Kick-off: 0100, 22/06/2021
Stadium: Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha
TV: BBC Digital
Argentina and Paraguay have both made a good start to their Copa America Group A campaigns and have a recent history of close encounters.
November’s draw in a Buenos Aires World Cup qualifier followed a stalemate in this tournament two years ago.
In qualifying for Russia 2018, Paraguay prevailed 1-0 away after a goalless draw on home turf, so this match-up should hold no fears for La Albirroja.
We reckon 11/4 for them to share the spoils again in Brasilia is a value pick for our first Argentina vs Paraguay prediction.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Argentina began this event with a 1-1 draw against Chile and then edged out Uruguay 1-0 thanks to a 13th-minute goal from Guido Rodriguez.
Lionel Messi had netted in their opening game and provided the cross which led to that early decider.
The action flowed from end to end in that contest but other chances were few and far between.
“We deserved to win,” commented midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. “We tried to be more compact, to make it more difficult to score against us.”
La Albiceleste are unbeaten in 15 matches since losing in the 2019 Copa America semi-finals.
However, four of their last six outings have ended in draws, three of which finished 1-1.
Looking at the Argentina vs Paraguay odds, it is 13/2 for that scoreline to come up again.
A Look At Paraguay’s Betting Odds
Paraguay have only played once so far but that was a very encouraging 3-1 victory over Bolivia.
La Albirroja went behind early on but the dismissal of Jaume Cuellar near half-time proved a turning point.
Argentina-born Kaku levelled with a low volley just after the hour mark before an Angel Romero double.
Paraguay failed to win a game at the last couple of Copa Americas but they still reached the quarter-finals two years ago and only went out on penalties to Brazil.
In qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup, Eduardo Berizzo’s side have drawn four of six matches, with the only loss coming to the Selecao.
Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron and Fabian Balbuena are familiar faces in a progressive squad.
Romero, who has done well with Corinthians in Brazil and San Lorenzo in Argentina, has been their star of late, though.
He has scored six of La Albirroja’s last nine goals and 4/1 for him to net again here completes our Argentina vs Paraguay betting tips.
ARGENTINA 1-0 Uruguay – Guido Rodriguez
PARAGUAY 3-1 Bolivia – Kaku, Angel Romero (2)
Head-to-head: Argentina 1-1 Paraguay, Argentina 1-1 Paraguay, Argentina 0-1 Paraguay, Paraguay 0-0 Argentina
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