Peru and Paraguay looking for third-place consolation
Peru and Paraguay have been two of the tournaments surprise packages and they will both look to bring a successful tournament to a close with victory in the third-place play-off in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Few expected either to get this far but Peru came through a group including Brazil and Colombia, both of whom they progressed further than, and made their way to the semi-finals with victory over Bolivia. For Paraguay, they avoided defeat against Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil before finally feeling the force of the former’s attacking threat in the semi-finals.
Peru finished third in 2011 and will be looking to repeat the feat in Concepcion this weekend. Los Incas coach Ricardo Gareca will be without Carlos Zambrano through suspenion but they are still slight favourites for the victory at 13/10.
Ramon Diaz is set to be without the services of key man Derlis Gonzalez through injury, while the experienced Roque Santa Cruz is also a doubt. Those injury blows have left Paraguay at slightly longer odds of 7/4 for the win.
Paraguay at least have one of the tournaments top-scorers to come in for Santa Cruz in Lucas Barrios. Barrios has scored half of his side’s tournament goals with three, despite being used mainly as a back-up, and is 19/10 to score anytime.
The sides last met in November, with Peru running out 2-1 winners in a match that finished with three sending-offs. Peru ran out victors despite having just nine men and there could be another fiery encounter this weekend and odds of 43/20 are available for either team to see red.