Australia vs. Peru
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 26, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Peru +118 / Draw +223 / Australia +255 -- Over/Under: 2.5
We have some Group C action on the final group stage matchday of the World Cup, as Australia takes on Peru from the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
Australia comes into this match looking for their first win of the 2018 World Cup after a 1-1 draw with Denmark in their last outing, leaving the Socceroos sitting at one point from a possible six through their first two games. Australia found themselves down 1-0 just 7 minutes into the match thanks to Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, but were able to equalize thanks to a 38th minute penalty from Mile Jedinak to tie the game at a goal apiece, which would eventually stay that way for the remainder of the match. Possession was nearly even as Australia held the ball for 51% of the match, outshooting Denmark 14-10, with each side logging 5 shots on target.
Peru on the other hand will be playing for pride after being eliminated from knockout stage contention following a pair of back-to-back 1-0 losses, including one to France in their last outing. Kylian Mbappe put France ahead 1-0 in the 34th minute and that was all that was required as Peru were unable to find the back of the net for a 3rd consecutive match. Peru actually out possessed Les Bleus 56%-44%, but were outshot 12-10 and 4-2 in terms of shots on target in the losing effort.
These two sides have never met in international competition.
Peru are a dangerous side in this match as they’re already out of the tournament, allowing Peru to play more loose in this matchup. Australia need some serious help to make it to the group stage but one of my favorite plays in a tournament like this is an underdog who need a win and that’s exactly what we have here. We are getting a great price for Australia to win which is what needs to happen if the Socceroos want any shot at qualification for the knockout stages. Peru has not only failed to win a game so far, but the Peruvians have also yet to score a goal, so I’ll take a stab at Australia to win here to make things interesting on the final matchday of group C.