Both of these sides kicked off their time in Brazil in underwhelming fashion over the weekend, which has left them with a fight to make it into the second round. Peru are hopeful of building on their displays at the 2018 World Cup with success at this competition, but if they should slip up to Bolivia this week then their chances of going through are all but over. Can they defy the odds to leave Peru on the verge of the exit?
Bolivia were involved in the tournament’s opener, as they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil. It was a fourth straight loss for them, following up their poor form in the warm-up games ahead of the tournament. That comes after their difficult qualifying campaign for the World Cup, so it has hardly been a golden period for Bolivian football. They are really struggling to make an impact, having lost six successive Copa America ties.
Peru are coming off the back of a trip to the World Cup, while its not long since they recorded back to back 3rd place finishes at the Copa America. They are aiming to return to the World Cup in 2022, while they have a fine record at this tournament. They have lost just one of their last 10 matches in the Copa America and that came against Chile as they went on to win the tournament in 2015.
Peru have now drawn back to back games 0-0 at this tournament, following their draw with Venezuela at the weekend. That was their third straight clean sheet in this competition, following a 0-0 with Colombia and a 1-0 success over Brazil. That streak of low scoring games is something they can continue in this clash, especially against a Bolivia side who have failed to score in six of their last seven matches.
Peru have kept a clean sheet in three of their last five clashes, while their three World Cup matches last summer saw just four goals scored in total. We expect another low scoring clash with neither side looking great in front of goal. We expect the pair to play out another game low on excitement, with four of Peru’s last five seeing under 2.5 goals. We’re backing the same again in Tuesday’s meeting.