Argentina vs. Paraguay – Betting Tips and Copa America Preview

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  • Venue: Mineirao
  • Thursday: June 20th 01:30
  • Referee: Wilton Sampaio
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Draw 16/5
Away 13/2
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After suffering a knockout in the first round of Copa America, the Argentinian national team will try to get back on the right track against Paraguay. Messi and the crew came here to win this competition and instead, they face the eliminations right away. The situation is not excellent among Los Guaraníes also, after their draw against Qatar. Almost nobody expected to see Paraguay winless in that encounter, but it happened in the end.

Leo Messi and the boys were severely beaten against Colombia. We are not talking about the result in general, but about the mental state of the squad. After the game, almost every Argentinian player was looking shocked and disappointed. We know that this generation of Gauchos was always under a huge pressure to make something big, and a massive blow in the first round could be something which determines their further games here in Brazil. The contest against Paraguay is crucial for the Argentinians, who now have three straight defeats against teams from South America. It was also, only the second time in the previous ten matches that they haven’t scored, which is hard to believe with an attack like they have. Lionel Scaloni will have a tough time lifting the morale, but there are players whose individual quality is enormous, and who might shine this Thursday at Mineirao.

The Paraguayan national team went to Brazil to make some big surprise. Of course, by meaning that, they were planning to defeat some of their top rivals, not to be a victim. A draw against Qatar, 2-2, was unexpected, and the shock this team survived after having a two-goal advantage undoubtedly left some scars on their morale. The fans were hoping to see a victory here, second in a row after beating Guatemala in the general test before Copa America, but it turned out to be different. Right now, Paraguay has only that triumph in the last nine matches, along with five defeats and three draws. It appears that the defensive part of the team has a lot of troubles, as they lack both quality and chemistry. In the latest 15 matches, they kept clean sheets only twice.

Previous 5 Meetings
12.10.16 Argentina 0:1 Paraguay WC
14.10.15 Paraguay 0:0 Argentina WC
01.07.15 Argentina 6:1 Paraguay CA
13.06.15 Argentina 2:2 Paraguay CA
11.09.13 Paraguay 2:5 Argentina WC

Team News

Three of the Argentinian players have a yellow card from the previous match. Leandro Paredes, Renzo Saravia, and Guido Rodriguez. Regarding injuries, all the players are fit to play.

Fabian Balbuena and Hernan Perez are the only among Paraguayans with the yellow card.

Prediction

An awful state of Paraguay’s defence is something which forces us to bet on Argentina’s high efficiency. After suffering a defeat in the opening round, Messi and the boys will be looking to bounce back, and this rival suits perfect for such a plan. They don’t know to defend well, and the Argentinians will have a nice opportunity to remove the pressure of their back by scoring several goals. What we propose is Argentina over 2.5 goals in the entire match. Bet365 offers excellent odds on that, which will triple your investments, @ 2/1.

We already said a lot about Paraguay in the previous paragraph, that is about their defence. This team has modest abilities and isn’t very strong as some might believe. Only one triumph in past 9 events is a clear proof for that. Meanwhile, it is “do or die” for Scaloni’s crew, which is why we have to back them up. Having in mind the difference in quality, Argentina to win with an Asian handicap, -1.5 sounds perfect. Unibet will offer nice profits on that one, @ 13/10.

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Argentina to win with Asian handicap – 1.5

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Argentina to score over 2.5 goals

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