With Lionel Messi as the main attraction, the “albiceleste” returns to appear before his public after the great triumph over Uruguay 3-0.
In the midst of the idyll with the fans, who returned to sell out the available tickets to occupy 50% of the capacity, Lionel Scaloni’s team will try to stretch the 24-game unbeaten run since July 2019 and, at the same time, take a new step towards qualifying for the Qatar World Cup, which will begin in November next year.
The Argentine National Team is in second place with 22 points, 6 behind the leader Brazil and the same distance took out Ecuador and Uruguay, the main persecutors, even with the pending ruling of the classic suspended in Brazil.
Peru, on the other hand, is outside of everything since it is in the 7th. position with 11 points and not even with a historic and unprecedented victory in Buenos Aires will he be able to reach the playoff zone, which for now belongs to Colombia.
This will be the closing for the last triple playoff date this year, since from November two games per window will be played again.
The next commitments of the Argentine National Team will be the November 11 in Montevideo, against Uruguay; and five days later against Brazil, at home, at the San Juan Bicentennial Stadium.
A victory against Peru will leave the champion of America very well positioned, since -with one game less- will maintain the 6 point advantage when 18 will remain in play until the end of the qualifier, scheduled for the end of March.
Before the third game in a demanding week, Scaloni gave no indication of the formation against Peru but announced that he will make some “adjustments”.
The doubts go through the sides, where Gonzalo Montiel and Nahuel Molina compete for the right zone, while Nicolás Tagliafico and Marcos Acuña they do it for the opposite sector. The rest would be the same team, with the possible return of Ángel Di María by Nicolás González.
Peru comes to this meeting after a hard defeat at the height of La Paz against Bolivia (1-0) that overshadowed the good victory against Chile (2-0) in Lima.
The Tigre Gareca team will also face the game with many important casualties since they will not be Luis Advíncula, Paolo Guerrero, Renato Tapia, Raúl Ruidíaz, André Carrillo and Edison Flores.
The Inca set needs to add in order not to get away from the illusion of cqualify for the second time in a row at the World Cup, something that has not happened for almost 40 years, when he played Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982.
Peru could never beat Argentina as a visitor and drags a long 13-game losing streak: his last victory was in the Copa América of Bolivia in 1997 (2-1).
By qualifying, the last antecedent of a Peruvian victory was in Lima on June 23, 1985 (1-0) The day that Luis Reyna became famous for marking Diego Maradona on the brink of regulation.
= Probable formations =
Argentina: Emiliano Martínez; Gonzalo Montiel or Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi and Marcos Acuña; Ángel Di María, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes and Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez. DT: Lionel Scaloni.
Peru: Pedro Gallese; Jhilmar Lora, Carlos Zambrano, Alexander Callens and Miguel Trauco; Pedro Aquino; Christian Cueva, Cristopher Gonzales, Yoshimar Yotún and Raziel García; Gianluca Lapadula. DT: Ricardo Gareca.
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
TV: Public TV and TyC Sports.