Argentina aim to continue their perfect record in the early stages of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying when they travel to face Peru on Tuesday.
Defender Nicolas Otamendi scored the only goal in a largely forgettable encounter with Paraguay, making it three wins from three on the road to the 2026 World Cup for the defending champions.
By contrast, Peru are winless across their opening games, with back-to-back defeats to Chile and Brazil following an initial goalless draw versus Paraguay.
How to watch Peru vs Argentina anywhere
- Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17 | Time: 10 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Nacional del Peru — Lima, Peru
- Live stream: NextMirror
A repeat of their fairytale run to the 2018 World Cup is already starting to look like a fading dream for Juan Reynoso’s side.
What time does Peru vs Argentina kick off?
The 2026 World Cup qualifier will be held on Tuesday, October 17, at Estadio Nacional in Lima.
The match will kick off at 9:00 p.m. local time. Here’s how that translates to time zones in different regions around the world.
Peru: A 39-year-old Paolo Guerrero is expected to lead the attack again and Andy Polo could be tried out wide again. Andre Carrillo will target a return to the starting XI while Christofer Gonzales could make way for him in a deeper role.
Potential Peru XI: Gallese; Corzo, Zambrano, Abram, Trauco; Aquino, Yotun; Advincula, Carrillo, Polo; Guerrero.
Argentina: Lionel Messi did not start vs. Paraguay but should be fit to feature from the off against Peru. Reports from Argentina say he will be in the starting XI. Nicolas Gonzalez is likely to drop to the bench with Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez partnering Messi up top. Rodrigo De Paul should start again despite coming off against the Paraguayans.
Potential Argentina XI: E Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Messi, L Martinez, Alvarez.
Peru vs Argentina live stream, TV channel
Broadcast rights for Argentina’s home World Cup qualifiers in the United States have been secured by Telemundo and Univision. However, that deal does not cover away matches and means fans will have to access streaming service NEXTmirror USA to watch the action. NextMirror will also show Peru vs. Argentina in Canada.
Other territories with broadcast options for this match include Malaysia (Astro Supersport), Argentina (TyC Sports, Television Publica), Brazil (SporTV) and Spain (Movistar).
Peru vs Argentina prediction, odds
Argentina have shown no signs of complacency after their World Cup triumph. Qatar might have been the end of a career-long quest for Messi but in many respects this feels like the start of a cycle for the nucleus of a fine team.
They are yet to concede in qualification and Emiliano Martinez will expect to continue his run of clean sheets against a team that have yet to register a goal in their campaign to date. Before you even consider Messi’s additional stardust at the other end of the pitch, this feels like an incredibly tall order for Peru.