Bolivia host Peru on Sunday in a South American World Cup qualifier which is a battle of ninth versus seventh.
The home side played out three World Cup qualifying matches in September, winning none of them, having drawn 1-1 with Colombia thanks to an 83rd-minute equaliser from Fernando Saucedo, as well as being defeated 4-2 by Uruguay despite Marcelo Moreno’s brace and being thumped 4-0 by Argentina in their last outing. Despite scoring 12 goals in nine outings, Bolivia have the worst defensive record in the qualifiers, having leaked 22.
Meanwhile, Peru who were actually semi-finalists in the Copa America drew 1-1 with Uruguay in September, before defeating Venezuela 1-0 thanks to a Carlos Cueva strike and lost 2-0 to Brazil last time out. In Peru’s last four meetings with Bolivia, they have won all four games with both teams scoring in three of them, with their last meeting being in the 2019 Copa America Group Stages, where Martins scored a first-half penalty, before goals from Paolo Guerrero, Jefferson Farfan and Edson Flores sealed a comeback win.