Thursday international football predictions: Uruguay should beat Peru | Sports News


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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Thursday’s international matches.

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Uruguay vs Peru Premier Sports 2
11:30 p.m. Thursday

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Uruguay winner and under 3.5 goals
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Serbia 6:30 p.m. Thursday
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Uruguay have worked very hard to secure a place in the World Cup, but they seem solid favorites to beat their qualifying rivals Peru in Montevideo.

La Celeste has appeared in each of the last three World Cup finals, but the road to Qatar ended in a string with a maximum of four extra points needed to secure automatic qualification.

A lack of consistency has plagued the Uruguayan campaign, but they are fourth with two games to go and could finish the job with one game to spare if they beat fifth-placed Peru and sixth-placed Chile fail to win in the Brazil.

However, a loss to Peru would see Diego Alonso’s side drop out of the top four while a draw could leave them vulnerable as they are yet to face Chile in Santiago next Tuesday.

Given the quality of the Uruguayan squad, it should never have been this tight, but they made it through the February qualifiers, winning in Paraguay and at home against Venezuela, and they should have too much quality and experience for Peru.

Reaching Russia 2018 was a huge feat for Peru, but their efforts to qualify for Qatar were hampered by a lack of firepower.

The Incas are the worst scorers in the top six and could struggle to make an impact against Uruguay, who are likely to pick up a low-scoring success.

Fast-improving Serbia could be a potential dark horse in Qatar and their preparations can continue with a friendly win against Hungary in Budapest.

The Serbs make the short trip without injured Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, but they should be happy to have in-form Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to lead the line.

Dragan Stojkovic’s side are strong across the board and should have the advantage over a hard-working but functional Hungary, who have never come seriously close to challenging England and Poland for a place in the top two of the Group I qualification.

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