Preview - Saudi Arabia vs Peru 04 June 18

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Jun 03, 2018, 07:20 PM Last Edit: Jun 03, 2018, 07:22 PM by Harry85
International Friendly
Saudi Arabia vs Peru
Monday, June 4th, 2018
03:00am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: AFG Arena

Saudi Arabia:
Last five matches form: D L W W L
Average goals per match: 2.50
Average goals against per match: 0.78
Top Scorer: Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (28)

Peru:
Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.44
Top Scorer: Paolo Guerrero (32)


Switzerland is the venue for this international friendly clash as two sides bound for this summer's world cup finals in Russia lock horns.

Peru have received a significant boost ahead of this fixture. In one of the most protracted "will he or wont he" sagas of any player for any side ahead of this summers finals, to the delight of Peruvian fans, captain, top scorer and talisman Paolo Gurrero will be allowed to play at the finals after all and takes his place in the squad here.

The Peruvians also arrive at this game in good form. Now unbeaten in their last 13 international fixtures, they have won each of their three World Cup warm up matches so far, seeing off Croatia, Iceland and Scotland.

Saudi Arabia meanwhile are a lot of people's tip for the side most likely to struggle at this summer's finals. It seems like consistency will likely prove to be their major issue. Recent friendlies have seen the Green Falcons beat Moldova, Algeria and Greece but lose to Belgium, Italy and most disappointingly 4-1 to Iraq.

Whether Peru are fully deserving of their current FIFA World Ranking of 11 we will probably find out at the World Cup. They do look like a significantly better side than 67 ranked Saudi Arabia though and can be fancied to come out on top here.


Prediction: Saudi Arabia 0 - 2 Peru

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots: 6 - 17
Shots on target: 1 - 8
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 50% - 50%

Three yellow cards dished out by referee Fedayi San in this one with Saudi Arabia's Hussain Al Mogahwi and Peru's Renato Tapia and Nilson Loyola all having their names taken.

Saudi Arabia were under pressure almost from the off here as Peru quickly developed a stranglehold on the game. The first goal came in the 20th minute and it was a cracker. Following a bout of head tennis between the two sides on the edge of the Saudi Arabia area, the ball fell to Andre Carillo. The Benfica man bringing the ball down on his chest before unleashing a volley across goal and into the left-hand side of the net. Excellent finish.

Buoyed by the news that he will be allowed to compete in this year's finals - as any prospective punishment resulting from a doping case against him is put on hold - Paolo Guerrero celebrated by grabbing a goal in the 41st minute.

Abdullah Al Maiouf who looked far from convincing in the Saudi Arabia goal throughout was only able to palm out a shot from Édison Flores. Guerrero the man on hand to finish off the rebound. 0-2 at half time.

Guerrero grabbed his second of the game in the 64th minute, and again it was a simple finish. Being picked out by a cross from the left-hand side, the number 9 headed down towards the corner. It wasn't a header packed with power or accuracy but was still too hot to handle for Al Maiouf.

This was a solid enough effort from Peru who are now unbeaten in 14. Saudi Arabia will need to improve markedly on this though, or they may well be in big trouble in Russia.



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