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Argentina vs Peru: Match Prediction And Preview

When Argentina hosts Peru in Buenos Aires on Thursday, they will look to keep their unblemished start to CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 Qualifying intact.

In their most recent match, Lionel Scaloni's side cruised to a 3-0 victory against Uruguay, while their opponents were defeated by Bolivia.

Although a goalless draw in Paraguay was not the best way for Argentina to begin their October campaign, the Copa America champions' brilliance shone through in a 3-0 victory over Uruguay on Sunday.

Before the break, Lionel Messi and Rodrigo De Paul had placed Argentina two goals up, and Lautaro Martinez would complete the onslaught with a goal of his own just after the hour mark, but the day belonged to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi's unusual 38th-minute opener gave him his 80th international goal, making him the first South American to do so as the 34-year-old's record-breaking career continues.

The win over Uruguay was their third consecutive clean sheet in World Cup Qualifying, and they are now unbeaten in 24 games across all competitions as they look to avoid their first home loss since October 2016 in midweek.

Argentina are in second place in CONMEBOL Qualifying, six points behind leaders Brazil, whose winning streak came to an end last time out, and Scaloni's side are looking forward to a pleasant journey to Qatar 2022.

Peru, on the other hand, was unable to maintain their momentum with a 2-0 win over Chile just days before travelling to Bolivia, who won 1-0 despite being reduced to ten men on home turf.

Henry Vaca was sent off for Bolivia 14 minutes after being introduced as a replacement, but his namesake Ramiro Vaca came off the bench to score the game's solitary goal in the 82nd minute, a surprising statistic considering the game's 32 shots.

However, 21 of those efforts were on Bolivia's side, with Peru's lack of defensive discipline leading to their sixth defeat in 11 World Cup Qualifying matches, leaving them seventh in the standings, five points outside the automatic qualification spots.

Peru's chances of achieving back-to-back appearances at a World Cup Finals are minimal, with only two wins in their past seven in all tournaments, and they travel to Argentina on the heels of four straight defeats away from home.

Three of the past five meetings between Argentina and Peru have resulted in a draw, but the Copa America champions cruised to a 2-0 victory in November 2020, while the visitors haven't beaten their opponents since 1997.

SUMMARY:

For this game, Scaloni may be tempted to move the pack, but Argentina should still have too much quality for their opponents this week.

The Argentines are virtually usually unbeatable at home, while Peru is coming off a demoralizing loss, setting the stage for Messi and co. to extend their unbeaten streak to 25 games. Argentina should easily win this match, in my opinion.

Kickoff Time: This match will go down on Friday at 12:30 AM Nigerian time.

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