Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Paraguay, Argentina will be looking to return to winning ways in the World Cup qualifiers when they take on Peru at Estadio Nacional in Lima on Wednesday morning. La Albiceleste aim to get their job done in the qualifiers as soon as possible, but keep in mind that Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Exequiel Palacios has joined Kun Aguero in the recovery room.
As things stand now, both Lo Celso and Di Maria should be recalled to the starting XI. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Barcelona superstar Leo Messi. Peru, on the other hand, will be without Farfan and Guerrero in Wednesday’s qualifier, and given their anything but good display in the 2-0 loss to Chile, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the South American giants.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Zambrano):
Carlos Zambrano is a 26-year-old Peruvian footballer who represents Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The talented centre back is often credited to be one of the most promising defenders coming from his nation. Zambrano is well known for his strong tackling and excellent defensive organization capabilities.
Starting his youth career with Cantolao, he was quickly snapped up by Bundesliga team Schalke 04. He was a regular starter for their youth team and was soon made the captain. He was a cornerstone of their defence and was soon promoted to the first team of Schalke. In 2012, he signed on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt and has already represented them in more than 80 matches.
Zambrano made his senior debut with Peru in 2008. He was chosen to represent the team in 2011 Copa America only to see an injury clamp his participation. Zambrano has represented Peru in 43 games so far scoring four goals.
Highlighted Team (Argentina):
Members of the CONMEBOL confederation Argentina national team are headed by coach Gerardo Martino and are considered one of the most nations in footballing world. Renowned for their attacking powers and defensive discipline Argentina have been playing their international matches since 1901 and their first ever competitive victory over Uruguay 3-2.
Commonly referred to as La Seleccion, Argentina are top of the FIFA World ranking, but their most recent records have been below par with the team last winning a major trophy in 1993. Two-time World Cup winners have lost the 2014 final to Germany coming agonizingly close to the crown they last won in 1986. Javier Zanetti is the most capped player with 143 matches to his name while Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi with 124 and 108 respectively are the current team members with most games to their name.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is six goals short behind Gabriel Batistuta who is the team’s top scorer with 56 goals he scored playing for La Seleccion from 1991 to 2002.