Australia v Peru Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions
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Our tipster thinks that it will be a tight tussle in Sochi when the Socceroos, still dreaming of a last 16 place, go head-to-head with Los Incas

Australia must beat Peru in their final group game if they are to stand any chance of reaching the World Cup knockout stages for the first time since 2006.

The Socceroos came from behind to pick up a precious point against Denmark on Thursday and Bert van Marwijk's men must beat Ricardo Gareca's side and hope that France beat Denmark in Moscow.

Peru have won their fair share of plaudits at this tournament, with the South Americans showing ambition aplenty in front of a huge, passionate travelling support.

Gareca's men, though, have no points and no goals to show for their efforts thus far following back-to-back 1-0 defeats against Denmark and France, respectively.

Latest odds

Peru are chalked up as a 29/20 (2.45) chance with bet365 to claim their first World Cup finals win in 40 years, while the same firm go 5/2 (3.50) that this match ends in stalemate.

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A point will not suffice for the Socceroos and bet365 go 2/1 (3.0) that Australia fulfil their end of the equation by securing all three points in Sochi.

Team news

Andrew Nabbout dislocated his shoulder against the Danes and will likely sit out of the remainder of the Socceroos' campaign - despite the 25-year-old insisting that he will be fit to start against Los Incas.

Instead, Tomi Juric looks most likely to lead the line, but Daniel Arzani - the youngest man in the competition - is pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

Peru's all-time leading marksman, Paolo Guerrero, should start in what will surely be his final World Cup appearance for Los Incas.

A tight tussle?

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Gareca's charges have drawn a blank in each of their last three outings and have failed to score in six of their last eight World Cup matches.

bet365 go 12/5 (3.40) that Peru are again unable to get on the scoresheet.

Prediction

Australia will certainly go for glory, but each of the Socceroos' last four competitive goals has come from the penalty spot and Van Marwijk's men may struggle to make their mark again on this occasion.

Neither side is particularly prolific and, so, bet365's 10/11 (1.91) quote, for either nation to fail to find the net could represent decent value ahead of Tuesday's tussle.

Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Both Teams to Score: No at 10/11 (1.91) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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0 Total wins 1
0 Home wins 0
0 Away wins 1
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0 Goals Scored 2
Games Over 2.5 Goals 0 / 1
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Match Facts

  1. This will be the first ever encounter between Australia and Peru.
  2. Australia have picked up just one point and scored just one goal against South American teams in World Cup group stages (three games in total).
  3. Peru will be facing a side from Oceania for the first time in a World Cup finals, however they faced New Zealand in a qualification play-off to get to this stage – winning 2-0 over two legs.
  4. Australia have kept just one clean sheet in their 15 previous World Cup games (0-0 vs Chile in 1974), conceding at least once in each of their last 12 matches.
  5. Australia’s last three World Cup goals have all come from the penalty spot. No side has ever scored four consecutive goals from spot-kicks in the competition’s history (excluding shootouts).
  6. Peru are winless in their last eight World Cup matches (D2 L6), failing to score in six of those games.
  7. Australia have lost four of their last five World Cup matches, with their draw against Denmark last time out ending a run of four straight defeats.
  8. Peru have had 27 shots so far at this World Cup, but are yet to score a single goal.
  9. Mile Jedinak has scored both of Australia’s goals so far in the 2018 World Cup. No Australian has ever scored more in a single edition before (Tim Cahill two in 2006 and 2014, Brett Holman two in 2010).
  10. Mile Jedinak has scored with both of his shots at this World Cup so far, with both efforts coming from the penalty spot.
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