Ricardo Gareca, Peru will look to make life difficult for Argentina and look to come away with at least one draw, especially given the absence of several of their most influential players.
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5th minute: Peru with the first extended spell of possession and Yoshimar Yotun gets a free kick from around 20 yards. Lapadula threads her laces there and Dibu Martinez has to make a big stop.
4th minute: What a pass from Messi! He feeds Di Maria wide on the left and the center passes in front of the goal, just like that of De Paul. Argentina fires warning shots.
1st minute: We’re off and just 40 seconds into the game Rodrigo De Paul sends a cross through the penalty area, but there are no teammates to take advantage of it.
7:34 p.m .: Unique interpretation of the Argentine anthem. Peru follows:
7:05 p.m .: The stadium seems full:
6:50 p.m .: Scenes around the Monumental in Buenos Aires:
6:24 p.m .: Peru arriving at the Estadio Monumental:
Argentina vs Peru: Line-up
Head coach Lionel Scaloni has a full squad available for selection and, as usual with his rosters, he has several interchangeable pieces – such is the competitive level of Argentina’s roster. Reports said the only injury issue was left behind Marcos Acuna’s back, but he recovered from the muscle injury that kept him from securing the victory over Uruguay. At the right-back, no respite for Nahuel Molina, who started the other two matches of this October window.
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Starting eleven projected by Argentina (4-3-3, from left to right): 23-Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez-GK – 8-Marcos Acuna, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 13-Cristian Romero, 21-Nahuel Molina – 20-Giovani Lo Celso, 5-Leandro Paredes, 7-Rodrigo De Paul – 10-Lionel Messi, 22-Lautaro Martinez, 11-Angel Di Maria
Submarines planned in Argentina: 1-Franco Armani-GK, 12-Esteban Andrada, 2-Lisandro Martinez, 6-German Pezzella, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico, 4-Gonzalo Montiel, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 14-Exequiel Palacios, 17-Lucas Alario, 9-Angel Correa, 16-Joaquin Correa, 15-Nicolas Gonzalez
(Not in the team: Juan Musso-GK, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Facundo Medina, Julian Alvarez, Nicolas Dominguez, Juan Foyth, Alejandro “Papu” Gomez)
Peru will be deprived of a number of starting caliber players: Paolo Guerrero, Renato Tapia, Edison Flores, Andre Carrillo and Luis Advincula, who have joined the roster with muscle tension. Sergio Pena was not part of the squad; Christofer Gonzales will start in midfield.
Peru’s projected starting XI (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-Pedro Gallese-GK – 6-Miguel Trauco, 22-Alexander Callens, 5-Carlos Zambrano, 4-Jhilmar Lora – 19-Yoshimar Yotun, 23-Pedro Aquino – 11-Raziel Garcia, 16-Christofer Gonzales, 8-Christian Cueva – 9-Gianluca Lapadula
Submarines projected in Peru: 21-Jose Carvallo-GK, 12-Carlos Caceda-GK, 3-Marcos Lopez, 2-Luis Abram, 7-Miguel Araujo, 15-Christian Ramos, 13-Wilder Cartagena, 10-Jefferson Farfan, 14-Gabriel Costa, 18 -Santiago Ormeno, 20-Horacio Calcaterra, 17-Alex Valera
(Not in the team: Sergio Pena, Oslimg Mora)
How to watch Argentina vs Peru
- Dated: Thursday October 14
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Diffusion: fuboTV
Argentina vs Peru and all World Cup qualifying matches in South America can be streamed exclusively on fuboTV in English and Spanish.
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Argentina vs Peru: odds and predictions
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: Under 2.75 Asian goals in total (+105)
Especially in light of their absences, Peru will likely aim to get out of town with a draw. This would require a conservative strategy based on the interruption of the flow of the game. You don’t want to compete in track and field against Argentina’s transition game.
For an example of what you can expect, take Peru’s road game in Brazil in September: 29 combined fouls, nine yellow cards in total and just five shots on target in total. In the October 2017 goalless draw in Buenos Aires, also with Gareca as their coach, Peru took just two shots.
Under 2.5 goals total (+125) has a shot in this game, but the Asian total is a safer game. In Peru’s last nine qualifiers, only two have scored three or more goals. Two of Argentina’s five home qualifiers have passed. And when these two teams played in Peru in November 2020, it was a 2-0 victory for Argentina.
The Asian total of under 2.75 pays off half the bet if it is exactly a three-goal game.
Prediction: Argentina 2, Peru 0
- Moneyline: Argentina -575 | Draw +650 | Peru +1600
- Disseminate: Argentina -2.5 (+145) | Peru +2.5 (-190)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -155 | Less than +125
- The two teams score: Yes +180 | No -240