Matchday 11 of the South American 2022 World Cup Qualifiers left a lot to talk about but now it's time to turn the page and get ready for the pending games corresponding to Matchday 5. On Sunday, October 10, Bolivia host Peru in a must-win game for both. The match will be broadcast in the US by FuboTV.
La Verde are in the low part of the table and their Qatar 2022 aspirations are in serious danger after ten rounds of play. They come from a painful defeat at the hands of Ecuador and head back home aiming to strengthen themselves in the altitude of La Paz.
Peru got back on track by claiming a much-needed victory over lifelong rivals Chile in Lima. La Blanquirroja struggled at the beginning of the campaign but now they seem to be heading in the right direction. However, they must continue like this to remain in contention.
Bolivia confirmed Starting XI
Cesar Farias made a strange decision for this window as he named a 53-name roster that included U-21 players, but he went further by making another bold call. Juan Carlos Arce, Fernando Saucedo, Carmelo Algarañaz, Rodrigo Ramallo, Gabriel Villamil, Jeyson Chura, and Moises Villarroel have all stayed in La Paz while La Verde took on Ecuador.
Why? Because they're used to play in the altitude of La Paz and Farias wanted them to be focused on the two home games this month. Therefore, some of them may start against Peru. This is how Bolivia will line up: Carlos Lampe; Roberto Fernandez, Adrian Jusino, Luis Haquin, Jose Sagredo; Rodrigo Ramallo, Fernando Saucedo, Moises Villarroel, Carmelo Algarañaz; Juan Carlos Arce; Marcelo Moreno Martins.
Peru confirmed lineup
Peru took a big weight off their shoulders by beating Chile, but their players have felt the intensity of that hard-fought game. Edison Flores and Renato Tapia were ruled out for the remainder of the October window, while Paolo Guerrero was in doubt and finally won't play today.
Coach Ricardo Gareca, therefore, may have to do a number of changes to visit Bolivia. Gianluca Lapadula was also questionable for this clash but he proved to Gareca he's ready to return. This is Peru's lineup: Pedro Gallese; Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Alexander Callens, Miguel López; Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun; Gabriel Costa, Christian Cueva, Christofer Gonzales; Gianluca Lapadula.