South American qualifiers for the World Cup continue this week, as Argentina aims to close the gap with Brazil at the top of the standings. Meanwhile, Paraguay will desperately need the win to reach the qualifying spots in the standings.
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Argentina already appears to be in a strong position to reach Qatar’s World Cup halfway through the stage next year, but they will be happy to lose the momentum they have built so far. It seems unlikely they will be able to top the standings as they are already six points behind Brazil, having drawn three of their eight games.
However, they certainly seem to be in a strong position in this latest match as they have won both of their last two matches. During this run, Argentina has scored six times and conceded only once. They were very impressive in their last international appearance, beating Bolivia 3-0. Lionel Messi was in inspiring form in that match, as he scored a stunning hat-trick.
Paraguay has a lot of work to do if they want to reach the World Cup final next year. They have won just twice in the nine games they have played so far and already have two defeats to their name. They are currently two points away from qualifying places, with Ecuador in fourth and last place.
Paraguay’s form in the last international game was a sign of their troubles, as they won just once in the three games they played. During that run, they were defeated by Ecuador and held by Colombia. In any case, they closed the international break of September with a 2-1 victory over Venezuela.
Paraguay vs Argentina Head to Head
Argentina has been battling Paraguay in recent meetings. Their 1-0 victory over their rivals in the Copa America in the summer ended a run of four games without a win. Three of the previous five games between these two countries have ended in a draw, while Paraguay’s only win of this run was in 2016 World Cup qualifiers.
Paraguay vs Argentina Prediction
Argentina may not have the most dominant record against Paraguay, but it looks like they are on the right track going into this game. It’s hard to see them getting the win they need to secure their second place in the standings.
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