Copa America – Group C: Colombia vs Peru Preview, Betting Tips and Prediction
Colombia will face Peru in the Estadio Municipal Germán Becker in Temuco on Sunday evening with both sides are looking for a win in order to qualify in the quarterfinals. Colombia have started their campaign with a 1-0 loss against Venezuela but then revived back by breaking Brazil’s long winning streak with a 1-0 win. Peru also made a rough start to the Copa America campaign with a 2-1 loss against Brazil but the team re-entered into contention with a 1-0 win over Venezuela after Pizarro scoring on 72 minutes. Both teams will be desperate to win this game with Peru just need a draw to qualify for the quarter-final of Copa America, while Colombia must win this match on Sunday.
Colombia are in excellent form for the last two years, winning eight of their last ten games and losing only one game against Venezuela. Although the team does not have enough defensive backs after the retirement of Mario Yepes, Colombia have played very well defensively in the tournament and have kept six clean sheets in their last ten matches. Colombia also have an attacking squad with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez. Colombia will miss Carlos Bacca this match due to suspension.
Peru were considered underdog in the group, but despite that they played extremely well against Brazil and Venezuela and are currently sitting at the second spot of the group even though all four teams have the same number of points. Peru have an impressive record in Copa America tournament, finished third in the 2011 edition of the tournament and reached the quarter-finals of each of the four Copa Americas since 2001. Peru have good experienced players in the tournament with the likes of Juan Manuel Vargas, Claudio Pizarro, Jefferson Farfan, and Paolo Guerrero. There are no injury concerns from Peru side.
Peru doesn't have a good record against Colombia, winning only one game of their last ten games in all competitions. Both teams have played 38 games against each other, out of which Colombia won 14 games, Peru won 9 games and 15 games ended in draw.
Colombia are expected to employ an offensive game plan to win this match, while Peru are expected to be patient and play smart defense until the offensive team makes a mistake. Overall, both teams are in good shape and have equal chances to win this match, but considering the past performances and statistics we predict the total goals scored in this match will be Over 2.5.
Colombia: Ospina, Zapata, Armero, Murillo, Zuniga, Sanchez, Valencia, Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Gutierrez, Falcao
Peru: Gallese, Zambrano, Advincula, Ballon, Labaton, Cueva, Vargas, Sanchez, Ascues, Guerrero, Pizarro
Prediction: Total Goals- Over 2.5 @ 2.10 at William Hill Sports
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