Australia can still qualify for the next round with a win. However, they’ve won none of their last 15 matches against teams ranked above them, including 10 defeats, and Peru look to have a clear edge in this match-up. The Peruvians had the better of large stretches of their opening two matches and were the better team in the second half against the much-fancied French team. Furthermore, they’ve won nine of their last 12 matches against teams we ranked below them.
Both teams have scored in just one of Peru's last nine fixtures and in tournament matches it’s one of seven. Peru have conceded just three times in those last nine games so Australia have their work cut out going forward. In fact, Peru haven't conceded more than a single strike in any of their last 16 matches, but having failed to find the target themselves in their opening two matches ‘No’ in the both teams to score market looks a banker.
Since the 2015 Copa America, Peru have won eight of 10 matches against sides ranked between 16th and 36th (we have Australia 26th), though they were level at the break in seven as these games invariably saw more goals in the second half. Australia have been all-square at half-time in eight of their last nine, and since 1990, there have been 16 World Cup meetings between teams from the Asian and CONMEBOL confederations and the South Americans have recorded 12 wins, including seven Draw/Win doubles.