Despite sitting third in the CONMEBOL World Cup 2018 qualifying standings, Uruguay will still be hoping to register another three points as they travel to take on Paraguay on Wednesday morning. However, with the home side just two points off an automatic qualifying position, both sides will be giving their all to come out on top in Asunción.
Paraguay vs Uruguay
World Cup 2018 Qualifying – Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción – Wednesday 6th September – 01:00 UK Time
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Paraguay’s home form has been one of the main reasons as to why they are still in with a chance of qualifying, with Luis Suarez and Co set to test their defence to the limit in midweek. Coming off the back of a shock win in Chile, the home side will be looking to claim second successive qualifying success.
Paraguay Team News & Form
Goals from Victor Caceres and Richard Ortiz helped Paraguay to a comprehensive victory over Chile last time around, with Francisco Arce’s men recovering well from defeat in Brazil previous to this. The home side have lost six of their 15 qualifying matches to date, with a lack of goals generally being their problem. However, with a spot in next year’s World Cup finals still very much in the offing, Paraguay will be looking to put on another show in front of their home support. The likes of Lucas Barrios, Gustavo Gomez and Oscar Romero are among the standout players for the home side, with the trio having racked up over 100 caps between them.
Uruguay Team News & Form
Seven victories to date have left Uruguay in third position in the standings, just a single point behind Colombia. With the second best goalscoring record in qualifying, the visitors will be confident of breaching the Paraguay defence, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and Cristian Rodriguez hoping to deliver when it matters the most. A goalless draw with rivals Argentina last time around was a positive result, with Uruguay having lost to Peru beforehand. Despite this, Uruguay’s only away win during qualifying dates back to the very first round of action, coming in Bolivia thanks to a 2-0 scoreline.
Head to Head
A double from Cavani helped Uruguay to a 4-0 win over Paraguay twelve months ago, with the visitors holding a better head-to-head record too over the years. The duo have met on ten occasions since 2003, with Uruguay coming out on top five times, compared to just two wins for this week’s home side.
Betting Odds and Predictions
With little separating the two teams in the betting markets surrounding the match, this could well be an encounter worth taking advantage of for punters. Uruguay are the slight favourites at the majority of platforms, with 10Bet offering the away side odds of 31/20 to claim all three points. However, for those looking to back a home success, the same bookmakers offer odds of 9/5.
The two teams are known for producing games packed full of goals, meaning that backing on there being over 2.5 goals at Ladbrokes is well worth considering, with odds of 21/20 available to customers.
Top Betting Tip
Our top betting tip for this match is to bet on the double chance market at Ladbrokes, with backing ‘Draw or Uruguay available at best odds of 4/9.