Peru vs Paraguay: Preview & Prediction
With remote odds of securing a place in the 2018 World Cup, Russia, Peru and Paraguay will host a preparatory friendly on Thursday, June 8, to prepare for the final four rounds of the South American qualifiers. The duel takes place at the Mansiche stadium in Trujillo, Peru, starting at 7.30 pm (Brasília time).
Peru’s recent performance
For the Peruvians, it will be the first of two friendlies scheduled for the date set by FIFA (International Football Federation) for appointments between teams. The next will be on June 13 against Jamaica.
The team will present you with news. Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca called for the first time Alexi Gómez, Alexander Succar and José Manzaneda, athletes who work in national teams. Regarding the ‘foreigners’, the base that had been used was maintained, including striker Paolo Guerrero and Flamengo’s left-back Trauco.
With this squad, Peru had 18 points (five wins, three draws and six losses). It is the same number reached by the Paraguayans, who are behind when the tiebreaking criteria are taken into account. With a better balance of goals, the Peruvians have seventh place.
To get a spot in the World Cup Russia must complete the 18 rounds of the South American qualifiers in the top four. The fifth still has the chance to play the recap. With 12 points remaining to be played, Chile closes the zone of direct classification with five points more than Peruvians and Paraguayans. Argentina is four ahead.
That way, to still dream of the vacancy, the formula is the same for both teams. Win all remaining games reaching the 30-point mark. Still, rival stumbles will be needed.
To try to complete this almost impossible mission, Gareca called the preparatory friendly the following players:
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz, Mexico), José Carvallo (UTC) Carlos Cáceda (University).
Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Tigres, Mexico), Christian Ramos (Emelec, Ecuador), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodríguez (Sports University), Anderson Santamaría (Melgar), Miguel Trauco Brazil), Nilson Loyola (Melgar).
Socks: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Pedro Aquino (Sporting Cristal), Yoshimar Yotún (Malmö, Sweden), Sergio Peña (Granada, Spain), Paolo Hurtado (Vitória Guimarães, Portugal), Christian Cueva Flores (Aalborg, Denmark), Andy Polo (Monarcas Morelia, Mexico), José Manzaneda (Cantolao), Alexi Gómez (University).
Attackers: Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Alexander Succar (Universidad San Martín), André Carrillo (Benfica, Portugal).
The current form of Paraguay
For the Paraguayans, the departure of this Thursday ends its preparatory period. The first game was disheartening. The team was beaten 5-0 by France. Their attack, the worst of the South American qualifiers with 13 goals scored in 14 matches, again showed a deficiency.
Not even the defense, which has secured the best results of the Paraguayan team of recent times, has been given the message. It was leaked 21 times in the qualifiers. It is the fourth worst among the ten selections.
The result on French soil showed that coach Arce has great difficulties to solve the problems.
Goalkeepers: Antony Silva (Cerro Porteño), Bernardo Medina (Deportivo Capiatá) and Gatito Fernández (Botafogo).
Defenders: Juan Patiño (Jaguares), Junior Alonso (Lille), Miguel Samudio (América), Gustavo Gómez (Milan), Bruno Valdez (América) and Jorge Moreira (River Plate)
Socks: Rodrigo Rojas (Cerro Porteño), Marcos Riveros (Cerro Porteño), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta), Juan Aguilar (Guaraní-PAR), Víctor Ayala (Al Nassr), Richard Franco (Sol de América), Cristian Paredes MEX), Iván Ramírez (Libertad) and Oscar Romero (Alavés).
Attackers: Ángel Romero (Corinthians), Juan M. Iturbe (Torino), Edgar Benítez (Querétaro), Federico Santander (Copenhagen), Jorge Benítez (Cruz Azul) and Sergio Díaz (Real Madrid).
History of matches Peru vs Paraguay
Made for the first time in 1929, this South American duel has the Paraguayans the biggest winners. They got the best in 23 chances. The Peruvians won 14 matches and 13 draws were recorded. In the qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia, the selections have already faced each other in the two scheduled matches. Peru won in both. He scored 1-0 at home and thrashed 4-1 in Asuncion.
Peru vs Paraguay: Direct Matches
10.11.16 WC Paraguay Peru 1 : 4
14.11.15 WC Peru Paraguay 1 : 0
04.07.15 COP Peru Paraguay 2 : 0
19.11.14 FI Peru Paraguay 2 : 1
14.11.14 FI Paraguay Peru 2 : 1
Peru vs Paraguay: Betting Tips
Peru win – Odds: 1.75
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.95