Colombia hosts Peru in round 15 of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Friday, January 28th at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez (Barranquilla)
Colombia is in 4th place in the standings with 17 points after 14 rounds. The Coffee Growers gained three victories and eight draws and suffered three losses. This national team is in the top four before the final four rounds of qualification, and it guarantees a direct ticket to Qatar. The Colombians could have felt more confident in the standings if they hadn’t tied too often. In the last eight rounds, Colombia gained as many as six draws and only one home victory over Chile (3-1). The Coffee Growers played one friendly match against Honduras in January. The game in Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) ended with the victory of Rueda’s team (2-1). The head coach used reservists and did without the help of players performing in Europe.
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The national team of Peru is in 5th position in the 2022 World Cup qualification standings with 17 points. The White-Reds have five victories, two draws, and seven defeats after 14 rounds. Currently, the Peruvians are taking a place in the playoff zone. If they maintain this position until the end of qualification, they will compete for participation in the 2022 World Cup with a team from the Asian Football Confederation. The Incas ended the previous year with victories over Bolivia (3-0) and Venezuela (1-2), and in January 2022, they played two home friendly matches against the national teams from Central America. On January 17, the Peruvians tied against Panama (1-1), and four days later they hammered Jamaica (3-0).
Direct competitors in the standings will face each other in the match in Barranquilla. Given the importance of the upcoming game, the opponents will try to play more cautiously than in previous matches. Betting on low production looks like a logical option. The offensive problems of the Colombians play in favor of this scenario. In the last five rounds, the Coffee Growers couldn’t score a single goal. Moreover, they scored only 16 goals during the entire qualification. The Peruvians have this figure even worse: 15 goals in 14 rounds. And in general, the matches of the Incas are usually unproductive. Six out of eight previous games in this qualification ended with Under 2.5 goals scored.