Paraguay vs Uruguay Predictions and Betting Tips
The General Pablo Rojas Stadium is the stage for this highly-anticipated encounter in the South American World Cup Qualifiers as Paraguay and Uruguay lock horns this Thursday.
A Edison Cavani strike in the first half was what separated both sides when they went against each other in the Copa America last year. This means that Uruguay haven't lost a game to Paraguay since 2007- a run that has spanned across nine matches.
Massive six-pointer on the cards
Although Paraguay did pick up a point against Colombia last time out, they're still in search of their first win in five games in the South American World Cup Qualifiers. This poor run of results has them as low as 9th position with four points being the difference between them and Colombia as well as Peru who are in 4th and 5th position respectively. Head coach Guillermo Schelotto is still in search of his first win as Uruguay boss, recording a dismal return of three losses and two draws since his appointment. How would they fair against a Uruguay side also looking to arrest a poor run of form ?
We've seen the Uruguayans qualify for the last three World Cup finals, however, they could well fail to secure a spot in this time around with the Sky Blues currently in 7th on the standings. Just one point separates them from an automatic playoff spot, however, their form is what is of utmost concern with the side recording losses in all of their last four qualifiers matches. Perhaps we could say that they've had a tough run given that they had to play Argentina twice and Brazil once, they were hammered by an inferior Bolivia side in their most recent game 3-0, completing the quartet of losses. The Sky Blues would be led into this game by former Inter Miami boss Diego Alonso and given that they would be facing Venezuela after Paraguay this Thursday- two teams below them on the standings-, this does represent a huge opportunity for them to get back to form.
Paraguay vs Uruguay Team News
Paraguay possible starting XI:
Silva; Escobar, Gomez, Balbuena, Alonso; Morel; M. Rojas, Villasanti, Almiron, Samudio; Sanabria
Uruguay possible starting XI:
Campana; Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Vina; Vecino, Valverde, Bentancur; Nunez, Suarez, Cavani
Paraguay vs Uruguay Prediction: 0-2
Thus Thursday's encounter in Paraguay would sure be a closely-contested affair with both sides heading into this game looking to get back go winning ways. Uruguay, however, have a lot more to offer going forward with their fearsome duo of Cavani and Suarez set to play this Thursday and we're backing them to secure all three points.