class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The hosts have been in strong defensive form and should be able to keep out a poor Peruvian attack when they meet in Buenos Aires
Argentina welcome Peru to the Estadio Monumental, with Lionel Scaloni’s side aiming to continue their impressive run of form in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
The Albiceleste beat neighbours Uruguay 3-0 at the weekend to extend their unbeaten run in the tournament to 14 matches and face a Peru team they beat 2-0 when they met in Lima in the corresponding fixture last year.
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Argentina vs Peru latest odds
The two-time world champions last tasted defeat in any competition over two years ago and bet365 make Argentina clear favourites at 3/10 (1.30) to record a win.
Peru for their part have won just three of their 11 qualifiers and were beaten 1-0 by struggling Bolivia at the weekend.
The visitors can be backed at 10/1 (11.00) to claim their first victory over Argentina since 1997, with the draw offered at 15/4 (4.75).
Argentina vs Peru first goalscorer
Lionel Messi has been in superb scoring form for his country with four strikes in his last three games and unsurprisingly is the shortest-priced player in the first goalscorer market.
The PSG forward can be backed at 7/4 (2.75) ahead of his team-mates Lautaro Martinez who is available at 4/1 (5.00) and Lucas Alario who is offered at 9/2 (5.50).
Peru’s joint-top scorers in the tournament are Christian Cueva and Andre Carillo who have both scored three times and are offered at 25/1 (26.00) and 22/1 (23.00) respectively.
Argentina vs Peru preview
Peru have had clear problems in front of goal in the competition, scoring just 10 times in 11 matches.
Indeed, Ricardo Gareca’s men have failed to score in five games, most recently against a Bolivia team that have by some distance the worst defence in the tournament.
Argentina, meanwhile, have looked solid at the back, conceding just six times and keeping three consecutive clean sheets.
At home, they have let in two goals in 450 minutes in World Cup qualifying and should be able to keep a misfiring Peruvian attack at bay once more.
Argentina vs Peru tips & predictions
The hosts can be backed at 20/21 (1.98) to win to nil, a selection which has paid out in three of the last five home World Cup qualifiers.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.