New Zealand vs Peru – 2018 World Cup Qualification: The national team of New Zealand hosts Peru on the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup…
Almost everything is already set for the 2018 World Cup, with practically every attending team decided. But there are still some teams left to ensure their qualification on the international play-offs.
Here we have the duel between the Oceania’s representative against the 5th place of the CONMEBOL. After FIFA established this intersection, it will be substantially harder for an Oceanic side to qualify for the World Cup.
That’s because the level of the South American national teams is generally very superior to the Oceanic teams which will preclude their participation in the World Cup.
On this qualification for the World Cup, the New Zealanders were dominant. Since the first round, the team led the group without a single loss or a single goal conceded.
On the final stage, another beatdown of the Solomon Islands.
During the qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup, Peru was seen as having zero chance to attend the World Cup. The team was having an average campaign and seemed to be unable to get closer to the qualification spots.
But with an impressive reaction, the Peruvian national team got really close to ensuring their direct access to the World Cup, which is something that hasn’t happened in ages.
The last time that the team participated on a World Cup was in 1982.
That shows how historical this qualification for 2018 can be. But the team suffered an heavy upset last week.
Their main player – Paolo Guerrero – was caught on the anti-doping test and is suspended.
More than a player, Guerrero is the great idol of the current Peruvian coach and that has shaken the Peruvians’ confidence.
New Zealand vs Peru – Betting Tip and Prediction:
About the game. I expect a very close match and a low-scoring affair. We know that New Zealand will try to get the advantage, but they will be too worried about keeping their qualification hopes alive.
Traditionally, the Oceanic team is very strong physically and defensively. Peru is more skilled technically.
But without their main attacker and playing away from home, they should be more moderate. This is not a match for a lot of goals.
|Under 2.5 goals||