Paraguay vs Colombia Match Analysis & Prediction
22/11/2023 2:00 am
Colombia will be looking to continue a great start to their World Cup qualifying campaign when they travel to face Paraguay on Wednesday morning.
Nestor Lorenzo’s side will be full of confidence after condemning Brazil to a second successive defeat in qualifying for the first time ever.
After what had been a horrific ordeal for the family over the past few weeks, Luis Diaz scored twice with his father in attendance in the victory over Brazil, just a week after he was released by kidnappers.
Diaz’s goals came late on and within just four minutes of each other as Colombia completed a dramatic turnaround against Brazil.
The vistory maintains an excellent unbeaten record for Lorenzo’s side, extending it to 16 matches – 11 of which have been wins – dating back to February 2022.
Los Cafeteros sit third in the CONMEBOL section with nine points after five matches and appear on course in the early stages to return to the World Cup stage after a surprise failure to qualify for the 2022 edition.
Paraguay have only managed to defeat Colombia once on home soil in the 21st century, in a 5-0 thrashing in 2007.
However, it looks highly unlikely that there will be any repeat of that given Paraguay’s start, which has not been easy on the eye of the neutrals.
Their five qualifiers so far have produced just three goals – only managing one themselves – after another goalless draw on Friday in Chile.
The campaign also started with a goalless draw, against Peru, which in hindsight looks rather disappointing now, considering that remains their only point in the section so far.
It took four matches for their first goal and win, as the draw with Peru was followed by successive 1-0 defeats to Venezuela and Argentina, before eventually overcoming poor-travellers Bolivia at home.
Paraguay vs. Colombia Head to head
In the 20 previous meetings between these two teams, Paraguay have claimed four victories while Colombia have won 12, and they have drawn in four. Colombia have scored 24 goals and conceded 15 in the process.
06/10/2017Colombia1Paraguay2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
23/06/2019Colombia1Paraguay0CONMEBOL Copa America
06/09/2021Paraguay1Colombia1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2021Colombia0Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Paraguay Team News
Paraguay’s key man Miguel Almiron is not present after becoming the latest addition to the long list of injuries suffered by Newcastle United recently.
Roberto Rojas’ first-half red card in Chile means he will be suspended for this game, meaning another change in personnel is in the offing from manager Garnero, who made several changes to his squad.
Paraguay's Last 5 Matches
08/09/2023Paraguay0Peru0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/09/2023Venezuela1Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/10/2023Argentina1Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Paraguay1Bolivia0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2023Chile0Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Colombia Team News
Colombia are without a number of options in defence, as full-backs Santiago Arias and Frank Fabra join Stefan Medina on the sidelines.
The versatile Juan Cuadrado has also missed much of the season with Inter Milan and is absent again, along with Diego Valoyes and Mateo Cassierra in attack.
Colombia's Last 5 Matches
08/09/2023Colombia1Venezuela0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/09/2023Chile0Colombia0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
12/10/2023Colombia2Uruguay2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Ecuador0Colombia0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2023Colombia2Brazil1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Paraguay vs. Colombia: Odds and Predictions
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