Paraguay vs Argentina by Peter
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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