Paraguay vs Argentina by Peter

Paraguay
VS
Argentina
It's the second round in the South America qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 2018. Paraguay receives the visit of Argentina.

 

In the first round Paraguay managed to win with 1-0 in Venezuela, the match was pretty equilibrated but Paraguay managed to score and won.

 

Argentina made a big surprise in the first round, they lost at home with 2-0 against Ecuador, Argentina clearly dominated the match but Ecuador managed to score in the 81 minute after a corner, after that, a minute later, Argentina started from the middle and attacked with all players and Ecuador managed to score from a counter-attack.

 

This year there were 2 matches between Paraguay and Argentina, both at Copa America, first one in the group stage, Argentina had 2-0 but Paraguay managed to make 2-2 and that was the final score, the second one was in semifinals and Argentina managed to win with 6-1 after 2-1 at halftime.

 

Even if Argentina lost at home against Ecuador, they didn't had luck, they had a lot of scoring opportunities but didn't managed to score.

 

Argentina has some absences like Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero, both injuried, also Gonzalo Higuain wasn't called up for this game because Argentina coach, Gerardo "Tata" Martino prefered Paulo Dybala from Juventus FC.

 

Even if Argentina has some absences, they can't afford bad steps, this qualifiers will be very tought because teams has grown in value and experience.

 

In the last qualifiers Argentina won both matches against Paraguay, 3-1 at home and 5-2 in Paraguay.

 

Even if Argentina has important absences they also have a lot of players that can make the difference, players like Ángel Di María, Paulo Dybala, Javier Pastore, Nicolás Gaitán or Carlos Tévez.

 

Because Argentina lost in the first round and because they have a lot of absences the bookies gives them a very big odd, in my opinion Argentina will win this game.

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Comments (4)
Skabadoo
Like they did against ecuador? Tevez didn't bring any difference. I doubt this bet. To be more save DNB.
10/13/2015 - 01:59
Peter
If they don't win in Paraguay they will have very tough qualifiers, there are 18 matches in this qualifiers and the next match is on 14 November at home against Brazil, Messi and Agüero will also miss that match, so if they won't win with Paraguay they also won't win with Brazil... There are a lot of good teams in this qualifiers and only 4 teams go directly and one will play a playoff.

Also, in the last qualifiers Argentina managed to win both matches against Paraguay and Paraguay finished on the last place, so they can do it even if Messi and Agüero are missing...
10/13/2015 - 02:55
Skabadoo
I agree with you peter, argentina will be the favorite but I wouldnt exclude a draw since they are missing scoring power now. So to be more save I will take DNB, argentina could win this.
10/13/2015 - 17:43
Poison
In my opinion best bet here is 0-0 draw in the first half @2.8
GL
10/13/2015 - 18:47
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