Mexico vs. Peru: time, TV channel, live stream, betting odds for World Cup tune-up friendly
Mexico have a chance to turn national team history with positive results in El Tri’s two September games, starting with a showdown against Peru on Saturday night.
Since May, Mexico have endured an unconvincing string of games in which they have been plagued by a lack of goals. They have had just one win in their last five games – in the CONCACAF Nations League against Suriname – and have scored a goal in total in the other four competitions.
Losses to Uruguay (3-0) and Paraguay (1-0) and a goalless draw with Ecuador have fans worrying about what they could face at the 2022 World Cup, where they face Argentina, Poland and a tricky side from Saudi Arabia meeting. That has put pressure on manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, who has criticized the negative tone in the Mexican press and has described himself as “public enemy number one”.
It’s a fresh start for Peru, who will play their first game since a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out loss to Australia in a World Cup play-off. Missing out on the World Cup meant replacing longtime manager Ricard Gareca with Juan Reynoso, nicknamed ‘El Cabezon’, taking the helm of La Bicolor for the first time. He knows Mexican football well, having recently managed and led Cruz Azul to their first Mexican title in 23 years.
Mexico will round out their September voting schedule with a game against Colombia on Tuesday, September 27 in Santa Clara, while Peru will meet El Salvador at Audi Field in Washington, DC
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Mexico vs. Peru TV Channels, Live Stream
Mexico vs. Peru will take place at 6:00 p.m. local time at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Guatemalan chief referee Bryan Lopez will be assisted by US assistants Ian and Frank Anderson and fourth official Walter Lopez, also from Guatemala. There will be no VAR for the game.
|Mexico||Sat 3 Sept||8:00 p.m. CDT||TV Azteca 7, Channel 5, TUDN||ViX, Azteca Deportes|
|Peru||Sat 24 Sept||8:00 p.m. PST||Movistar Deportes, Latina TV||Movistar Play|
|United States of America||Sat 24 Sept||9:00 p.m. ET||University, TUDN||fuboTV, TUDN site/app|
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: The game will be broadcast on Univision in the US and simulcast on TUDN, with both channels available to stream on fuboTV.
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Mexico vs. Peru lineup
There are four Mexican players likely to be sidelined due to various hits (Hector Herrera, Jorge Sanchez, Rogelio Funes Mori and Raul Jimenez), while Luis Romo and Alexis Vega could also be absent.
The game will be a big one for centre-forwards Henry Martin and Santi Gimenez after Tata Martino confirmed he will only bring three of four centre-forwards to Qatar: Jimenez and Funes Mori are the other contenders.
Mexico predicted starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa (GK) – Kevin Alvarez, Cesar Montes, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo – “Charly” Rodriguez, Edson Alvarez, Luis Chavez – Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Henry Martin, Roberto “Piojo” Alvarado
Mexico planned submarines (16): Alfredo Talavera (TG), Rodolfo Cota (TG), Nestor Araujo, Gerardo Arteaga, Jesus Angulo, Johan Vazquez, Fernando ‘Nene’ Beltran, Erick Gutierrez, Erick Sanchez, Luis Romo, Andres Guardado, Diego Lainez, Orbelin Pineda, Alexis Vega , Uriel Antuna, Santiago Gimenez
It will be interesting to see what formation Juan Reynoso adopts in his debut, with suggestions that he move away from the previous 4-3-3 and instead opt for a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1. Formation will decide.
Despite leaving open the possibility of playing with two forwards, Peruvian media predict Gianluca Lapadula will lead the line, backed by an attacking trio. The other question is whether Aldo Corozo or Luis Advincula will play at right-back.
Peruvian regulars Yoshimar Yotun and Andy Polo missed out on international duty in September through injury.
Estimated starting line-up for Peru (4-2-3-1, from right to left): Pedro Gallese (GK) – Luis Advincula, Anderson Santamaria, Alexander Callens, Marcos Lopez – Renato Tapia, Pedro Aquino – Andre Carrillo, Edison Flores, Christian Cueva – Gianluca Lapadula
Peru planned submarines (15): Carvallo (GK), Duarte (GK), Zambrano, Corzo, Abram, Araujo, Loyola, Cartagena, Pena, González, Quispe, Ormeno, Reyna, Valera, Ruidiaz
Mexico vs Peru best bets, odds
Mexico have had a difficult time against South American teams in recent games and scoring goals has been their biggest challenge. They now meet a Peru side who have conceded just one goal in their last three games against Mexico.
Expect another tight, few-goal battle in this one, and when that happens it wouldn’t be a surprise to see frustrated Mexican fans turn against their own team at the Rose Bowl.
Under a new coach, known as player-coach, there should be a different vibe in Peru. The South American team will be particularly motivated when they start again. And they have more creative players to create and score, including Seattle Sounders’ Raul Ruidiaz, who came on from the bench.
|Over/under 2.5 goals||+137 / -192|
|Both teams to score (Y/N)||-103 / -152|