New Zealand vs Peru Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

9th November 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

The All Whites were the expected winners of the OFC zone in World Cup qualifying but they have a tough hurdle in front of them to get to the World Cup next summer in Russia. They will be facing up to Peru in the inter-confederation play offs and New Zealanders are heavy underdogs for the tie. Peru earned a dramatic point in their final qualification match to book the play off spot from South American, leaving Chile heartbroken.

New Zealand vs Peru Odds

Peru 4/5, Draw 12/5, New Zealand 4/1

New Zealand vs Peru Betting Tips

New Zealand are looking to recreate their World Cup 2010 qualification heroics. They were always going to reach this stage of qualification as they were red-hot favourites to win the OFC zone which they duly completed by taking a comprehensive aggregate victory over Solomon Islands in the final of. There have been signs that they are at least upping their competitiveness on the world stage, but they are still falling short of quality. Their form reads W1 D1 L6 in their last eight games, the only success being a win over the Solomon Islands in the first leg of the final in Auckland. Three of those defeats were against Russia, Mexico and Portugal at the Confederations Cup in the summer where they conceded at least two goals in each of those games. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 4/6 as these first leg ties in the play offs are generally tense and tight.

But as the All Whites have conceded at least two goals in each of their last six games in the bet365 correct score market a Peru 2-0 option is at 13/2. Peru should have enough to build on for the second leg on Wednesday back in Lima. They only took the play off spot in South America qualification in the final round of matches, earning a late draw at home against Colombia, while Chile were getting torn apart by Brazil. Peru took fifth from Chile. They weren’t a goal-shy side were Peru who finished as the third top scorers in South America qualification but defensively they were the worst of the top five finishers in the table. Considering that they play in the toughest qualification zone of all, Peru haven’t lost a game in 2017 with a W5 D3 record and deserve credit for that. They have only lost three games in the last two years, against Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

So they are tough, organised and Peru to win to nil at bet365 in this first leg is a price of 7/4. The Kiwis really have this one chance one home soil to get themselves in the tie, but they have fallen short against better quality opposition already this calendar year and are unlikely to get the better of a decent Peru side.

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