Chile vs Paraguay
Copa America 2021
Date Friday, 25 June 2021
Kick-off at 1:00 UK/ 2:00 CET
Venue: Estádio Nacional de Brasília (Brasília).
Chile lock horns with Paraguay in their final group game, both teams looking for a win with second spot a realistic achievable target.
This will be Chile’s final group game, they picked up a win and drew the other two from three games played so far and sit at 2nd in the standings with 5 points.
The La Roja drew both Argentina and Uruguay on the same 1-1 scoreline, while edge past Bolivia 1-0.
Paraguay on the other hand, won and drew 1 each from the two games so far and three points in the bag place them at third on the standings. The win came in a convincing fashion against Bolivia (3-1), while they were sent to the backfoot in the narrow 1-0 loss to Argentina.
The Guaranies can go second in the table if they win here. Meantime, a draw here gives them a chance to achieve the same with a win in their final group game versus Uruguay.
The 1-1 draw against Uruguay is Chile’s fourth draw with the same scoreline inside 5 games.
Despite scoring in 10 consecutive games across all competitions, they scored more than 1 goal in a match on 3 occasions.
During this period, wins were hard to come by for this team in Roja, only 3 with 5 games ending in stalemates alongside 2 losses.
Paraguay have been inconsistent, but they lost just 2 of their last 8, while picking 2 wins and 4 draws. The defeats came against Argentina few days before and then to Brazil early this June. They failed to score in those defeats and then only one other game with blanks, a goal-less draw to Uruguay.
Chile vs Paraguay Head-to-head
Paraguay have won the last two h2h meetings with Chile, the latest a 3-0 drubbing in Chile in the World Cup qualifying fixture of September 2017.
Only 1 of their last 13 head-to-head clashes across all competitions ended in a draw.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of their last 5 meetings with both teams scoring on 4 occasions.
The teams are meeting in Copa for the first time in 17 years, the previous during the 2004 edition a game that saw late goals in a 1-1 draw.
Chile vs Paraguay Prediction
Despite some improvements in overall performances, Chile is still finding it hard to finish off matches and this is explained by the 5 draws from 10 matches. However, they remain as one of the toughest team to beat in South America, Argentina and Uruguay knew this very well.
Paraguay are the dark horses in the competition, though they failed to raise their game after impressing against Bolivia. They will have another shot to bag a surprise result on Thursday.
In general, the matches between Chile and Paraguay never fail to entertain and we can see this from the high scoring games in the last 15 years. We are seeing a trend of poor finishing from every team at the competition, yet back goals here, it is a chance we take knowing the risk.
Eduardo Vargas is in fire scoring form and netted 2 in 3 games. He is Chile’s key goal-getter in the absence of injured Alexis Sanchez and my top candidate to score anytime in this game.
Recommended Betting Tips for Chile vs Paraguay
|Over 2.5 goals||2.50|
|Both teams to Score||2.20|
|Eduardo Vargas to score anytime||2.20|