Australia head into their final Group C game knowing that only a win will keep their hopes of progressing to the last 16 alive. The Aussies have impressed with the general play in their first two games but have just one point to show for it. However, they will hope to do their bit against a Peru side who have nothing to play for in terms of advancing to the next round.
Yet, backed by 40,000 fans in Russia, the South Americans will be desperate to send them home on a high and in all honesty a victory is what the players deserve. They dominated their opener against Denmark but missed a penalty and somehow lost 1-0 before playing very well in another narrow defeat to France. This is their final game but they will be eager to leave with some points on the board.
Here we will give you Australia vs Peru betting tips, look at where the game will be won, the key players and a Iran vs Portugal prediction for the Group C encounter.
Our Australia vs Peru Prediction: Australia 1-2 Peru
Our Australia vs Peru prediction tips is for the South American nation to edge what could be an open, attacking encounter with Australia needing to force the issue.
The main problem for Australia has been in the final third, with their two goals in Russia coming courtesy of Mile Jedinak penalties. They are reasonably strong defensively and Bert van Marwijk has got the side playing some good, possession-based football but they are toothless in the final third. Yet, if they can continue to get players into the box and use the pace of Matthew Leckie out wide and the skill of Tom Rogic they will hope something falls for them.
Similarly, Peru have been wasteful in the final third and are yet to get off the mark in the tournament which would surprise anyone who has seen them play. They play with real pace, have quality out wide and are very energetic and adventurous in their style. That hasn’t translated to goals but with Australia forced to open up their could be chances at both ends and they will hope to secure a in.
Our recommended tip – BTTS
Given Australia’s need to win, combined with the fact Peru have nothing to play for, they are sure to want to start fast and go for goals.
However, Peru will not back down and that could lead to a very good game for the neutral which is why we think both teams will score. The obvious issue with this bet is that both sides have not been clinical in front of goal but they have both still created a lot of chances. And, with more set to come in Moscow we think they will both be on the scoresheet in Moscow.
The clash in Sochi is perhaps unsurprisingly the first time the two nations have met.
As mentioned, Australian fans will be pleased with how their side have performed, as they went into the tournament with very little confidence in the side. The goalscoring issue was a major worry for fans and they’ve been proven right but the way they play has been more progressive and exciting than they have been before. The fact they can still qualify is a positive for the side.
Peru have had a disappointing World Cup if you by the fact they are already out but it doesn’t tell the entire story. Fans are delighted to see their country back on the biggest stage and are pleased with how they’ve played in both games. They will enjoy the final game and even though it’s ended earlier than they wanted it has been enjoyable.
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Players to watch – Aaron Mooy & Paolo Guerrero
The Huddersfield town man will be key from turning defence into attack today in a must win game for Australia with his fine passing ability. Mooy will be able to provide service to players such as Tom Juric and Tom Rogic and will look to get them the ball quickly and early in advanced positions.
Peru’s main man nearly missed the tournament due to off-the field issues and hasn’t yet made his mark. He is their captain and talisman and main goalscoring threat. With the service he gets from out wide and the attacking way the side set up, Guerrero will want to sign off from what is likely to be his last tournament with a goal.