One team is headed back to the world showcase while the other is headed home when Australia and Peru square off Monday in a 2022 World Cup qualifying intercontinental final. The Socceroos have made the World Cup four straight times, and Peru returned in 2018 for the first time in 36 years. The two nations ended up in the same group in Russia, and Australia failed to win a game as Peru took a 2-0 victory in their match for its only victory. That was the only previous head-to-head matchup, and now they meet in another huge match.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET. Peru is the -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Australia vs. Peru odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Australia is a +325 underdog, a regulation draw is priced +205, and the over-under for total goals is set at 2.5. Before you lock in any Peru vs. Australia picks or World Cup qualifying predictions, you have to see what soccer insider Jon Eimer has to say.
Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. The Indiana-based handicapper is 18-10 on his World Cup Qualifying picks for SportsLine, for a return of well over $600 for $100 bettors. He also is 11-8 on his last 19 soccer picks overall, for a profit of more than $400 for $100 bettors.
Now, Eimer has broken down the Peru vs. Australia matchup from every angle and just locked in his coveted World Cup qualifying picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Australia vs. Peru:
- Australia vs. Peru spread: Peru -0.5 (-120)
- Australia vs. Peru over-under: 2.5 goals
- Australia vs. Peru money line: Australia +325, Peru -130, Draw +205
- AUS: Australia is 11-3-3 since 2020 but is 4-3-3 in its past 10
- PERU: Peru is 11-5-7 in all competitions since the start of 2021
Why you should back Peru
La Blanquirroja has a clear rest advantage, having played one friendly match since the end of March. That was a 1-0 win against New Zealand, which is also in the running for a spot in Qatar. The Socceroos, on the other hand, faced a daunting mental and physical challenge in their must-win match with the UAE less than a week ago. Peru also has faced much better competition, playing in a confederation with World Cup qualifiers Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador. Peru is 22nd in FIFA’s world ranking, while the Aussies come in at No. 42.
The Peruvians have allowed just three goals over their past seven games, while Australia has gone five games without recording a clean sheet. Peru has veterans at every level, with Orlando City’s Pedro Gallese in the net, Luis Advincula and midfielder Yoshimar Yotun all boasting at least 90 caps. Gallese has allowed less than a goal per game (0.92) and has 30 clean sheets in his 90 appearances.
Why you should back Australia
The Socceroos come in with momentum off an exhilarating win and know they can rest once the job is done. Ajdin Hrustic scored the winner in the 84th minute and the Aussies held top tournament scorer Ali Mabkhout of the UAE without a goal to advance out of the AFC. They allowed just six shots in the match, and Jordan had just one on target as the Roos took a 2-1 in a friendly in their previous match. Jackson Irvine also scored in the second half of Tuesday’s match, and he is one of eight players on the Australia roster with at least five international goals.
Melbourne City teammates Jamie Maclaren and Mathew Leckie are the keys to the attack, and Leckie started up top Tuesday while McLaren came on late. He forced a huge save on a sharp strike just before Hrustic’s winner. Maclaren is banged up from a long league season, when he led the Australian A-League with 15 goals in 24 appearances. Leckie had nine goals for the A-League regular-season champs, who lost to Western United in the Grand Final.
How to make Peru vs. Australia picks
Eimer has scrutinized the Australia vs. Peru match from every angle, and he is leaning under on the goal total. He’s also provided another confident best bet and has a full breakdown of the match. He’s only sharing his coveted soccer picks and predictions at SportsLine.
So, who wins Australia vs. Peru? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Peru vs. Australia match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.