Today’s Predictions : Australia Vs Peru
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The 38th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between Australia and Denmark, as both teams would be looking to improve on their decent performances in the first round.
- Date : 26th June 2018
- Time : 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Sochi Stadium
Australia would be looking to bounce back and get their first win of the tournament, a result that could lead to qualification to the next stage if Denmark loses to France.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Peru had quite an eventful qualifying campaign, which began in the worst possible fashion as they were languishing with just 4 points in their last 7 matches. However, their manager found the perfect blend of youth and experience and turned the campaign around in some style. Huge wins over Paraguay and Ecuador fired Peru towards an international playoff against New Zealand, who were no match for the South Americans.
Australia really grinded to merit their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After finishing 3rd behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their qualifying, they had to endure grueling 2 legged play-offs against Honduras and Syria. Winning those crunch ties earned them a 4th consecutive qualification to the World Cup. However, their coach Ange Postecoglou resigned immediately after achieving qualification, under mysterious circumstances.
Peru have been in brilliant form over the past year. They haven’t lost a single game since a 2-0 defeat to Brazil in November 2016. They have won their last 4 matches on the trot, including impressive victories against Croatia and Iceland. They enter this tournament with full confidence.
Australia have won 2 and drawn 2 of their last 5 matches, however a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Norway has got fans worried about their chances at the World Cup. The team is still looking confident though, with a change in formation and return of some key players from injury helping them to a 4-0 victory against the Czech Republic.
Australia and Peru in the World Cup So Far
Peru have been in stunning form of late, not losing a single game in more than 18 months. However, that run was ended by an extremely resilient Denmark side, who managed to shut out the South American to achieve a priceless 1-0 victory. Peru also gave a great fight against France but were unlucky to lose the game 1-0 again, and hence were knocked out of the tournament.
Australia were given the toughest possible fixture against one of the tournament favourites France. While they were expected to succumb easily, the Kangaroos impressed everyone with their resilience, and only a fortunate strike by Paul Pogba in the dying minutes led them to a harsh defeat. They again gave a great fight against Denmark to gain a priceless point, and a win against Peru can ensure qualification to the next round.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have never faced each other before.
Peru received a huge boost when the FIFA ban on marquee player Paolo Guerrero was lifted recently, and he was cleared to play the World Cup. Apart from that the team has developed a possession style brand of football, which has earned them brilliant victories recently and are looking in good shape to make a mark at the World Cup.
Australia recalled their 38-year-old talismanic forward Tim Cahill for the World Cup, much to the delight of their fans. He joins Miles Jedinak as one of the senior figures in the team with vast Premier League experience. Defenders Trent Sainsbury and Matt Jurman missed the recent friendlies due to injury but both would be looking to return to the starting lineup for the first game.
Players To Watch Out For
Peru would be glad to have Paolo Guerrero back in the squad, as his leadership qualities will help them push forward. He is one of their biggest names and would be looking to be amongst the goals. Andre Carillo and Christian Cuevas are the other big name forwards expected to make a difference for them.
Australia will be looking for some inspiration from their Premier League based players. Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy would be looking to transfer his brilliant club form to the World Cup as well, while experienced campaigner Miles Jedinak will try to dominate the midfield alongside him. Tim Cahill has been called up but his lack of fitness may mean that they turn to young Jamie Mclaren for goals, as he has been prolific in his recent loan spell.
Australia vs Peru Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Despite being already knocked out, Peru are actually slight favourites for this game.
- Tim Cahill has scored almost half of Australia’s 11 World Cup goals in their entire history. Scoring at this tournament will make him just the 4th player ever to score in 4 consecutive World Cups.
- Australia have only won 2 World Cup matches in their history.
- Peru are yet to score in this tournament, while Australia have scored in both their matches. We expect this match to be a tight affair, and hence betting on the under 2.5 goals market is a good idea.
Australia fought hard against France, but were eventually outplayed in the dying minutes. They improved a lot against Denmark and got an important win, and we expect them to go all out for those 3 priceless points, which can send them to the knockout stages.
Our Predicted Scoreline: Peru 0-1 Australia