Bolivia vs Peru 2019 group A.
Losing 3-0 to hosts Brazil in their Copa América (CA) opener, Bolivia has won just one of their last 15 matches since the World Cup 2018 qualifiers (D6, L8). They could easily be on for a five-game streak of losses ‘to-nil’ here, against a team they haven’t beaten in their last eight attempts (D4, L4).
Despite seeing both teams score in 33.33% of their last 15 games, Bolivia will not feel very optimistic here, having lost every game of the 2016 CA after being beaten in their opener on that occasion. Worse yet for the ‘Green’, manager Eduardo Villegas still looking for his first win as Bolivia boss (D1, L3).
For that reason, Peru will be optimistic about using this as a platform to (at least) emulate their fifth-place finish of 2016. Having transformed Peru’s fortunes in recent years, Ricardo Gareca (W23, D12, L19) has led Peru to three H2H wins on the spin. However, a 0-0 with Venezuela in their last game saw them register their eighth draw in all competitions since November 2016!
Overall, Peru holds the H2H advantage with 16 wins since 1927 (W16, D10, L10). They will also be boosted by the fact that they have won three of their last ten international friendlies ‘to-nil’ (W3, D1, L6), with both teams scoring in just 40.0% of those games.
Players to watch: With 17 goals from 73 caps, Marcelo Moreno had a quiet game against Brazil, but scored a penalty in Bolivia’s 3-1 2015 loss to Peru.
With ten goals from 56 caps, Christian Cueva scored the last goal in Peru’s 2-1 H2H win in 2017.
Stat attack: Three of the last four goals conceded by Bolivia have arrived in the 15 minutes either side of half-time.
Just 40.0% of Peru’s last 15 games have seen over 2.5 goals scored in total.
Peru has recorded a return of W5, D1 from the last seven CA games to see them score first.
Will not play
Sagredo C. J. M.
Referee: Zambrano R. (Ecu),
Venue: Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro)