Argentina disappointed in the opening defeat to Colombia and now they will be desperate to get back in the saddle against Paraguay. Los Guaraníes, on the other hand, dropped a 2-0 lead to debutants Qatar and even though Paraguay have a point more than Argentina, they could face elimination with a loss here.
Argentina vs. Paraguay
• Copa America
• Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
• Thursday 20 June
• 02:30 CET
Argentina Team News and Latest Form
After a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their Copa America opener, Argentina have now lost three consecutive matches against fellow CONMEBOL rivals since October 2018.
Argentina last played an uninterrupted run of four competitive matches against fellow South Americans in Sept/Oct 2017. The return had plenty of room for improvement (W1, D3) with two of the draws being scoreless. The other two games saw Argentina allow first, and do so inside the first 15 minutes of both halves.
Each of Argentina’s previous five Copa America wins over opposition currently outside the FIFA top-20 have yielded a winning margin of 3+ goals.
Paraguay Team News and Latest Form
Following a 2-2 draw with Qatar in their own opener, Paraguay have now won only one of their previous nine games (W1, D3, L5). Four of the losses saw Paraguay lose one half to nil, and their competitive record against other CONMEBOL sides paints a mixed picture.
A run of four straight 2018 World Cup qualification games against teams in FIFA’s current top-20 (Mar-Oct 2017) returned a Paraguayan record of W2, L2. Each game saw one side score 2+ straight match goals in the second 45 minutes, with two of the previous three saw an own goal either way. Four of Paraguay’s last six WCQ tilts separated the teams by just one goal.
Argentina vs. Paraguay Head to Head
These foes have met 43 times since 1921 and Argentina lead with a record of W26, D14, L3. However, Paraguay are without a defeat to La Albiceleste in the previous two meetings and they actually won the latest clash, 1-0. Three of the last four competitive H2H encounters have seen at least one team fail to score in the opening half.
Argentina vs. Paraguay Betting Tip
Lionel Scaloni’s men are big favorites at 1.44 (-225) at 4/9, which are not very attractive odds. Given Argentina’s leaky defense and the fact they will have to attack from the start is a chance for Paraguay hit the net on the counter. In the last four games when Argentina defeated Paraguay, they did it with at least one goal allowed, so go with Argentina to win and both teams to score at 3.40 (+240).