Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Paraguay and Peru go head to head at Estadio Defensores del Chaco at the start of the World Cup qualifiers. Paraguay are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet on the international stage, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Friday’s football match. La Liga attacker Antonio Sanabria will be one of the men to watch in the home team. The Peruvians, on the other hand, were struggling in front of goal in 2019.
Considering that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of Peru’s last five games, we are unlikely to see goals galore in Asuncion. You should bear in mind that two goals in total have been netted in the previous two meetings between the two South American teams. The good news for the visitors is that Seattle Sounders attacker Raul Ruidiaz has been in a fine form of late.
Highlighted Player (Hernan Perez):
Hernan Perez is a 27-year-old Paraguayan winger who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol in Spanish La Liga. Perez was a late bloomer having built up his career for two different youth clubs before finding his feet with Tacuary.
He made his top division debut in 2007 with them and was subsequently signed by fellow league side Club Libertad. But a serious right knee injury limited his game time at Libertad where he rarely appeared for the capital club. Perez’s redemption came at Spanish club Villareal in 2009 where he quickly established himself in the main squad.
Last year, he joined Espanyol and started showing glimpses of his skills. Perez was one of the best players for Paraguayan under-20 team at the 2009 South American Championship helping them finish in second place. His full senior debut came in the next year when he was selected to the 2011 Copa America. So far, Perez has won 26 caps.
Highlighted Team (Peru):
Peru national team has been competing at the international stage since 1927 when they played their first ever match against Uruguay. Over the course of their history, La Blanquirroja have formed long-standing rivalries with Chile and Ecuador while 1970s brought the team a worldwide recognition during the period that is to this date considered the most successful in Peruvian football.
Teofilo Cubillas, the team’s top scorer with 26 goals to his name is considered Peru’s greatest player helped the team qualify for three World Cups and win the Copa America in 1975. Peru are the two-time champion of the tournament, who came close to lifting the Copa America trophy again in recent years, finishing third in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
La Blanquirroja are managed by Ricardo Gareca commonly referred to as the Tiger who will lead his team to 2016 Copa America Centenario looking to win Peru its first trophy at a major tournament since 1982.