Peru World Cup 2018 Predictions – Group Stage & Winner Odds12th May 2018 / lee
They are not one of the bigger names heading to the World Cup 2018 but the South Americans can get to try and enjoy themselves at least with carrying the label of underdogs through their group stage campaign. It was a tense and stressful effort for them to just to get to Russia, can they avoid going home though empty handed?
How Peru qualified
CONMEBOL is a notoriously difficult qualification zone to get out of. There was such a thrilling tight battle for the qualification places behind group winners Brazil this time around. Uruguay were comfortable enough in second place but there was a dramatic fight for the other two remaining automatic qualification places, plus the one inter-confederation play off spot between five other nations, Peru being one of them.
Peru ended up in fifth place after a tense finish. In their penultimate game, they did a superb job in taking a 1-1 away draw at Argentina. They were up against Colombia in their final group stage match with qualification on the line. A win over Colombia would have put them into the automatic promotion spots while anything less and Peru had to sweat on other results going their way.
Peru battled their way to a 1-1 draw in that final game against Colombia, which meant that they stayed behind them in the table. With Argentina winning their final game and taking third in the table, Peru were trying to hang on to fifth place. That hinged on two things, Paraguay not beating Venezuela and Chile not getting a point against Brazil. So fate was out of Peru’s hands with their failure to beat Colombia.
Fortunately, though, Paraguay suffered a shock defeat against bottom side Venezuela and Chile saw their World cup hopes fade away as they were crushed by Brazil. So Peru hung on to fifth and that pitted them against New Zealand In an inter-confederation play off which they won 2-0 on aggregate. Along the way in the group stage, Peru were awarded a 3-0 win as Bolivia fielded an ineligible player against them. Peru had originally lost that game 2-0. How different things could have been. But to their credit, only Brazil and Uruguay scored more qualification goals than they did.
World Cup 2018 Group Stage
There is never going to be an easy game at the World Cup for the minnows who turn up and Peru have two tough games and one manageable one. Peru will be taking part in Group C and they get a tough opener against Denmark. Granted Denmark aren’t world beaters by any strength of the imagination, but they certainly looked strong enough and stable enough through qualification for the tournament to hurt Peru.
So the South Americans could be on the back foot right from the very off. They will then have what will be their toughest game of all as they take on the powerful French side in their second group match which is on June 21st. So Peru probably are not going to get anything out of that game which leaves them with their most manageable game being their last one, but they are probably going to be well out of any qualification picture by then.
It is Australia who Peru take on in the final round of matches and the South Americans are 6/5 favourites to win that duel* (betting odds taken at 8.30 p.m. on April 25th, 2018). The positives from their qualification campaign is that they did produce well in front of goal, the negatives were that they were pretty poor at the back.
2018 World Cup Winner Odds*
Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018)
Peru World Cup History
This will be Peru’s fifth appearance in the World Cup finals. They did participate in the inaugural 1930 edition but lost both of their games in the group stage and went home. Forty years later they made their second appearance and they did much better, getting out of the group stage with wins over Bulgaria and Morocco before losing to Brazil in the quarter finals.
Eight years later they made it past the first round after beating Scotland and Iran and drawing with the Netherlands. They lost all three games in the second group stage though, shipping ten goals and not scoring. Their last World Cup appearance was in 1982 and they managed to earn two points with drawn games against Cameroon and Italy, but they didn’t qualify after losing against Poland in their final match.
Peru’s record in World Cup matches is W4 D3 L8 from four previous appearances.
Peru World Cup Predictions
The thing about Peru is that their home advantage at high altitude is so great thatit can often lead to them looking better perhaps than they really are. They aren’t great travellers at all and they struggle when they can’t get that edge on home soil. For that reason 4/9 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken at 8.30 p.m. on April 25th, 2018) on them going home in the group stage is more than reasonable. It will likely end up being a wooden-spoon scrap between them and the Socceroos.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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