By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 26th June 2018
Tuesday 26th June
Kick-off: 15:00pm BST
Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Live on ITV4
Australia vs Peru permutations
Peru are already eliminated, but Australia are still in with a chance of qualifying at odds of 9/2, with a win enough to see them through to the round of 16 if Denmark are beaten by France in the other Group C clash.
However, if Australia defeat Peru 1-0 and France beat Denmark 2-1 then the sides can only be separated by their disciplinary records. If they are also equal then a coin toss will decide between Australia and Denmark.
Australia vs Peru odds
Intriguingly, the Socceroos are 15/8 outsiders in the match betting odds, despite having more to play for than their Andean adversaries. Peru are 7/5, while the draw is trading at 23/10.
Australia vs Peru team news
Both sides are missing injured forwards for this encounter, with Australia without Andrew Nabbout and Peru denied the services of veteran attacker Jefferson Farfan.
Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric and Jamie Maclaren are all possible replacements available to Aussie gaffer Bert Marwijk, while Farfan’s absence may be slightly less of a blow as he was on the bench against France last time out.
Australia vs Peru match stats
Australia ended a run of four straight World Cup finals losses against the Danes last time out.
Their last three World Cup goals have each been penalties. No side has ever scored four consecutive spot-kick goals in the tournament.
Punters can avail themselves of odds of 7/4 about there being a penalty in the match, while its 18/5 that Aussie penalty taker Mile Jedinak scores at any time in the match.
The Socceroos’ chances of a potentially-qualification-securing success are bolstered by their opponents’ profligacy in front of goal, with Los Incas yet to score in Russia from 27 attempts on goal.
Australia vs Peru key players to watch
The aforementioned Aussie skipper Jedinak has notched ten goals in his last 20 internationals, while teammate Josh Risdon is inside the top ten players in the tournament for tackles per game.
Watford have not thus far taken up their option to sign Peru right-sided forward Andre Carillo after he spent a mediocre loan spell at Vicarage Road last season, but he has proven a dynamic creative force at the World Cup, where only seven players have averaged more key passes per game so far.