Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Peru made it to the 2018 World Cup play-offs, with the team leaving the likes of Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador behind them in their qualifying group. La Blanquirroja are on an eight-game unbeaten run ahead of the trip to Wellington, but beating the All Whites at Westpac Stadium is easier said than done. Experienced attacker Jose Paolo Guerrero is still part of the Peru national team and he is likely to lead the line for the visitors against New Zealand. By beating Solomon Islands in the two-legged tie the All Whites book their place in the play-offs and they are high on confidence ahead of the double-header against Peru. Premier League striker Chris Wood should recover in time to face the South American side and seeing that Anthony Hudson’s men are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the first leg.
Highlighted Player (Winston Reid):
Despite playing for Denmark youth teams in the past, Winston Reid decided to represent New Zealand at senior level. The prolific defender spent his youth career at Danish clubs Sonderborg and Midtjylland and he made his first appearance for the Midtjylland first team in the Royal League tournament against Valerenga. Winston Reid was making progress year by year and he was on West Ham’s radar during the 2009/2010 season. In the summer of 2010 (August) Reid signed a three-year deal with the Hammers and he made his Premier League debut in a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa on August 14, 2010. However, the New Zealand defender made no more than 12 appearances for West Ham United in his first season for the capital club. To make things even worse for him, at the end of the 2010/2011 Premier League campaign the Hammers dropped to the Championship. You should bear in mind that Winston Reid played three games for New Zealand at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and he scored a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Slovakia.
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.