Los Incas will end a 36-year absence from football’s biggest stage this summer and a FIFA ranking of 11 explains why there is a hint of optimism in the Peru World Cup 2018 odds.
The South American outfit reached the quarter-finals back in 1970, beating Bulgaria and Morocco during the pool stage, before losing 4-2 to eventual winners Brazil.
They also progressed in 1978 thanks to victories over Scotland and Iran, either side of a draw with Holland.
However, three defeats followed in the second round of group games, including an infamous 6-0 loss to Argentina when the hosts needed an emphatic triumph to advance.
Peru’s last World Cup appearance was brief, with a 5-1 drubbing by Poland ruining all the hard work done in draws against Cameroon and Italy.
They are back courtesy of beating New Zealand 2-0 on aggregate in a play-off after finishing fifth in the South American qualifying section.
A strong finish to that campaign saw Peru put together an eight-match unbeaten run in competitive fixtures, including a 2-1 win over Uruguay and draws with Argentina and Colombia.
First up in Russia will be a crucial clash with Denmark that will go a long way towards deciding the fate of any Peru World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Lokomotiv Moscow forward Jefferson Farfan will spearhead a useful attack after helping his club to win Russia’s Premier League, hitting double figures in the goals department.
The speedy 33-year-old has also enjoyed successful spells with PSV in Holland and Schalke in Germany.
Peru’s all-time leading marksman, though, is fellow veteran Paolo Guerrero, a former Bayern Munich and Hamburg recruit now playing for Flamengo in Brazil.
He hit five goals in qualifying to share top billing with winger Edison Flores, who is attached to Danish club Aalborg.
Another talented front man is Andre Carrillo, who spent last season on loan at Watford from Benfica.
Captain Alberto Rodriguez picked up plenty of experience playing in Portugal, while versatile Feyenoord youngster Renato Tapia is one for the future.
Head coach Gareca earned 20 international caps for Argentina during his playing days.
Rank (world): 11
WC appearances: 4
Best effort: Last 16 in 1970 and 1978
Road to Russia
PER 2-0 New Zealand
New Zealand 0-0 PER
PER 1-1 Colombia
Argentina 0-0 PER
Ecuador 1-2 PER
PER 2-1 Bolivia
PER 2-1 Uruguay
Venezuela 2-2 PER
Alberto Rodriguez (D)
Edison Flores (M)
Paolo Guerrero (F)
Jefferson Farfan (F)
Ricardo Gareca – ARG