Australia v Peru Betting Tips
Australia face Peru in Sochi on Tuesday in their final Group C game, knowing that nothing less than victory will keep their hopes of a place in the last 16 alive.
Even should they beat Peru, the Socceroos will be reliant on France beating Denmark in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in the other group game if they are to qualify for the knockout stage, with the Danes being three points better off than Bert van Marwijk’s charges going into the final group fixtures.
The good news for Australia is that Peru have already been eliminated, so travel to Sochi with nothing but pride at stake.
It was another determined performance from Australia in drawing 1-1 with Denmark in Samara, where they fell behind to an early Christian Eriksen goal before drawing level through a penalty from captain Mile Jedinak. The Aston Villa midfielder also scored the Australian goal from the spot in the opening 2-1 defeat to France.
Van Marwijk felt that his team had done enough to win the game against the Danes, but at least they go into their third and final group game with their hopes still alive. One significant blow is the suspected dislocated shoulder suffered by forward Andrew Nabbout.
For their part, Peru’s hopes of a sustained run in the tournament were ended with a 1-0 defeat to France in Yekaterinburg, where Kylian Mbappe’s first-half strike was sufficient to see off a spirited Peruvian resistance.
The Peruvians were the better team after the interval and were desperately unfortunate to see midfielder Pedro Aquino’s stunning strike cannon off the bar. As with the Socceroos, Peru probably deserve more than they’ve taken from their opening two games against teams with bigger reputations. Their supporters in Russia, believed to number in the region of 43,000, will also be missed.
Events developing simultaneously in Moscow could certainly have a bearing on the game in Sochi, but all Australia can do is go out and try and win the game and hope that the result in Moscow goes their way. They clearly have a bigger incentive than Peru and look good value at 12/5 (3.40) with William Hill to win the game as a result.