The reduced capacity of the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires will await nothing less than a repeat of the spectacle that Lionel Messi and reigning South American champion Argentina gave on Sunday against Uruguay in a 3-0 victory. But they may not have such a willing participant to visit Peru.
While Argentina ranks second in the South American World Cup standings, which would give it a direct ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Peru (eighth place, 11 points) is struggling just to stay alive for the playoff. place awarded to fifth place.
Led by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, Peru will look to make life difficult for Argentina and try to come out with at least one draw, especially given the absence of several of its most influential players.
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28 min.: Argentine striker Lautaro Martínez suffered a blow to his ankle and is trying to shake it off after a treatment. It is not good news for Argentina.
26 min.: Peru is letting Argentina have the flanks, but is preventing quick combinations and penetration through the middle. Peru looks comfortable defending so far.
24 min.: Angel Di Maria Opportunity! A center comes from the right side and he is at the far post and he shoots it very wide on the volley. If he put it on goal it would have been a problem for the Peruvian Gallese.
21 min .: What an opportunity for Lapadula! He runs to a ball in the Argentina area and tries to touch it past Draw Martinez, but he doesn’t get enough contact and it’s an easy save. The best chance in the game.
18 min.: Masked striker Lapadula is a one-man wrecking team for Peru, while the rest of his teammates get comfortable. Meanwhile, Ángel Di María thought he had earned a corner kick, but it turns out he was offside. He doesn’t like the call.
9 min.: Messi wins a free kick and delivers it to the area where Cuti Romero heads home, but is offside. The VAR verification took a while.
5th minute: Peru with extended first period of possession and Yoshimar Yotun wins a free throw at about 20 yards. Lapadula pulls in the shoelaces and Draw Martínez has to make a great save.
4th minute: What a pass from Messi! Feed Di Maria from the left and the center crosses the goal, as does De Paul. Argentina fires warning shots.
1st min .: We’re out and just 40 seconds into the game Rodrigo De Paul sends a cross through the six-yard box, but there are no teammates to take advantage of.
7:34 pm: Unique interpretation of the Argentine anthem. Peru continues:
7:05 pm: The stadium looks full:
6:50 pm: The scenes around the Monumental of Buenos Aires:
6:24 pm: Peru arriving at the Monumental Stadium:
Argentina vs. Peru: lineups
Head coach Lionel Scaloni has a full squad available for the selection and, as is customary in his rosters, has several interchangeable parts, such is the competitive level of Argentina’s roster. Reports indicated that the only concern for the injury was left-back Marcos Acuña, but he recovered from the muscle injury that kept him out of the win against Uruguay. Right back, without rest for Nahuel Molina, who started the other two games in this October window.
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Argentina’s projected starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 23-Emiliano “Draw” 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
Argentina Projected Subscribers: 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 squad: Juan Musso-GK, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Facundo Medina, Julian Alvarez, Nicolas Dominguez, Juan Foyth, Alejandro “Papu” Gomez)
Peru will be left without several players of initial caliber: Paolo Guerrero, Renato Tapia, Edison Flores, Andre Carrillo and Luis Advincula, who joined the list with a muscle strain. Sergio Peña did not enter the call; Christofer Gonzales will start in midfield.
Peru’s projected starting lineup (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 Cave – 9-Gianluca Lapadula
Projected subsidies 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 on staff: Sergio Peña, Oslimg Mora)
How to watch Argentina vs. Peru
- Date: Thursday October 14
- Weather: 7:30 pm ET
- Transmission: fuboTV
Argentina vs. Peru and all qualifying matches for the World Cup in South America can be broadcast exclusively on fuboTV in English and Spanish.
The games are also available on pay-per-view through cable and satellite television providers.
Argentina vs. Peru: betting odds and prediction
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Choose: Under 2.75 total Asian goals (+105)
Especially in light of their absences, Peru will likely aim to leave the city with a draw. That would require a conservative strategy based on interrupting the flow of the game. You don’t want to get into a court match against Argentina’s transition game.
For an example of what to expect, consider Peru’s away game in Brazil in September: 29 combined fouls, nine total yellow cards and only five total shots on target. In the October 2017 goalless draw in Buenos Aires, also with Gareca as their coach, Peru only fired two shots.
The goal total under 2.5 (+125) has a shot in this game, but the Asian total is a safer game. In Peru’s last nine qualifiers, only two have seen three or more goals. Two of Argentina’s five home qualifying games have been passed. And when these two teams played in Peru in November 2020, it was a 2-0 Argentina victory.
The Asian total under 2.75 refunds half the bet if it is exactly a three goal game.
Prediction: Argentina 2, Peru 0
- Money line: Argentina -575 | Draw +650 | Peru +1600
- Spread: Argentina -2.5 (+145) | Peru +2.5 (-190)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -155 | Below +125
- Both teams will score: Yes +180 | No -240
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.