Last Updated: 2017-11-09
Match-up : New Zealand vs Peru
Date : 10/11/2017
Time : 23:45 EDT (04:45 GMT)
Spread : New Zealand +0.75
Total : 2.25 Goals
Peru will be looking to qualify for the final stage of the World Cup for the first time in 36 years when they will clash against New Zealand in an inter-continental play-off. New Zealand have been excellent in the World Cup Qualifiers up to now, and they will require a strong performance when they will play host to Peru on Friday. Peru should be thanking Brazil defeating Chile in the final match-day of the previous round, as it allowed Peru to by-pass them in the standings.
New Zealand Preview :
New Zealand failed to make an impact in the Confederations Cup in Russia back in June, where they lost all matches in the group against Portugal, Mexico and Russia.
However, the All Whites have been in really good form in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, as they have easily cruised past all the previous qualifying rounds.
In the last group stage they easily finished at the top of Group A in the Australia & Oceania World Cup Qualifiers (3-1-0), keeping clean sheets in all their matches.
New Zealand were called to play against the Solomon Islands in the continental play-offs, whom they destroyed by a massive 6-1 at home in the first leg. They also took a two goal lead in the second leg on the road, but they were equalized to 2-2 through two penalty kicks.
New Zealand have been quite strong at home in recent years (9-2-2), having lost only to Mexico in the past 5 years.
Peru Preview :
Peru were sensational in the 2nd round of the 2018 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, as they remained undefeated in their last 6 matches (3-3-0), and eventually finished at the 5th spot (7-5-6).
They did actually require a bit of good luck in order to do so, as Chile lost to the indifferent Brazil in the final Match-day, enabling Peru to tie them on points and move on due to better goal difference.
To be honest, despite the lucky result in the other match, Peru were actually pretty good in their own match against Colombia. They managed to pull even at the 76th minute for the final 1-1 that saw them through.
Peru had a decent 3-2-4 record on the road during the Qualifiers, having lost just one of their last 9 road matches in all competitions, a 2-1 against Chile. They have scored in 9 of their last 10 road matches, failing to score only in the goal-less draw against Argentina.
Peru have also kept 4 clean sheets in that span, but they have kept just 2 of them in their last 11 matches regardless of venue.
New Zealand vs Peru Prediction :
New Zealand need to make home advantage count here, and try to win with a clean sheet. However, Peru have been consistent scorers on the road lately, and they will be looking to return to the World Cup for the first time since 1982 – the same year that New Zealand qualified for the first time.
New Zealand vs Peru Betting Tips :
Looking at how Peru have scored against some really tough defenses like Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, they should be able to score against a much lesser New Zealand side. New Zealand will surely want to score a goal here, and they have a couple of players up front who are playing in the Premier League. Both Teams to Score goes @ 2.05, and I really like the odds here.