Paraguay vs Chile
South America – 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Date: Friday; 2-September-2016
Kick-off: 01:00 UK
Venue: Estadio Defensores del Chaco (Asuncion).
Paraguay and Chile seek for momentum when they meet in the seventh round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture at Asuncion on Thursday, 1st of September.
Paraguay despite their recent woes are staying put in the South American World Cup qualifiers at 7th in the standings with 9 points after 6 matches. They suffered only one defeat during the qualifying phase, while they won and drawn 2 each.
The Los Guaranies had a terrible campaign at the Copa America Centenario in the United States as they crashed out after the group stages. They managed just 1 goal from their three matches during the period.
Chile are fast growing into a ‘Latin American Powerhouse’ after winning the Copa America tournament for the second time in a row. Juan Antonio Pizzi seems to have steadied the ship after the unexpected resignation of Jorge Sampaoli. This was evident in the way they progressed through the summer tournament in USA.
The La Roja are currently fourth in the World Cup qualification table at a 3 point distance from league leaders Uruguay. However, the 7th placed Paraguay are just at a point gap. Chile have already lost twice during the qualification phase and desperately need points here to stay inside the top five.
Paraguay vs Chile: Head-to-Head
- Chile were victorious in both World Cup Qualification fixtures for 2014 edition; 2-0 at home and 2-1 at Paraguay.
- Chile have also win in the last three qualification fixtures against Paraguay, while they lost in each of the previous three fixtures.
- Their latest meeting was in a friendly on September 2015, which ended in a 3-2 win for Chile.
Paraguay vs Chile: Prediction
Chile returned with wins in their last three visits to Paraguay and also boast of a good away record in the qualifiers. They are also unbeaten in four of the five away games and scored 13 goals during the period.
Paraguay are an inconsistent side at international stage and remain with two wins from their last 9 qualifying matches. Their two wins this term have come against Bolivia and Venezuela, who are bottom of the table. Despite being the home side, they could fall to a defeat against an attacking minded Chile here.
Paraguay vs Chile: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05).
Chile to win at 11/8 (2.37).