This Friday, November 10, 2017 (7:15 PM Pacific) New Zealand will host Peru at Westpac Stadium for the first leg of an inter-confederation play-off. There is no clear winner and both teams will be motivated to reach the next World Cup and should provide a hard-fought encounter.
New Zealand dominated the Oceania World Cup qualifiers and defeated the Solomon Islands to reach this play-off. The All Whites do not have the most renowned roster but do have a couple of really talented players in West Ham United’s Winston Reid and Burnley’s Chris Wood. Anthony Hudson’s team will be facing a team with more players that play in more competitive leagues but will need to bank on the home-field advantage in this first leg.
Peru was one of the more surprising teams in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, finishing in fifth with 26 points just above Chile on goal differential. Los Incas achieved surprising results throughout the qualifiers including a scoreless draw against Argentina away from home in matchday 17 of the competition.
The team will be without its captain Paolo Guerrero due to a failed drug test but will still have potent players in the attack like Raul Ruidiaz, Christian Cueva, Paolo Hurtado and Edison Flores. Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese has been in impeccable form lately and should also be a key player in this game for Ricardo Gareca’s side. Both teams implement a highly physical style of play and that should translate into a very intense and contested matchup in Wellington this Friday.
How to Watch New Zealand vs Peru
The New Zealand vs Peru match will be broadcast this Friday, November 10 at 7:15 PM Pacific:
TV Schedule: beIN Sports, beIN Sports En Espanol
Watch Live Online: Sling TV (Watch 7 Days Free)