Friday, May 29, 2020

Prediction: Bolivia vs Peru

Veselin Trajkovic in Free Soccer Predictions 18 Jun 2019


Verdict: Peru win.

Best odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Bet365

Bolivia and Peru stand against each other in Copa America’s Group A second round. Bolivia were comprehensively beaten by event hosts Brazil, while Peru played a goalless draw against Venezuela.


Bolivia didn’t fare well in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and it’s worth remembering that they failed to get through the group stage of the Copa on six of the last seven editions of this tournament. They can be very tricky when playing at home, but that won’t help them here.

Before the Brazil defeat, they lost three pre-tournament games – to South Korea, Japan and France. They failed to score a single goal, and carried that form into their opener against the hosts with Philippe Coutinho and Everton Soares making sure of that.


Goalkeepers: Carlos Lampe, Ruben Cordano, Javier Rojas. Defenders: Marvin Bejarano, Diego Bejarano, Luis Haquin, Adrian Jusino, Mario Cuellar, Saul Torres, Roberto Fernandez, Jose Mario Carrasco. Midfielders: Alejandro Chumacero, Raul Castro, Erwin Saavedra, Leonel Justiniano, Samuel Galindo, Fernando Saucedo, Diego Wayar, Paul Arano. Forwards: Marcelo Martins, Gilbert Alvarez, Rodrigo Ramallo, Leonardo Vaca.


Peru’s form coming into the tournament has been somewhat better than that of Bolivia, though far from great. They won two (against Paraguay and Costa Rica) and lost two (El Salvador, Colombia) of their last four matches, followed by the Venezuela draw in the first round. They were the better side in that game but failed to take advantage of that, even Luis Mago picked up a second yellow card and his marching orders in the 75th minute and Venezuela were forced to play the last quarter of an hour with 10 men.


Goalkeepers:Pedro Gallese, Carlos Caceda, Patricio Alvarez. Defenders:Luis Advincula, Carlos Zambrano, Miguel Trauco, Aldo Corzo, Alexander Callens, Miguel Araujo, Anderson Santamaria, Luis Abram. Midfielders: Yoshimar Yotun, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Renato Tapia, Christofer Gonzales, Jesus Pretell, Paolo Hurtado. Forwards:Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero, Andre Carillo, Raul Ruidiaz, Andy Polo.


Given everything seen in the opening round, as well as before that, it’s hard to see Bolivia getting anything from this game, even though they will have to try their best following the defeat to Brazil. Peru will likely dominate the play, and it’s hard to see them failing to capitalize once more. They also need to bear Brazil in mind, and make sure their hopes of progressing don’t hinge on getting a result there.

Verdict: Peru win.

Best odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Bet365


Veselin Trajkovic

Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.



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