Our football match prediction:
After playing out a goalless draw with New Zealand at Westpac Stadium, Peru will be looking to get their job down in the two-legged tie with the All Whites when the two teams face each other at Estadio Nacional de Lima. Both sides had their chances to score the winner in Wednesday’s football match and we do not believe that they are going to play out yet another goalless draw in the return leg. The good news for the visitors is that key attacker Chris Wood has overcome his injury and the Burnley attacker is likely to be recalled to the starting XI. Nonetheless, seeing that Ricardo Gareca’s men recorded four wins in previous five home games, we predict that the South American side will book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Jefferson Farfan produced a fine display in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Vargas):
Juan Manuel Vargas is an experienced 32-year-old left back who can also play as a winger. He currently plays for the Spanish club Real Betis. Vargas is well-known for his dribbles, free-kicks and accurate crosses. He started his career with Universitario where he quickly became a first-team regular by 2004. His first stint in Italy was with Serie A club Catania in 2006. Vargas was one of their best players and was always a first team regular at Catania. His impressive performances helped them retain their Serie A survival for two seasons. With many clubs vying for his signature, Vargas joined Fiorentina in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of €12 million – reportedly rebuffing Real Madrid. Though he struggled initially, Vargas settled in an advanced attacking role after becoming a crucial part of the Viola squad. His international career began in 2004 and has represented his country in 62 matches so far.
Highlighted Team (New Zealand):
New Zealand national football team qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time in 1982, with the team failing to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament. 28 years later the All Whites did well to make it to the World Cup in South Africa and Ricki Herbert’s men were playing above expectations at the showpiece tournament. New Zealand did remarkably well to share the spoils with the likes of Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay in Group F, but they eventually failed to book their place in the last 16. The All Whites clinched OFC Nations Cup title on two occasions (1973, 2002), with the team beating Tahiti and Australia respectively in the title games. Speaking of the team’s biggest win, it has to be noted that they outclassed Fiji 13- 0 on August 16, 1981. Back in 1936 New Zealand suffered a heavy 10-1 loss to Australia in front of home fans and that is considered the biggest defeat in the history of the national team. New Zealand play their home games at Westpac Stadium and the capacity of the venue is 34.500.