Surprise package Peru takes on pre-tournament favourites Colombia in the second quarter finals of the Copa America Centenario 2016 at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Friday evening.
Ricardo Gareca managed Peru defeats the odds to emerge as group winners eliminating Brazil in the final group game. They were not expected by many experts to go beyond the group stages, but after a nervy start in the 1-0 win against Haiti in the opening game, they hold Ecuador to a 2-2 draw and defeated Brazil 1-0 to qualify as one of the unbeaten teams in this year’s tournament.
Colombia are one of the favourites to lift the trophy this term. They earned back-to-back wins in the first two games, but were defeated by a wounded Costa Rica in the final group game. This also cost them the top spot in the group standings and book the date with unlike quarter final candidates Peru. The Los Cafeteros were on a five match winning streak prior to the defeat against Costa Rica and they will be keen to bounce back stronger to live up to their reputation.
Peru vs Colombia: Predicted Line-ups
Peru (4-2-3-1): Gallese – Trauco, Rodriguez, Ramos, Corzo – Vilchez, Balbin – Flores, Cueva, Polo – Guerrero.
Colombia (4-2-3-1): Ospina – Diaz, Murillo, Zapata, Arias – Torres, Perez – James, Cardona, Cuadrado – Bacca.
Peru vs Colombia: Head-to-Head Stats
Colombia hold on to a formidable record against Peru in the last 18 matches played between the two sides, with 9 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses. And the goals aggregate is 27-10 in favour of the Colombians.
Colombia are unbeaten in full regulation time of football in the last 13 matches against Peru, 6 wins and 7 draws.
They had met at Copa America tournaments on since 5 occasions since 1995, Colombia won 2 and 3 were draws.
Peru vs Colombia: Prediction
Peru reached the quarter finals of the Copa America for the last 7 consecutive editions and finished third in the last two editions. They have a history of upsetting the odds despite their low stature and this is what one should expect from them in the quarter finals against Colombia.
Colombia had a disappointing Copa America 2015, where they scored just 1 goal from 4 matches. But they start this year’s tournament in good form, but their defeat against Costa Rica shows they can be equally vulnerable. Moreover they have the pressure to deliver in this crucial quarter final tie. While Peru is a team with ‘nothing to lose’ attitude and they pose a huge threat for Colombia on Friday’s encounter.
Colombia will go in as favourites, while Peru are huge underdogs. At the same time, this is not an easy match to predict in terms of final result. The last 9 meetings between the sides have seen under 2.5 goals, so I will be backing the same for this tie and this will be my priority bet.
What Colombia is good at is scoring goals, they have scored at least 2 goals in each of their last 6 matches. At the same time, their defense is not that solid and conceded goals in 6 out of the 7 matches, so a counter attacking Peru will certainly put one in their net on Friday. So both teams is score is my preferred, but risky bet for this Copa America Centenario 2016 quarter final tie between Colombia and Peru.
Exact Score Prediction: Peru 1-1 Colombia.
1)Under 2.5 goals
2)Both Teams to Score.