The massive 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 in opposition to Brazil at dwelling. The coach is predicted to stick along with his trusted 4-3-3 formation regardless of the attacking prowess proven by his opponents of their opener.
It is price remembering that, though they twice misplaced out to Brazil on the Copa America 2019, together with within the closing, the Peruvians gained their final assembly: a September 2019 pleasant within the USA.
For Brazil coach Tite, “all those results are in the past”. Nor is he frightened that Neymar was not on the score-sheet within the 5-0 rout of Bolivia: “He fulfilled his responsibilities by getting on the ball and being creative. Football is a team sport.”
Peru have by no means gained a World Cup qualifier in opposition to Brazil. Their document 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 searching grounds for La Albiceleste. All informed, they’ve gained there 3 times on this competitors, however not since 2005. In 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 predicted to make a number of adjustments 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 usher in one other centre ahead to accompany Luis Suarez. La Tri, who’ve gained their final two dwelling qualifiers in opposition to Uruguay, may make up to 5 adjustments as they seek for the attacking risk that was lacking in final week’s reverse to Argentina.
Meanwhile, 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 accessible once more after the veteran defender recovered from COVID-19 – an possibility price contemplating given Los Cafeteros‘ spectacular ahead play on Matchday 1. Aside from the injured Santiago Arias, it stays to be seen if there shall be some other adjustments to the crew that put three objectives previous Venezuela.
Speaking of Venezuela, they are going to be hoping to put that shaky begin behind them once they welcome Paraguay to Merida. The latter had the possibility to take all three points of their opener however ultimately had to accept one. “It’s not a query of being extra offensive or defensive, however of discovering the correct 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 adjustments, together with that of beginning with ahead Angel Romero.
Player to watch
Marcelo Martins Moreno (Bolivia)
The 33-year-old Bolivian striker is likely one of the gamers who Cesar Farias can have earmarked to face Argentina – and never with out good cause. Of the 5 events he has confronted La Albiceleste in World Cup qualifiers, he has scored in 4 of them.
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), 3 times with Ecuador (one win and two defeats) and as soon as with Honduras (win).