Argentina vs Paraguay by Isaiah
Argentina won over Ecuador 4-0 to their last game for the World Cup qualifiers. Their excellent performance in conjunction with the victories that followed over Brazil (4-3) and Germany (3-1) in friendly matches, caused lot of excitement in their audience, something that also admitted Lionel Messi. They won consecutive games, something that was not here for long time, and they impart to the fans their vision to achieve something important.
The Argentine striker of Barcelona is not only the leader of the national team, but now he is its leader too. They will be lined up with a system that is comfortable for them, and of course Argentina cannot play like Barcelona. Lavezzi to the left, Di Maria to the right side, and Higuain in front line, will be for one more game their attacking line. Messi has already 6 goals in 5 games with Barca in these early days of the season, and of course he is the biggest fear of the opposing defense.
Right back Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is doubtful, and Campagnaro (Napoli) will take his place. In midfield, main defensive midfielder Mascherano (Barcelona) is suspended and his position will get Brana (Estudiantes). Striker Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is injured, the same with midfielder Javier Pastore (PSG).
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Paraguay lost 3-1 against Bolivia to their last game for the World Cup qualifiers, and after this game lot of changes followed to their team at all parts. Coach Francisco Arce was sacked, since he destroyed all the good work Gerardo Martino has done, who reached till the final of Copa America 2011, and was replaced by Gerardo Pelusso, an Uruguayan experienced coach with knowledge and success for the Paraguayan soccer and temperament.
Pelusso made his debut last August, to the 3-3 draw against Guatemala. At the same time he made more moves, changing lot of players to the existing roster, and calling back players forgotten by the previous coach, such as striker Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga) and Oscar Cardoso (Benfica). However, main defender Caceres (Newell's Old Boys), main midfielder Martinez (Atlante), Barreto (Palermo), Santana (Independiente) and striker Barrios (Guangzhou) are all out of the squad due to injuries.
All in all, Paraguay will need some time to establish a solid team after such big chances to their team, while Argentina is living a great period with amazing form at the moment. I do not think that Paraguay will sit back for the point, as they are already located low to the group table, and they need points, so i expect a win for Argentina to a game with lot of goals.
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