Kick Off: 1900, 03/06/2018
Peru are rated as dark horses to do well at Russia 2018, whereas Saudi Arabia are rank outsiders and we reckon those World Cup odds will be reflected in this warm-up match.
The South American side did us a favour when beating Scotland 2-0 on Monday and a repeat of that performance should suffice in St Gallen, Switzerland.
We’re on Los Incas at 27/20 to lead at half-time and full-time in our Saudi Arabia vs Peru betting tips.
A Look At Saudi Arabia’s Betting Odds
Saudi Arabia booked their trip to Russia this summer after a 1-0 win over Japan helped them pip Australia to second place behind the Samurai Blue on goal difference.
The arrival of former Chile head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi is a boost, but they are still expected to struggle in a World Cup pool which also features the hosts, Uruguay and Egypt.
A long stretch of international friendlies have brought mixed results, with the highlights being wins over Moldova, Algeria and Greece.
However, the Green Falcons did have their limitations exposed in emphatic losses to Ghana, Portugal and Belgium by an aggregate score of 10-0.
Monday’s 2-1 defeat against Italy at this venue was no disgrace, but Yahya Al Shehri’s late consolation only came after a mistake by Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta.
A Look At Peru’s Betting Odds
Peru will end a 36-year absence from football’s biggest stage this summer after finishing fifth in the South American section and then beating New Zealand 2-0 on aggregate in a play-off.
They will hope to edge out Denmark and Australia and qualify alongside France from a favourable World Cup pool.
Most pundits would agree that a FIFA ranking of 11 flatters Ricardo Gareca’s side, but they do have a useful spine of proven performers.
Lokomotiv Moscow forward Jefferson Farfan was on target in the win over Scotland, while former Bayern Munich and Hamburg striker Paolo Guerrero is another evergreen veteran up front.
Scotland boss Alex McLeish felt his makeshift team generally “contained Peru very well”, but he added: “They are a good team, technically good, very strong, quick.”
We’re finishing off our Saudi Arabia vs Peru betting predictions by taking 11/2 for another 2-0 victory.
Italy 2-1 SAUDI ARABIA – Yahya Al-Shehri
PERU 2-0 Scotland – Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan
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