It’s a battle for the final automatic qualifying spot when Colombia hosts Peru in 2022 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifying on Friday in Barranquilla. The teams are tied on points, with the Colombians holding the fourth spot in the standings on goal differential, but they are six points behind third-place Ecuador. Three other teams are within two points of the fourth spot with four CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying games remaining. Colombia (3-8-3) has played in the last two World Cups and five overall, reaching the quarterfinals in 2014. Peru (5-2-7) has played in six overall and won one game in 2018 in its first appearance since 1982.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET at Estadio Metropolitano. Caesars Sportsbook lists Colombia as the -165 favorite (risk $165 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Colombia vs. Peru odds, with Peru the +500 underdog. A draw is listed at +240 and the Over-Under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Peru vs. Colombia picks or 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying predictions, you need to see what red-hot 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 compiled a winning record of 260-133-1 with over 90 units of profit for his community on various platforms over a recent two-month stretch.
Now, Eimer has broken down the Colombia vs. Peru 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match from all sides and just locked in his coveted picks and WCQ predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Eimer’s picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for the Peru vs. Colombia South American Qualifier:
- Colombia vs. Peru spread: Colombia -0.5 (-150)
- Colombia vs. Peru over-under: 2.5 goals
- Colombia vs. Peru money line: Colombia -165, Peru +500, Draw +240
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Why you should back Colombia
La Tricolor has won four of the last five meetings and has lost to Peru just once since July 2011. It has not lost a World Cup qualifier to the Peruvians since 2001, going 7-2-0 and outscoring them 18-2 in the nine matches. It won the most recent meeting 3-2 last June. Colombia has played to 0-0 draws in four of its last five qualification matches, losing 1-0 to Brazil in the other match last November. Colombia remains in position to qualify but will have a sense of urgency.
Colombia has won just three of its 14 matches and has had trouble scoring. It has 16 goals in the 14 qualifying matches, but it has conceded just 17 and Peru has scored 15 so far. The squad features a lot of experience, with goalkeeper David Ospina leading with 121 caps and Juan Cuadrado (108), Radamel Falcao (97) and James Rodriguez (82) all expected to start. Luis Diaz has become a key piece at age 25, and he scored twice in the last meeting with Peru.
Why you should back Peru
La Blanquirroja’s confidence is soaring as it has won its last two World Cup qualifiers, beating Bolivia 3-0 and getting a 2-1 victory over Venezuela. It has gained nine points from the last 15 available. Peru has been more competitive with the Colombians in the past two meetings, beating them 2-1 last June in the Copa America and losing 3-2 in the third-place match. Veteran playmaker Christian Cueva is the catalyst for the squad and leads a talented set of midfielders.
Yoshimar Yotun and Sergio Pena are expected to flank him, and each scored a goal against Colombia in the two Copa America meetings last year. Gianluca Lapadula, who scored in the 3-2 loss in the Copa third-place match, will lead the line and try to add to his five international goals. Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese is the captain of the squad, and central defenders Luis Advincula and Miguel Trauco have a combined 166 international matches under their belts.
How to make World Cup Qualifying and Colombia vs. Peru picks
Eimer has taken an in-depth look at Friday’s Colombia vs. Peru match from every angle, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also provides his two best bets, including a confident play on the winner, and has a full breakdown of the match. He’s only sharing his Peru vs. Colombia pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Peru vs. Colombia in Friday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Colombia vs. Peru South American qualifying match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out