The large match
Peru-Brazil, Estadio Nacional (Lima)
Ricardo Gareca is aware of Peru’s opening-day attract Paraguay will look even higher if his aspect can construct on it with a outcome towards Brazil at house. The coach is anticipated to stay along with his trusted 4-3-3 formation regardless of the attacking prowess proven by his opponents of their opener.
It’s price remembering that, though they twice misplaced out to Brazil on the Copa America 2019, together with within the remaining, the Peruvians received their final assembly: a September 2019 pleasant within the USA.
For Brazil coach Tite, “all these outcomes are prior to now”. Neither is he frightened that Neymar was not on the score-sheet within the 5-0 rout of Bolivia: “He fulfilled his duties by getting on the ball and being inventive. Soccer is a group sport.”
Peru have by no means received a World Cup qualifier towards Brazil. Their file stands at 4 attracts and 7 defeats, whereas they’ve misplaced their final three makes an attempt with out scoring.
After their slim opening-round victory, Argentina go to a still-reeling Bolivia in La Paz, traditionally not the happiest of looking grounds for La Albiceleste. All informed, they’ve received there thrice on this competitors, however not since 2005. Within the intervening years, Messi and Co have come away with one draw and two defeats, together with a chastening 6-1 reverse in 2009. Cesar Farias is anticipated to make a number of modifications to the house aspect, together with beginning the veteran Marcelo Martins up entrance.
Uruguay, who additionally kicked off their marketing campaign with a victory, have an equally difficult journey to Quito to face Ecuador. Oscar Tabarez’s aspect shall be with out the injured Giorgian De Arrascaeta however are anticipated to herald one other centre-forward to accompany Luis Suarez. La Tri, who’ve received their final two house qualifiers towards Uruguay, may make as much as 5 modifications as they seek for the attacking risk that was lacking in final week’s reverse to Argentina.
In the meantime, in Santiago, Chile welcome Colombia with La Roja eager to make amends for his or her loss final week in Uruguay. Reinaldo Rueda has Mauricio Isla obtainable once more after the veteran defender recovered from COVID-19 – an choice price contemplating given Los Cafeterors spectacular ahead play on Matchday 1. Apart from the injured Santiago Arias, it stays to be seen if there shall be every other modifications to the group that put three objectives previous Venezuela.
Talking of Venezuela, they are going to be hoping to place that shaky begin behind them once they welcome Paraguay to Merida. The latter had the prospect to take all three factors of their opener however ultimately needed to accept one. “It is not a query of being extra offensive or defensive, however of discovering the fitting steadiness,” mentioned Vinotinto coach Jose Peseiro, who has the choice of beginning with attacking midfielder Yeferson Soteldo. His reverse quantity, Eduardo Berizzo, can also be weighing up modifications, together with that of beginning with ahead Angel Romero.
Participant to look at
Marcelo Moreno Martins (Bolivia)
The 33-year-old Bolivian striker is likely one of the gamers who Cesar Farias may have earmarked to face Argentina – and never with out good purpose. Of the 5 events he has confronted La Albiceleste in World Cup qualifiers, he has scored in 4 of them.
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This Tuesday, Colombian Reinaldo Rueda shall be going through his nation of delivery for the seventh time in his teaching profession. He has met them twice with present aspect Chile (two attracts), thrice with Ecuador (one win and two defeats) and as soon as with Honduras (win).