Argentina vs Paraguay
WC Qualification – South America
Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Kick-off at 00:00 UK/ 01:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Alberto J. Armando.
La Albiceleste have been ranked amongst the top ten teams in the world for the past several decades, and it’s almost unthinkable that they would miss out on a spot in the World Cup.
However, they let things to be decided till the very last in the previous edition of CONMEBOL qualifiers. Anything short of a victory in the 18th and very last match-day, against Ecuador, would have denied Lionel Scaloni’s men entry into the 2018 World Cup.
However, Lionel Messi delivered a virtuoso performance in the must-win game, and scored three goals in a row, after conceding an early one.
They have no intention to let anything of that sorts happen this time around, and are determined to secure as many points as they can in this early phase itself. So far they have done justice to that objective, and have maintained a 100% winning record.
This weekend they are at home, and are hosting Los Guaranies, against whom they have a terrific h2h record. The 6-1 Albiceleste victory against this rival in the Copa 2015 semi final, still remains fresh in memory.
Moreover, Eduardo Berizzo’s men have also been a disaster on the road for the last several attempts.
Likely, expect an Argentine win this Friday at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando.
Argentina vs Paraguay: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Scaloni’s men had recorded 27 of the preceding 30 overall wins.
- They had scored two or more goals in five of the former eight encounters.
- They have conceded a total of just two goals from the preceding three clashes.
- The latest match-up saw spoils being shared with a 1-1 scoreline.
Argentina vs Paraguay: Prediction
La Albiceleste recorded a 1-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Bolivia. In the meantime, Berizzo’s men registered a 0-1 win away from home against Venezuela.
Going on, Scaloni’s men are on a nine-match unbeaten run, and had also won four of the past five fixtures. In fact, their last loss had come 14 months back, against Brazil.
At home, they had won four of the preceding five appearances, and had scored a total of 15 goals from the past five such games. On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in 16 of their last 20 overall matches, and remained so in 12 of their former 15 road trips.
Furthermore, La Albiceleste also have lost just thrice over the past 100 years against this opponent, and even had recorded a 6-1 win in the 2015 Copa America semi finals.
As such, expect another convincing Argentine win this game week.
Argentina vs Paraguay: Betting Tips
Argentina -1 Asian Handicap @ 1.60 (3/5).