Australia v Peru Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 22, 2018
Fisht Olympic Stadium - World Cup Group C
Australia face Peru on Tuesday, with the home side mathematically able to qualify for the group stage, provided Denmark lose to France. The Socceroos were saved by yet another Mile Jedinak penalty in their last game, whereas la Blanquirroja have yet to pick up a single point in the competition.
This will be the first meeting between the two intentional sides, with the two sides relatively evenly matched
Bert van Marwijk will have to make an unwanted change for Tuesday's game, with centre-forward Andrew Nabbout ruled out due to a shoulder injury sustained against Denmark. His replacement, Tomi Juric failed to make much of an impact, and the coach is under pressure to give top-scorer Tim Cahill a starting role.
Ricardo Gareca made two changes for his side's defeat to France, and given the performance, may be tempted to continue with the same line-up.
Preview and Predictions
With both Group C games kicking off at the same time on Tuesday, Australia won't know its fate until the game is over. If their wishes come true, and France beat Denmark, then the Socceroos may jump into second place with a heavy win.
Van Marwijk's side may be doing slightly better than Peru in the competition, but have struggled to finish chances from open play, with their only two goals coming from penalties. The two goal margin that they need to give them a shot at qualification will be their biggest issue, especially with centre-forward Nabbout out of action.
This could, however, be a blessing in disguise, forcing van Marwijk to give Tim Cahill a run out. Australia's all time leading goalscorer might not be a favourite of the manager, but is the only striker in the squad with big-game experience, which may be the boost needed to overcome Peru.
Despite having been expelled from the competition without scoring a single goal, Peruvians will point out that Tuesday's game will be their first as favourites. La Blanquirroja are certainly not a bad side, and proved it against France, who not only struggled to break them down, but spent large amounts of the match on the back foot. With pace to burn combined with physicality and a number of technically adept players, Peru will be confident of a win against Australia.
Game management will be the biggest concern for van Marwijk in the lead up to the match. Given that a win is not enough, the defensive football that Australia has exhibited so far in the competition could well be their downfall, whilst changing approach could see Peru outscore them.
Australia to score a penalty at 6/1
The high number of penalties in the competition as a result of VAR have given Australia a lifeline, and they may play for yet another on Tuesday.
Christian Cueva to score first at 15/2
Peru haven't scored in a World Cup in 36 years, but Cueva looks a good player and could redeem himself for his penalty miss against Denmark.