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Argentina vs Paraguay: World Cup Qualification Preview

Argentina, currently second in the league, is on a winning streak, securing six consecutive victories with an aggregate score of 17-0. Their impressive form includes comfortable friendly wins against Panama, Curacao, Australia, and Indonesia, along with two World Cup qualifiers victories. Ranked first in FIFA’s world rankings, Argentina is confident in their 12-match winning streak at home.

However, their upcoming match against Paraguay won’t be easy. Argentina has won just one of their last six encounters with Paraguay, including a recent goalless draw in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Paraguay, ranked 52nd in FIFA’s world rankings, has struggled, winning only one of their last seven games. They’ve appointed Argentine Daniel Garnero as their new head coach, aiming to implement an attack-minded philosophy. Despite their struggles, they’ll face a tough task against world champions, Argentina.

Team News:

Argentina’s Paulo Dybala and Juan Foyth are sidelined due to injuries. On the positive side, Lionel Messi is back in contention, potentially alongside Julian Alvarez and Nicolas Gonzalez in the forward line. Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi are expected in central defence, while Fernandez, Mac Allister, and De Paul form a solid midfield.

Paraguay’s midfield trio is sidelined, potentially giving Richard Sanchez and Alejandro Romero a chance to start alongside Mathias Villasanti. Miguel Almiron is expected to lead the front three.

Argentina’s Last 5 Matches Form: WWWWW

Paraguay’s Last 5 Matches Form: LDLLD


Argentina has historically dominated Paraguay, winning 59 out of 110 encounters. However, their recent record against Paraguay has been less favourable, with just one win in the last six matches.


Argentina, with its formidable squad, is a favourite, though uncertainty surrounds Messi’s availability. Paraguay, historically a challenging opponent, has the potential to deliver a strong performance. On paper, Argentina has the superior roster, but Paraguay can be a formidable adversary. Our best bet: Argentina to win or draw.

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