Paraguay host Bolivia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Defensores del Chacoon in Asuncion on Tuesday. The home team have a great record against Bolivia and will want to continue that run.
The 2019 Copa America saw Paraguay reach the second round before a 0-0 draw and elimination on penalties against eventual winners Brazil.
Their results in friendlies after that tournament were inconsistent with two wins, two draws and two losses but they played all of those matches on the road.
Paraguay have made a good start to their World Cup qualifying campaign. They drew 2-2 at home against Peru in the opener before a 1-0 win away in Venezuela. Their last match ended a 1-1 draw away to Argentina.
Angel Romero gave Paraguay the lead from the penalty spot before Nicolas Gonzalez equalised for Argentina.
Paraguay Team News
Eduardo Berizzo has a strong squad to call upon for this game. West Ham’s Fabián Balbuena anchors their backline whilst the frontline is full of pace and energy. Newcastle’s Miguel Almirón will give width and speed to the team.
Up front, Angel Romero got a brace in the 2-2 draw against Peru and scored again against Argentina. He should carry the side’s attack from a wider role.
Derlis González remains out of favour despite having seven international goals to his name, more than any of the players selected by the coach in the current squad.
Goalkeepers: Antony Silva, Alfredo Aguilar, Miguel Martínez.
Defenders: Gustavo Gómez, Júnior Alonso, Fabián Balbuena, Blás Riveros, Santiago Arzamendia, Juan Escobar, Robert Rojas, Omar Alderete, Alberto Espínola.
Midfielders: Óscar Romero, Miguel Almirón, Rodrigo Rojas, Richard Sánchez, Matías Rojas, Mathías Villasanti, Andrés Cubas, Jorge Morel, Gastón Giménez, Ángel Cardozo.
Forwards: Hernán Pérez, Ángel Romero, Darío Lezcano, Antonio Sanabria, Raúl Bobadilla, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Braian Samudio, Sebastián Ferreira
Bolivia are struggling badly and have lost 11 of their last 12 matches with just a win against Haiti in a friendly match during that run.
Along the way, they lost all their matches in 2019 Copa America as they were beaten by eventual finalists Brazil and Peru, as well as by Venezuela.
Bolivia started their World Cup qualification games with a 5-0 loss away to Brazil and followed that up by losing 2-1 to Argentina.
In their last match, they lost 3-2 at home to Ecuador. Juan Carlos Arce gave Bolivia the lead before falling 2-1 behind. Marcelo Martins equalised but a late penalty handed the home team a 3-2 loss.
Bolivia Team News
Bolivia have all of their first choice players to call upon in this match. Up front, coach César Farías continues to leave out vastly experienced striker, Juan Carlos Arce (11 goals in 70 caps).
Striker Marcelo Martins has 20 goals in his 78 appearances for his country and will lead the line in attack after scoring against Ecuador on Thursday.
The defensive line will be anchored by 30-year-old Gabriel Valverde.
Goalkeepers: Carlos Lampe, Javier Rojas Iguaro, Jimmy Roca
Defenders: Gabriel Valverde, José Sagredo, José María Carrasco, Carlos Áñez, Leonardo Zabala, Saúl Torres, Jesús Sagredo, Guimer Justiniano, Luis Demiquel
Midfielders: Alejandro Chumacero, Diego Wayar, Christian Árabe, Boris Céspedes, Rudy Cardozo, Raúl Castro, Antonio Bustamante, Jaume Cuéllar, Erwin Junior Sánchez, Jhasmani Campos, Franz Gonzales
Forwards: Marcelo Martins, Bruno Miranda, Nelson Orozco, Carlos Saucedo, César Menacho, Fernando Saldías
Paraguay vs Bolivia Head to Head
Paraguay have a 6-4 advantage against Bolivia in their 14 meetings with 4 matches drawn.
The last encounter was in 2016 in a World Cup qualifier as Bolivia won 1-0 at home in La Paz.
Paraguay vs Bolivia Odds
Paraguay are priced at 1.28 to win with a draw paying 5.25. Bolvia are huge underdogs at 10.00.
Paraguay vs Bolivia Match Up
Paraguay are a strong home team and have a great record against a Bolivia team that is short on confidence and short on quality in attack.
Paraguay vs Bolivia Stats
- Paraguay have won 5 of their last 6 home matches against Bolivia (all competitions)
- Paraguay have scored 4 or more goals in 3 of their last 6 home matches against Bolivia (all competitions)
- Paraguay have scored two goals in their last 3 home games (all competitions)
- Bolivia have lost 11 of their last 12 matches (all competitions)
- Bolivia have won none of their last 10 away matches (all competitions)
- Bolivia have failed to score in 8 of their last 10 away matches (all competitions)
- Bolivia have conceded 3 or more goals in their last 4 away matches (all competitions)