New Zealand vs Peru Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
As per usual, New Zealand are the side that escaped the rather weak Oceania region to reach this World Cup playoff. They’ll now face a Peru side that hasn’t lost in eight games, including during a trip to Argentina.
Game: New Zealand vs Peru
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday, 11th November, 3.15AM
New Zealand are always going to be the side that progresses from the Oceania region, but a measure of their success will be reaching a World Cup. The All Whites made the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but crashed out in the group stage, marking their only appearance in the last 26 years.
In 2014 they were beaten 9-3 on aggregate by a Mexico side that, at the time, were rather poor. This year they will face off against a side from the CONMEBOL region, and should be thankful that it’s Peru and not Argentina as it so nearly was. That said, both games have an almost impossible feel about that.
Peru are unbeaten in eight games overall now and finished their qualifying campaign in good form. They held Argentina to a 0-0 draw away from home, before holding Colombia to confirm their place in this play-off match. It took a helping hand from other sides during a hectic final day, but wins against Uruguay, Ecuador and Bolivia in the three match days before meant Peru were worthy.
New Zealand are 17/4 to spring what would definitely be a surprise with Bet365, whilst the draw is available to bet on at 13/5 through Paddy Power. Visitors are favorites Peru are best odds 5/6 with Betfred.
This will be the trickier of the two ties for Peru and New Zealand’s only real opportunity to put a dent in this one. What waits them in Peru is a near impossible task on paper, a trip to a ground where even Argentina and Uruguay have failed to win a qualification group game since Peru’s poor 2004 campaign.
At home New Zealand will be much more organised and have more of a goal threat about them, but it’s hard to imagine them keeping Peru out in either leg. Peru’s organisation in drawing 0-0 with Argentina is a performance that would translate to a clean sheet here every time, but of course the visitors will be far more attacking here.
New Zealand have never won a game of note in modern football, with their only real achievement against a top ranking side being a surprise 1-1 draw with Italy over seven years ago. There’s a big gulf in class between these two regions, and any CONMEBOL team would be expected to show that, home or away.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Peru to win at 5/6 with Betfred
New Zealand will fancy their chances of scoring at home, and Peru’s approach may leave more gaps than sides usually get against them. The All Whites have a goal threat in CHris Wood, but the intensity and quality in Peru’s play should show over 90 minutes.
Back our Score Prediction: Peru to win 3-1 at 16/1 with Bet365
Edison Flores played a starring role in five of the last six games where Peru picked up points in the qualification group, but the Aalborg hit man rarely finds the net domestically. Jose Paolo Guerrero is a Peruvian legend, and this is realistically his last full World Cup campaign. Guerrero has also had good form in Serie A during 2017 and should find chances against a side of this quality.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Paolo Guerrero to score