Uruguay will welcome Peru to their homeland this Thursday as the two nations clash in what is easily the biggest game of the South American qualifiers to date with just two games remaining with the home side just ahead in the table right now.
Uruguay are indeed in fourth, meaning they are heading to the Qatar 2022 World Cup come to the end of the year if results do not change from now until the end. Luis Suarez and co. are currently a point ahead of Peru here with their six wins, four draws and six defeats tumping their six wins, three draws and seven losses. Moreover, both sides have been struggling on the front of the goal these days, as Uruguay have only managed to score 19 and let in 22, with Peru scoring two fewer goals but letting in one less too. Either way, for Peru, to be ahead of Colombia and within touching distance of the World Cup is within itself an achievement, but for the two-time world champions, they are flirting with the possibility of missing only the second World Cup of the past 20 years following a failure to make it to Germany 2006.
Should they win, though, then there is no mathematical way they will not make it to the World Cup, as they will take the final automatic spot. A draw, however, keeps things alive until the final game, but with even with a draw or a defeat, Peru still have a chance to qualify with fifth moving them into the play-offs.
We're heading for a Uruguay win here, with the importance of the game simply being too much for their star-studded lineup.