Sweden v Peru Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 9th June 2018

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Janne Andersson’s Sweden and Ricardo Gareca’s Peru lock horns in a friendly at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg on Saturday evening in what will be the first ever meeting between the two countries. Both the Swedes and the Peruvians will be taking part in this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. Sweden start with a game against South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod, while Peru’s campaign begins with a fixture with Denmark in Saransk.

With this being their first meeting, Saturday’s clash in Gothenburg is a difficult one to call. However, the bookies are just siding with the home team. With the eagerly anticipated World Cup just around the corner, which one of these nations will board the plane to Russia with a win under their belts? We should be in for an entertaining night on the west coast of Sweden.

Top Tips

Peru to Win to Nil @ 7/2

Peru to Win 2-0 @ 12/1

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Sweden Form

Sweden head into this friendly in pretty poor form, losing two and drawing one of their last three matches. After back-to-back defeats, however, the Swedes did manage to hold rivals Denmark to a 0-0 draw at the Friends Arena in Solna last weekend. Andersson’s side have won only one of their last six games in all competitions, so they will be looking for a victory over Peru on Saturday ahead of their trip to Russia.

Sweden pipped Holland to second place on goal difference in World Cup qualifying Group A, winning six, drawing one and losing three to end on 19 points. The Blue-Yellow then shocked the footballing world by beating four-time World Cup winners Italy 1-0 on aggregate in the play-off match to reach Russia. Sweden face South Korea in their first game at the World Cup, before playing Germany in Sochi and Mexico in Yekaterinburg.

MatchDateScoreResult
Sweden v Denmark 2nd June 2018 0-0 Draw
Romania v Sweden 27th March 2018 1-0 Loss
Sweden v Chile 24th March 2018 1-2 Loss

Peru Form

Peru finished in fifth place in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, going on to take the one and only inter-confederation play-off spot. It was a topsy-turvy campaign for the Peruvians, winning seven, drawing five and losing six to finish on 26 points from a possible 54. Los Incas then faced New Zealand over two legs in the OFC-CONMEBOL play-off, winning 2-0 at home after a 0-0 draw in Wellington to progress.

Peru head to Gothenburg in tip-top shape having won four friendlies in a row. In fact, Gareca’s side are on a superb 14-game unbeaten run, winning 10 and drawing four. The Peruvians have not lost since Brazil won 2-0 in Lima way back in November 2016. With France expected to win World Cup Group C, Peru will be battling with Australia and Denmark for second place in the group. This will be the White and Reds’ first World Cup appearance since 1982, and they will certainly be hoping to make the most of it in Russia.

MatchDateScoreResult
Saudi Arabia v Peru 3rd June 2018 0-3 Win
Peru v Scotland 30th May 2018 2-0 Win
Iceland v Peru 28th March 2018 1-3 Win

Head to Head Stats

Saturday’s encounter in Gothenburg will be the first ever meeting between Sweden and Peru.

Injuries & Suspensions

Jakob Johansson, who has recently signed for Rennes, will miss this one and the entirety of the World Cup with a knee injury. Peru captain Alberto Junior Rodriguez is carrying a slight knock but should be fit to play.

Sweden

  • Jakob Johansson - Midfielder side-lined with a serious knee injury

Peru

  • Alberto Junior Rodriguez - Defender is not 100% but should be fit

Betting Tips

Judging by recent form, Peru should win this one with ease in Gothenburg. The Peruvians have beaten some notable names lately, including Croatia and Iceland, who will both be at the World Cup. Gareca’s troops have also been very hard to break down at the back, with Jon Gundi Fjoluson’s goal for the Icelanders in New Jersey back in March being the only goal the Peruvians have conceded in their last six. In contrast, the Swedes have failed to score in each of their last two, and they have only netted once in their last four games since beating Italy in November. Sweden may go into this one as the slight favourites with the bookies, but we can see Peru continuing their fine winning run on Saturday.

Peru to Win to Nil

Peru looked dead and buried at the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign when they lost three of their opening four. Somehow, though, Gareca and his side turned things around in dramatic style in the end, fending off the likes of Chile and Paraguay to the play-off place. As we touched on, the Peruvians have been very solid at the back in recent games, and we can see them keeping Sweden’s limited attack at bay on Saturday. Peru to win to nil is nicely priced at 7/2.

Peru to Win 2-0

Peru have netted five goals in their last two friendlies, beating Scotland 2-0 and Saudi Arabia 3-0. Since their goalless draw with New Zealand, Peru have scored at least two goals in every game. Three of those five have been 2-0 wins, and you can get Peru at 12/1 to secure another 2-0 triumph here.

Peru to be Winning at Half Time

Peru have been winning at half time in four of their last five, so back them to win the first half (13/5) in Gothenburg on Saturday.

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