Argentina vs. Paraguay Betting Tips, Prediction & Odds

Argentina vs. Paraguay Betting Tips, Prediction & Odds

Round 2 of the 2019 Copa America Group B will continue with the must-win game for Argentina as they face Paraguay.

Argentina vs. Paraguay

  • Copa America
  • Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Thursday 20 June
  • 01:30 UK Time

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Once again, Argentina experienced a disappointing start at a big tournament as they lost the opening match to Colombia and now they will be desperate to make amends in a tilt with Paraguay. Los Guaraníes, on the other hand, had a comfortable 2-0 lead against debutants Qatar but relaxed and allowed the Asians to get back into the game with two quick goals. Paraguay is in a slightly better position after that points but they could face elimination with a defeat here.

Argentina Team News and Latest Form

Following a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their Copa America opener, Argentina have now lost three successive games against fellow CONMEBOL opposition since October 2018. All three have seen Argentina lose one half to nil while drawing the other, with at least one goal either way beyond the hour mark.

La Albiceleste didn’t even attempt a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes against Colombia and although they improved in that regard in the second half and had six shots on target, none of them went in.

Argentina last played an uninterrupted run of (four) competitive games against fellow South Americans in Sept/Oct 2017. The return had plenty of room for improvement (W1, D3) with two of the draws being goalless. The other two matches saw Argentina concede first, and do so inside the opening 15 minutes of either half.

Each of Argentina’s last five Copa America victories over opposition currently outside the FIFA top-20 have yielded a winning margin of 3+ goals.

Paraguay Team News and Latest Form

paraguayAfter a 2-2 draw against Qatar in their own opener, Paraguay have now won just one of their last nine matches (W1, D3, L5). Four of the defeats saw Paraguay lose one half to nil, and their competitive record against other CONMEBOL nations paints a mixed picture.

Oscar Cardozo got Los Guaraníes an early lead from the penalty spot in the 4th minute before Derlis Gonzalez doubled it early in the second half. However, it seemed that the Paraguayans wrote off Qatar pretty early and that came back to haunt them as the Maroons grabbed two quick goals in space of nine minutes to make it 2-2.

A run of four consecutive 2018 World Cup qualification matches against sides in FIFA’s current top-20 (Mar-Oct 2017) returned a Paraguayan record of W2, L2. Each match saw one team score 2+ consecutive match goals in the second half, with two of the last three saw an own goal either way. Four of Paraguay’s last six WCQ matches separated the teams by just one goal.

Argentina vs. Paraguay Head to Head

These rivals have met 43 times since 1921 and the current record is W26, D14, L3 in Argentina’s favour. Still, Paraguay is without a loss to La Albiceleste in the last two encounters and they actually won the latest tilt, 1-0. Three of the last four competitive H2H meetings have seen at least one team fail to score before half-time.

Argentina vs. Paraguay Betting Tip

Lionel Scaloni’s side is a big favourite at 4/9, which are not quite attractive odds but considering Argentina’s leaky defence and the fact they will have to attack from the start is a chance for Paraguay to find the back of the net.

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In the previous four occasions when Argentina beat Paraguay, they did it with at least one goal conceded, so out betting tip for this clash is Argentina to win and both teams to score at 5/2 with 888Sport.

 


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