Chile vs Peru betting tips: Copa América semi-final match preview & predictions

Chile vs Peru prediction: Chile 2-0 Peru

Will the holders keep alive their hopes of a third Copa América title in a row?

Chile had never been crowned South American champions in 37 attempts as of four years ago.

Back then, they beat Argentina on penalties on home soil in 2015; an historic occasion in Santiago.

Then, 12 months later, they beat Argentina on penalties again this time in the Copa América Centenario Final in New Jersey.

Can La Roja become only the second team ever to win three titles in a row?

As for Peru, their two South American titles came back in 1939 and 1975 and they have not reached the final since then.

Nevertheless, La Blanquirroja have upset the odds to get here so can they do so again?

Who will come out on top at Arena do Grêmio?

Alexis Sanchez

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 10: Alexis Sánchez of Brazil reacts during the match between Brazil and Chile for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Allianz Parque on October 10, 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Chile vs Peru: Who will win?

Chile are odds on at 19/20 to win this game in 90 minutes.

Peru are big underdogs at 7/2 to be victorious in normal time.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 2/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 2/5.

Both won their quarter-finals ties on penalties and this tie to go to penalties is 9/2.

Chile to qualify is 4/9; Peru are 13/8 to progress.

Alexis Sánchez is Chile’s record goal-scorer with 43 goals including two at this tournament. He is 4/1 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

Despite this, Eduardo Vargas is Chile leading scorer at Copa Américas with 12. The Tigres UANL man is also 4/1 to break the deadlock and 2/1 to net anytime.

Peru will also have their leading goal scorer of all time on show, Paolo Guerrero. He is 13/2 to score first and 3/1 to score anytime.

Chile vs Peru: Match preview

Can Chile make history?

Argentina between 1945-1947 are the only side to win three successive Copa América titles but Chile are still in with a chance of repeating that.

Having failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup last summer, it was imperative that this side did well in this competition.

They could hardly have started any better.

Goals from Erick Pulgar, Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sánchez saw them hammer Japan 4-0 in São Paulo.

They then made it two wins out of two.

José Pedro Fuenzalida gave them the lead before Ecuador equalised soon after.

However, Alexis Sánchez’s volley ensured they won 2-1.

They then faced Uruguay in Rio needing just a point to finish top of Group C.

Despite being the better side for long parts, Cavani’s late header won it for Uruguay.

That result meant that it was to be Colombia at Arena Corinthians for Chile.

Charles Aránguiz did have the ball in the net early on but VAR ruled it out for offside.

With 19 minutes to go, it was Arturo Vidal’s turn to have a goal controversially disallowed by VAR.

No one could legally find the breakthrough and the match went to penalties.

The first eight penalties were all scored with Vidal, Vargas, Pulgar and Aránguiz converting for Chile.

4-4 in the shootout.

William Tesillo then stepped up for Colombia but skewed his penalty well wide.

That meant Alexis Sánchez had the chance to send Chile through and, cool as you like, he rolled his penalty into the corner.

That win means they have now made the Copa América semi-finals seven times under this format.

However, four of those came before the turn of the century with the other three coming in the last three tournaments.

This is a golden age of Chilean football so will they get to the final once again?

Chilean players celebrate after winning the 2015 Copa América football championship final against Argentina, in Santiago, Chile, on July 4, 2015. Chile won 4-1 on penalties (0-0). AFP PHOTO/ NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images.

Will Peru make it to their first final since 1975?

As for Peru, it is far more surprising to see them in the last four.

Los Incas participated in their first FIFA World Cup finals since 1982 last summer but were eliminated in the group stages.

In the Copa América, despite reaching the semi-finals in 2011 and 2015 and the quarter-finals in 2016, not many people thought they’d do well in Brazil.

They began in Porto Alegre but had two goals disallowed by VAR and could only draw 0-0 with Venezuela.

Then came the vital victory.

They came from 1-0 down to beat Bolivia 3-1; Paolo Guerrero, Jefferson Farfán and Edison Flores with the goals.

