Peru vs Ecuador
South America – 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Date: Wednesday; 7 September 2016
Kick-off: 3:15 UK
Venue: National Stadium, Lima.
Peru suffered a 2-0 loss away at Bolivia and dropped down one position to 9th in the World Cup qualification standing. This was their fifth defeat of the campaign and they managed just 4 points from 7 games with a win and a draw to their name. The pressure is mounting on head-coach Ricardo Gareca as well and they will be desperately looking for a win against Ecuador on Wednesday evening.
Ecuador on the other are losing ground after their 3-0 home defeat to Brazil in the last round fixture. They were top of the group after registering wins in their first four matches of the qualifying campaign. They have now failed to win in three straight matches are fourth in the standings. Just like their Wednesday’s host, Ecuador will be also looking for full points from this World Cup Qualifying fixture.
Peru vs Ecuador: Head-to-Head
The teams played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in their last meeting at the Copa America Centenario group stage match on June 2016. Against the odds, Peru took a 2-0 lead inside 13 minutes, but Ecuador fought back brilliantly to drew level and share the spoils. The fixture was one of the most entertaining match at the summer tournament.
Peru have won in the corresponding home fixture by a 1-0 margin when they met Ecuador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. However, that remains their only win at home in 6 matches against Ecuador.
Peru vs Ecuador: Prediction
Both teams are coming in with a need for a win and the amount of pressure is equal. Also a poor run of results and respective league positions will be an adverse effect on team confidence and morale. From past results and head-to-head stats, this match could end in anyone’s favour. So I will be looking at the goal markets for betting tips for this World Cup qualifying fixture between Peru and Ecuador.
Peru vs Ecuador: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 5/4 (2.25)
Both teams to score at 19/20 (1.95).