Paraguay lost their last competitive match against Brazil 0-2. Neymar put Selecao ahead in the fourth minute before helping Lucas Paqueta in overtime to help Brazil win the World Cup qualifier.
Paraguay reached the quarterfinals of the competition last time, and Eduardo Berizzo’s team will look like they are mimicking or better than this time.
They drew three consecutive games before the defeat against the hosts of the Copa America, but two of them promised appearances against Argentina and Uruguay.
Bolivia entered the game at the end of the 1-1 draw with Chile. Erick Pulgar opened the scoring in the 69th minute, but Marcelo Martins Moreno converted a shot from the game 13 minutes later to help Bolivia draw.
Paraguay vs Bolivia, mutual duels
Paraguay and Bolivia played 15 games against each other. Paraguay won six games compared to four in Bolivia, while five games ended in a stalemate.
The two South American sides last met in November 2020. They played a fun 2-2 draw, with Angel and Alejandro Romero scoring for the hosts. Marcelo Martins Moreno and Boris Cespedes scored a goal for Bolivia as the match ended in a draw.
A guide to the Paraguayan pattern: WDDDL
Bolivia Form Guide: DLLWD
Paraguay vs Bolivia Team News
Paraguay has no concerns about injuries due to entering this conflict.
Their defense will be marched by West Ham central defender Fabian Balbuena. Meanwhile, Newcastle United striker Miguel Almiron should lead the attack along with Angel Romero.
Cesar Farias is facing a last-minute COVID crisis in the team. Three Bolivian players and a member of the team’s technical staff tested positive for COVID-19. They were all in isolation, but their identities were not made public.
Bolivia’s hopes of winning this match will rest on the capable shoulders of striker Marcel Moreno, who has scored six goals in his last six appearances.
Suspicious / COVID: Three unnamed players
Paraguay vs Bolivia Anticipated XI
Paraguay predicts XI (4-4-2): Anthony Silva; Robert Rojas, Fabian Balbuena, Gustavo Gomez, Junior Alonso; Gaston Gimenez, Cardozo Lucena, Richard Sanchez, Oscar Romero; Angel Romero, Miguel Almirón
Predicted XI Bolivia (4-5-1): Carlos Lampe; Diego Bejarano, Luis Haquin, Adrian Jusino, José Sagredo; Henry Vaca, Leonel Justiniano, Danny Beranjano, Boris Cespedes, Rodrigo Ramallo; Marcelo Martins
Note: This Bolivian lineup is an ideal XI that could start against Paraguay. However, some of these players may have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be available for this schedule.
Paraguay vs Bolivia Prediction
Both teams are likely to have a cautious approach, wary of losing the opening game and dropping points. The defensive approach of the teams could result in creating little chance.
With this in mind, we predict a goalless draw.
Prediction: Paraguay 0-0 Bolivia
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