On matchday three, they were absolutely demolished 5-0 by Brazil so only got through as the highest ranked third-placed team.

That meant it was to be the Copa’s most successful side Uruguay in the last eight.

The 15-time winners had three goals disallowed by VAR and, somehow, Peru forced a penalty shootout.

Peru had previously never won a Copa penalty shootout, losing to Mexico in 1999 and Colombia in 2016.

However, they set about making history right away.

Luis Suárez was up first for Uruguay but he saw his tame effort pushed aside by Pedro Gallese.

Paolo Guerrero, Raúl Ruidíaz, Yoshimar Yotún and Luis Advíncula then all scored for Peru.

That meant if Edison Flores scored Peru were through and he smashed home.

Scenes in Salvador!

Having knocked out Uruguay, Ricardo Gareca’s side will believe they can beat anybody.

Can they finally end Chile’s rule over South American football?

Chile team news vs Peru

Claudio Bravo saves in penalty shoot out for Chile v Portugal

KAZAN, RUSSIA – JUNE 28: Claudio Bravo of Chile saves Portugal second penalty during the penalty shoot-out during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Portugal and Chile at Kazan Arena on June 28, 2017 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Chile’s side has not changed very much over the last four years and hasn’t changed a lot during this tournament.

They do have a rookie goalkeeper.

Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo, who’s won 119 caps, has missed out through injury.

So, Gabriel Arias of Argentine Primera División Champions Racing Club is the number one.

He only made his international debut 13 months ago despite the fact he was 30 at the time.

In front of him, captain Gary Medel of Beşiktaş will win his 124th cap.

Full-backs Jean Beausejour and Mauricio Isla both also have well over 100 caps.

In midfield, Arturo Vidal has won a major European league title in each of the last eight season with Juve, Bayern and now Barcelona.

Erick Pulgar anchors the midfield behind Vidal and Charles Aránguiz.

Up front, Alexis Sánchez scored two goals in the group phase and the decisive penalty in the quarter-finals.

Eduardo Vargas will lead the line; he’s scored 12 goals at Copas so can he add to that here?

Seven of this 11 started the final that they won on July 4 2015 so this is one of the last chances for glory for many.

Will Chile be in the final once again?

Peru team news vs Chile

LIMA, PERU – MAY 26: Players of Peru pose for a team photo during an open training session ahead of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 on May 26, 2018 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Leonardo Fernandez/Getty Images)

As for Peru, they too have an ageing squad who, if they’re going to win, must win now.

Pedro Gallese will win his 53rd cap in goal looking for his 15th international clean sheet.

He is one of eight members of this squad who were also in Chile four years ago when Peru finished third.

That is their best finish since 1983 but they want to do even better this time?

Rayo Vallecano right-back Luis Advíncula has been so impressive in this tournament but will be tested here.

Carlos Zambrano is their best centre-back and will once again be key.

They have a very solid midfield trio.

Yoshimar Yotún, Christian Cueva and Renato Tapia may not be the most talented but they are the hardest working.

Edison Flores, another central midfielder, will be pushed out wide once again to increase defensive solidity.

Their two main goal threats are their top two goal-scorers of all time.

Jefferson Farfán of Lokomotiv Moscow and captain Paolo Guerrero of Internacional despite being 34 and 35 respectively remain integral to their country.

They have 27 and 36 international goals respectively.

They do have some good options off the bench too.

André Carrillo of Al-Hilal has been lively off the bench.

As has Raúl Ruidíaz who has scored 19 goals in 26 appearances for his current club Seattle Sounders.

Will this side take Peru through to their first Copa América final for 44 years?

Predicted Chile line-up vs Peru

Predicted Chile line-up vs Peru

Predicted Chile line-up vs Peru.

Predicted Peru line-up vs Chile

Predicted Peru line-up vs Chile

Predicted Peru line-up vs Chile.

The latest tweets from Chile pre Peru

The latest tweets from Peru pre Chile

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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