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Argentina welcome Peru in crucial World Cup qualifier

Argentina national football team

Argentina host Peru in a World Cup qualifying match that is crucial for both sides at Alberto Jose Armando Stadium.

The Albiceleste and the Blanquirroja are tied with 24 points apiece, with the latter ahead on goal difference. Peru are currently fourth in the standings, and Argentina are in fifth
Only the top four teams in the tourney get a ticket to Russia next year, and so far only Brazil have sealed qualification. Uruguay are in second but are only three points ahead of Peru and Argentina, while third-running Colombia have 26. Chile, in sixth, have 23.

Despite drawing their last two matches, Argentina are still the favourites in Nextbet, where a home win pays 1.24. Jorge Sampaoli’s men earned 12 of their total points at home, but only won four of eight home fixtures in the qualifiers, with the other four ending in two losses and two draws.

Sergio Aguero will miss the game because of a broken rib injury he suffered in a car accident in Amsterdam last week, but main man Lionel Messi is available and so is the youngster Paulo Dybala, along with the experienced Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria.

Peru are better form-wise after winning their last five matches, including three in the qualifiers. But they are the underdogs at 11.77 because of key injuries and suspensions.

Christian Cueva, who started 15 games in the qualifiers, Andre Carrillo (eight starts), and Christian Ramos (10 starts) are all suspended, while star forward Jefferson Farfan (three goals in five matches) might sit the game out because of injury.

It has been almost a year since the pair first met in the qualifiers, when Peru cancelled twice to hold Argentina to a 2-2 draw at Lima National Stadium. Another draw between the pair is priced 6.27 in Nextbet.

The prices in this match and all other qualifiers this week are now offered at Nextbet.