Argentina’s campaign in Copa America has been fine so far though not as impressive as the host and their archrival, Brasil. In the next fixture, Lionel Messi and Co would be facing off Paraguay, one potential dark horse in the tournament. Eduardo Berizzo’s men has been well known for their solid defence. It will definitely be another tight affair as both shared spoils in their last meeting on matchday three of World Cup qualifiers.
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Albicelete managed to snatch a narrow win over Uruguay in their last outing. They had to rely on Messi again to score. Yet, this time, it was not from his goal but assist for Guido Rodriguez who headed the ball to the far post. Argentina should have been able to extend their lead, unfortunately, a number of chances from Messi, Nehuel Molina and Lautaro Martinez could not be capitalised into another goal.
Paraguay began their campaign well after dismantling Bolivia 3-1 at the opener. They made a superb comeback through Alejandro Romero’s goal plus Angel Romero’s brace after conceding from Erwin Saavedra’s penalty before the interval.
Lionel Scaloni is expected to carry on deploying 4-3-3 but with the possible transition to 4-3-2-1. Messi’s partner upfront shall be changed after the disappointing form of Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa in the previous games. Atletico Madrid man, Angel Correa should get a nod here as he has the physical prowess and could offer more intensity plus the ability to play outwide. Another one who could feature as the poacher is Lucas Alario.
The Argentina-born Eduardo Berizzo might opt for 3-5-1-1 formation. Fabian Balbuena, Gustavo Gomez and Omar Aldrete are still featuring on the backline while Newcastle United man Miguel Almiron shall be the anchorman alongside Alejandro Romero in the midfield to support Angel Romero as the main frontman.
Players to watch
Messi is still indispensable figure so far. The skipper has contributed one goal and one assist in the tournament. Some other key men to watch are Rodrigo de Paul who also excels at free kick, the centre back Christian Romero and the goalie Emiliano Martinez.
San Lorenzo forward, Angel Romero, is still the main scorer who has notched up four goals in the qualifiers plus two goals in the tournament. Some other key men to watch are the versatile midfielder, Miguel Almiron, the Newcastle man scoring two goals in thirty appearances, and the attacking midfielder Oscar Romero who also plays for San Lorenzo.
Argentina vs Paraguay Prediction
Lionel Scaloni’s side are expected to continue their positive result here as well as boost their confidence for their campaign. If Argentina could keep their intensity plus improve their clinical finish in the six-yard box, Paraguay will be in difficulty. A narrow win for Albiceleste eventually is still more likely.
Argentina remains the clear favourite here with the win market at 1/45, while the value for a draw is at 4.20, whereas Miguel Almiro and Co’s odds to win are only at 8.50.