Peru vs New Zealand Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

14th November 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Neither side could make the breakthrough in the first leg of this inter-confederation play off tie, but after holding their own on home soil, there is a tough task ahead for the All Whites now as they head to Peru. They really needed at least a goal to try and have something to defend, but getting the better of the South Americans is going to be a tough thing to pull off out on the road. Peru looks to hold all the aces now as they head back to home soil to try and lock in a place at the World Cup 2018.

Peru vs New Zealand Odds

Peru 1/5, Draw 5/1, New Zealand 14/1

Peru vs New Zealand Betting Tips

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, there is still everything to play for. This second leg is likely going to follow the same pattern as the first, with Peru making most of the running, and the Kiwis sitting back. The first leg was really a conservative affair, as is usual with first legs of important ties. Peru didn’t really show up as an attacking force in the game, despite being on top for most of the match nonetheless. It wasn’t a bad result really for them because they go back to home soil now looking for passage through to the World Cup. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 for the second leg is a price of even money.

Peru just couldn’t come up with any creative solutions in the first leg, not being able to find a way through a resilient and determined All Whites defence. Peru had plenty of goals in them in their World Cup qualification group stage match with only Brazil and Uruguay netting more than they did. However, their defence didn’t withstand a lot of pressure, particularly out on the road. It’s not likely to afflict them in this contest though. On home soil in qualification, Peru posted a W4 D3 L2 record, the defeats coming against Brazil and Chile.

Peru are actually unbeaten in 2017 in both competitive and friendly matches, so are going well with a W5 D4 record from their games this year. They are on a three match drawing streak and in the bet365 correct score market, there is a price of 5/1 on a Peru 1-0 option with another 0-0 draw at 10/1. There probably won’t be a lot of goals in this one even though Peru have scored in each of their last five home fixtures but they are missing their goalscoring captain Paolo Guerrero and look a bit lost without him. Jefferson Farfan, who was ineffective up front in the first leg is the 5/4 anytime goalscorer favourite.

The Kiwis held out then in the first leg on home soil against Los Incas but doing the same away from home may be tough. There is a vast gap between these two in the FIFA World Rankings, with Peru up in 10th and New Zealand down at 122nd. New Zealand were limited to doing nothing much more than a defensive job in the first leg but as the game wore on they did grow in confidence. You get the feeling though that they needed to come away with a goal in the first leg at home. It’s hard to see them creating a lot of chances to really threaten to win this fixture in 90 minutes. Both teams not to score at bet365 is only a price of 4/9.

The All Whites have played eleven games in the 2017 calendar year and they have won just three of them in a W3 D2 L6 record and have picked up just the one win in their last nine. They are lacking the quality obviously on the world stage and they have shipped at least two goals in five of their last seven fixtures. Burnley’s Chris Wood only played the last 20 minutes of the first leg because of an injury but the Burnley man is their big hope and he is an 11/2 anytime goalscorer option for the Kiwis. An away goal for them would blow this tie open, but do they have it in them though?

New Zealand probably won’t be on a plane to Russia next summer. Peru are a strong home side and even though they were a bit toothless in the first leg, they can battle their way through with home advantage. Peru to win to nil.

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