Messi and his Argentine teammates have failed to win Paraguay for 3 consecutive games.
Argentina aims to win the first three matches in the South American World Cup qualifiers when they have a display to welcome visitors from Paraguay. Compared to the first 2 matches, this will be the most significant challenge from the beginning of the campaign for Lionel Messi and his teammates.
Argentina did not have easy victories in the first two games, they relied on a Lionel Messi penalty to overcome Ecuador and were led in Bolivia before going upstream thanks to Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa. Currently, Argentina and Brazil are the two teams that have won the first 2 matches, Argentina is temporarily below due to poor difference.
Paraguay has not attended the World Cup since reaching the quarter-finals in 2010 but they are now quite determined to aim for a ticket to Qatar. Under the leadership of former Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo, Paraguay is in the top 4 of the team to win a straight ticket after drawing Peru 2-2 and beat Venezuela thanks to the goal of Gaston Gimenez in the 85th minute.
Paraguay is a formidable opponent for Argentina in recent years, the last 3 matches against Argentina drew 2 lost 1, including a draw at the Copa America last year that Argentina needed Messi to score from 11m to win 1 score in the group stage. So this promises not to be an easy game for “La Albiceleste”.
Argentina will not have Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero due to injury, and Marcos Acuna and Juan Foyth are also absent in this round. However, Angel Di Maria has returned to help Messi – Ocampos – Lautaro, and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez may be awarded the main prize due to Aston Villa’s high form.
On the Paraguay side, official goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez has not recovered in time while No. 3 goalkeeper Gerardo Ortiz is certainly absent after his club discovered Covid-19 infection. Paraguay will expect quite a lot on Miguel Almiron and Fabian Balbuena, Newcastle star and West Ham defender will be in charge of Paraguay’s manual / defense.
This promises to be a close match in terms of the score over what happened last time between the two sides. Di Maria’s return promises to help Argentina win, but Paraguay can afford to score at least 1 goal.
Argentina: Martinez; Montiel, Otamendi, Martinez Quarta, Tagliafico; Paredes, De Paul, Di Maria; Messi, Martinez, Ocampos.
Paraguay: Silva; Espinola, Gomez, Alonso, Arzamendia; Gimenez, R. Rojas, Villasanti; A. Romero, Lezcano, Almiron.
Prediction: Argentina won 2-1.