Paraguay vs Peru Match Analysis & Prediction
08/09/2023 1:30 am
Paraguay and Peru will meet in the opening round of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying at the Estadio Antonio Aranda on Friday morning.
Neither nation qualified for the Qatar World Cup despite both appearing at finals dueing the 2010s, and will look for significant improvement ahead of 2026.
After a 4-0 defeat in Bolivia Guillermo Barros Schelotto was appointed to replace Eduardo Berizzo as Paraguay head coach, but in their final six World Cup qualifiers, they blanked in five of them and took just four points.
Following the conclusion of the qualifying section and their failure to reach the finals, Paraguay hav played nine friendlies with very varied results.
1-0 victories over United Arab Emirates and Mexico have been the only high points, as they were also beaten 4-1 by Japan, as well as suffering defeat to Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Meanwhile, Peru were agonisingly close to reaching the finals in Qatar, and a win over Paraguay in the final match in the section saw them reach the inter-continental playoffs.
Those three points saw them finish one point above Colombia, who surprisingly missed out, but they would go on to lose on penalties to Australia in the playoffs.
After getting their first taste of World Cup finals action since 1982 by reaching the 2018 tournament, Peru will be determined to rectify that near miss this time around.
Paraguay vs. Peru Head to head
In the 22 previous meetings between these two teams, Paraguay have claimed six victories while Peru have won 12, and they have drawn in four. Peru have scored 33 goals and conceded 23 in the process.
09/10/2020Paraguay2Peru2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
03/07/2021Peru(P)3Paraguay3CONMEBOL Copa America
30/03/2022Peru2Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Paraguay Team News
Schelotto has made seven changes from the Paraguay squad that faced Nicaragua during the summer, but Julio Enciso remains out injured and is joined on the sidelines by fellow attacker Derlis Gonzalez.
Antony Silva – 39-years-old – may be coming to the end of his international career after he was left out of the squad.
Paraguay's Last 5 Matches
Peru Team News
Peru’s veteran goalkeeper Pedro Gallese could make his 98th and 99th caps for his country this week.
National captain Paolo Guerrero remains involved too at 39, and he will make his 110th appearance should he feature here.
Peru's Last 5 Matches
Paraguay vs. Peru: Odds and Predictions
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