How do Perú and Paraguay get to this game?
Perú had a historic 2018, especially after their ended their World Cup hiatus. Even after the mixed results earned in the competition, the Peruvian crew needs to improve in the next few months, mainly because their were only able to win one of their six post-WC matches. Coach Gareca needs to find a suitable replacement for Paolo Guerrero, who is still banned for substance abuse, in order to put an end to their recent woeful form.
Paraguay kept it cool during 2018, with the team playing only three games. None of them ended in a win for La Albirroja, and to make matters worse, they were forced to make a coaching change due to Juan Carlos Osorio's resignation for personal reasons. Paraguayan execs signed Eduardo Berizzo as his replacement, and this will be the Argentinean's first game at the helm.
Perú vs Paraguay - Head-to-head stats
This will be the 52nd game between Perú and Paraguay.
Paraguay has won 23 of those games, with 72 goals to their name against Perú.
Perú has beaten Paraguay in 16 of those games, scoring 58 times against Los Guaraníes.
12 games between these teams have ended in a draw.
Perú enters this game on a five-game winning streak against Paraguay, including their 2015 Copa América win that earned la Blanquirroja the third spot in the competition.
Paraguay has not been able to beat Perú since November, 2014.
Perú vs Paraguay - Pre-match talk
Coach Ricardo Gareca trusts that his team, despite the absence of their all-time top scorer, Paolo Guerrero, will take the win home. According to the Blanquirroja coach, his team has an advantage over Berizzo's side, especially since he recently joined the Paraguayan side.
"Our players know each other's moves. We will get to the game against Paraguay in great shape."
Perú vs Paraguay on social media
These South American sides don't want things to get too intense away from the pitch, and the casual encounter between the team's Argentine coaches, Eduardo Berizzo and Ricardo Gareca, gives us a hint on how things need to develop among their passionate fans.
"Ricardo Gareca and Eduardo Berizzo (coaches for Perú and Paraguay) ran into each other while in New Jersey. Thet will be rivals this Friday at Red Bull Stadium."
Broadcast info - Perú vs Paraguay
In Perú: Movistar Deportes Perú.
In Paraguay: Telefuturo.
In France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports MAX 5.
In Canada: DAZN, beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada.
Peru vs Paraguay Broadcast Information
Stadium: Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports MAX 5
Peru: Movistar Deportes Peru