Copa America / Argentina vs Paraguay – After the first round the situation in the table is unexpected for both teams; the Argentineans have no points and despite facing strong Columbia it was not expected to lose, while Paraguay had to accept draw with outsider Qatar despite having two-goal advantage at one point. All this makes this match very important for both teams that met the last time in 2016 when Paraguay won Argentina by 1-0.
Game Argentina vs. Paraguay begins 20.06.2019 at 02:30 CET
The Argentineans greatly disappointed their fans at the very beginning of the Copa America, and of course the pressure is now higher. They cannot even think about a new defeat or even a draw, although it wouldn’t completely eliminate them from the race to the knockout phase. They hoped after elimination from the World Cup’s round of 16 that they managed to consolidate the national team where return of Lionel Messi was supposed a great motivator for his teammates. The Argentineans suffered several unexpected defeats in friendly matches, like the one to Venezuela, but they won last two matches..
They deliberately chose a bit weaker rivals and they won Morocco by 1-0, while they outclassed Nicaragua by 5-1. The last match was meant to be final rehearsal for their forwards before the start of Copa America and Messi and L. Martinez had scored by two goals, where the latter was a reserve who came off the bench in the second half. Pereira scored the fifth goal, however, match against Colombia unfolded in a completely different way and the Argentineans lost by 2-0. Therefore, it is definite that the team will undergo certain changes.
Probable lineups Argentina: Armani – Saravia, Otamendi, Pezzella, Casco – Paredes, Pereyra, de Paul – Messi, Aguero, Acuna
Paraguay calculus was to win Qatar in the first round and then try to win at least a point against two favourites in te next two rounds in order to reach the knockout phase. The Paraguayans started as favourites against the Asian champions and they took an early lead thanks to Cardoz who scored from penalty. At the beginning of second half Gonzalez scored for 2-0 and it seemed that they will implement the first part of the plan without much problems. That is why they lowered their guard too early which in turn cost them dearly since they received two goals by the end of match.
Qatar was very dangerous and could have even completely turned the result up-side down, so the Paraguayans have many reasons for concern. Friendly matches played before the Copa America weren’t promising and they won only the last one, but against feeble Guatemala. Manager Berizzo, who took the helm in February, had surprised a bit with the team as he left Piris and Iturbe on the bench, where the scorer of the second goal was Gonzalez who came off the bench in the second half. Veteran Cardozo was in the top of attack, while now Gonzalez could be a starter.
Probable lineups Paraguay: G. Fernandez – B. Valdez, Balbuena, Alonso, Arzamendia – Ortiz, Rojas – Gonzalez, Almiron, Dominguez – O. Cardozo
Betting Pick: Argentina vs. Paraguay
The Argentineans disappointed in the first round but nothing is lost yet for them. They need to win now in order to return in the race for the knockout phase, although what they showed will surely not scare Paraquy, which in turn doesn’t play as it wanted, which was very visible in match with Qatar. That is why we believe in victory of Messi and his compadres.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 Argentina
Odds: 1.78 at betvictor (down to 1.68 can be played)
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