Argentina vs. Peru: Match preview

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Argentina get ready to play a combative Peru side in Lima on Thursday night.

With injuries hitting the likes of Lionel MESSI, Augusto FERNANDEZ and Lucas BIGLIA, Edgardo BAUZA has had to make some modifications to his starting eleven.

Matias KRANEVITTER starts alongside Javier MASCHERANO, who will be wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Lionel MESSI. The other change in the line-up sees the returns of both Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Sergio AGUERO who both missed out on the matches in September.

All eyes will be on the attack and most notably on Paulo DYBALA as he will start in MESSI’s position on the right wing.

Here’s the line-up:

ROMERO; ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, FUNES MORI, ROJO; MASCHERANO, KRANEVITTER; DYBALA, AGUERO, DI MARIA; HIGUAIN

The Albiceleste enter the round in third place (tied on points with second place Brazil). Peru are in before last place themselves.

TeamPTSWinsDrawsLosses
Brazil371141
Uruguay27835
Colombia26754
Peru24736
Argentina24664
Chile23727
Paraguay21637
Ecuador20628
Bolivia134111
Venezuela81510

The team will look to get maximum points this time around after having defeated Uruguay 1-0 at home but a lackluster performance against last place Venezuela saw the team having to come back from being 2-0 down to draw 2-2 to get a point.

Peru head into this round having lost 2-0 to Bolivia in La Paz but got maximum points against Ecuador at home.

The match is at 10:15pm Tuesday night Eastern time, 7:15pm west coast (California), 3:15am Friday morning in London, England.

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4 Comments

  1. EnganChe

    In the meantime, Chile got destroyed by Ecuador and might not make it to the World Cup. It makes me angry that we lost the final to this Chile team. Pizzi is a very, very average coach and yet we did not win. Anyways, moving on…

    1. ClacKamas

      That Fat Tata and choker Higuain shud dieee…

  2. EnganChe

    I think Bauza is planning to play counter attacking football with this line-up. Two DMs and three forwards, no true playmaker, it’s all very vertical, no build-up possession play. He expects Peru to attack and us to counter with quick one-twos and run into space.

    1. guled

      Possible but if he thinking that way why not go with pizarro who releases the ball quicker than masche and kran.
      I have confidence in dybala delivering the goods.
      would like to see correa in second half.

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