Peru v Chile Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
July 02, 2019
Arena do Gremio - Copa America
Chile look to reach their third consecutive Copa America final, as they take on a stubborn Peru side on Thursday evening. Ricardo Gareca may not have the most talented squad in the competition, but has relied on hard work and defensive organisation to progress to where they are.
Peru won their first game in five against Chile wen the sides last met, in a 2018 international friendly. The scoring was opened half-way through the second half by an Enzo Roco own goal, with the Incas taking advantage of Chile's attempts to equalise with Pedro Aquino bagging a brace.
Reinaldo Rueda is unlikely to make many changes to the XI that has taken his side to the semi-final, with his midfield trio of Arturo Vidal, Erick Pulgar and Charles Aranguiz playing key part in the system.
Gareca will have to decide whether to stick with Raul Ruidiaz or to reinstate veteran Jefferson Farfan in an attempt to inject more goals into his side. The manager has not been afraid to rotate so far during the tournament and may also be considering Andy Polo.
Chile v Peru Predictions and Previews
Thursday's meeting between Chile and Peru may seem like the undercard semi-final, compared to Brazil v Argentina, however, La Roja are not to be underestimated.
Despite a poor run of form in 2017 and 2018, Rueda's side have won the last two editions of the Copa America, and boast a number of world-class players embedded into a highly settled squad. In their last game, against a confident Colombia side, they dominated possession and almost doubled their opponents shots on goal, eventually winning in a penalty shoot out.
Against Peru however, Chile are likely to have a very different experience, and will be facing a side that is more than happy to cede possession and grind out to a penalty shoot-out. Gareca's side have found goals hard to come by, scoring in just one of their four games so far, but, a hammering by Brazil aside, they have managed to keep their opponents at bay.
Traditionally games between these opponents have been high in goals, and an early goal from the likes of Alexis Sanchez, who is 23/10 to do so, could spark the game into action. Neither manager will be keen on risking progress in the competition by taking risks so it could well be an piece of individual brilliance that decides the game - fortunately for Chile they have no shortage of players able to do so.
Eduardo Vargas to score anytime at 39/19
The forward has two goals already in the tournament and will likely spend the majority of the game in Peru's box, sniffing out any opportunity.
0-0 after 90 minutes at 6/1
Despite recent meetings, both sides are likely to be conservative in attack and we could be in for another scoreless draw.