Last Updated on Oct 08, 2021 06:25 AM
Venue: Estadio Nacional, Lima
Peru and Chile face off here, with both sides desperate for a win to stay in touch with the automatic qualification places. Peru are 7th in the table with 8 points and saw their 3-game unbeaten run in the Qualifiers snapped in a 2-0 loss to Brazil last time around. Opponents Chile, meanwhile, haven’t won in their last 6 matches in the Qualifiers and a place and point behind the hosts. In fact, their only win in these Qualifiers came against their opponents here, but Peru are a much-improved side heading into this one.
Gianluca Lapadula is yet to register a goal involvement in the Qualifiers but he remains the best forward option from the hosts. He has averaged 2.2 shots and 1 key pass per game in the competition and has also scored 4 goals in his last 3 games in Serie B.Christian Cueva scored Peru’s last goal in the Qualifiers against Venezuela. That made it 2 goals for the midfielder who has also averaged 1.1 tackles and 1 key pass per game.Miguel Trauco presents a safe option from the Peruvian defense, with the Saint Etienne man averaging 2.4 tackles, 0.6 shots, 0.8 key passes, and a team-leading 2 interceptions per game.
Alexis Sanchez is the second leading scorer for Chile in these Qualifiers with 3 goals. He and Ben Brereton who has a goal and an assist are good forward picks for this one. Arturo Vidal and Erick Pulgar are good midfield options. Vidal is their leading scorer in the Qualifiers with 4 goals while Pulgar has a goal and an assist to his name. Mauricio Isla heads up the Chilean defense with the veteran averaging 1.1 key passes, 1.5 tackles, and 2 interceptions per game in his 8 appearances, ensuring he generates solid returns.
Arturo Vidal: Vidal is a good pick here for captaincy with the veteran averaging 2.3 shots, 1.3 tackles, and 1.4 interceptions per game to go with his team-leading 4 goals in the Qualifiers. Two of those goals came against Chile and he also has a goal and an assist in 4 Serie A appearances this season.
Alexis Sanchez: Alexis is another solid option here for captaincy, having scored 3 goals in the Qualifiers as mentioned earlier. He has also averaged 1.8 shots, 1.3 key passes, and 1.5 tackles per game.