Betting tips – Argentina vs Paraguay – Copa America
Will Messi shine at this Copa America?
The duel between Argentina and Paraguay from Group B will take place at 22:30.
Argentina is seen as the main favorite as far as winning Copa America is concerned. The group derby against Uruguay will be played on Tuesday night, while their other remaining opponent is going to be Jamaica. In 2011, when the last Copa America was held, Argentina was knocked out of the competition by Uruguay after penalty kicks in the quarter finals stage. As we’re mentioning the last tournament, we should state the fact that back then, the “Pumas” only managed to get a draw against Bolivia in the first match. One thing we must bear in mind is that Argentina however managed to get into the World Cup of 2014 final and it’s by far one of the greatest forces of this tournament. Ever since the end of the WC, they have disputed 8 friendly matches, out of which they succeeded in winning 6 and lost only 2 of them. One interesting thing is that Argentina’s head coach is Gerardo Martino, Barcelona’s ex-coach, who also trained Paraguay between 2006-2011.
The last time Argentina won the trophy was in 1993 so they’ll definitely looking to take it back home this year. Therefore, the selection that Gerardo Martino made includes the best available players, not convocating players like Fernandez, Campagnaro, Basant, Perez, Gaitan, Rodriguez or Palacio.
Argentina probable line-up (4-3-3): Romero – Zabaleta/Roncaglia, Otamendi, Garay, Rojo – Banega, Mascherano, Pastore – Messi, Aguero, di Maria
Paraguay was also one of Uruguay’s victims in the last Copa America, but they however only lost in the finals by the score of 0-3. From March 2014 up until now, Paraguay played 11 friendly matches, out of which they only managed to win 2. During this period, the most important result was registered against France, where they got a draw. In the qualifications for the 2014 World Cup in the South American Group, Paraguay finished on the last spot, the 10th in the group. Ramon Diaz was afterwards, at the end of last year, brought on the Paraguayan bench. He has declared that the atmosphere at before this game against Argentina is great inside the locker room of his team.
Riveros, Estigarribia and Cardozo are all not available in the game against Argentina.
Paraguay probable line-up (4-2-3-1): Villar – M.Caceres, Aguillar, da Silva, Samudio – Ortigoza, V.Caceres-Gonzalez/Ortiz, Martinez/Benitez, Valdez – Santa Cruz
In the 2014 World Cup Qualifications, Argentina disposed 3-1 of Paraguay at home and then cam the 5-2 win away against this same side. Messi scored 3 out of the 8 “Pumas” goals during the legs against Paraguay, two of them coming from penalty kicks. The last time Paraguay defeated Argentina was in 2009. The central referee for the Argentina vs Paraguay game will be Wilmar Roldan, who refereed Argentina twice during the WC Qualifications and Paraguay just once. In those games, Argentina defeated Chile by 4-1 and drew against Peru, while Paraguay registered a draw in Uruguay.
We can not know whether Messi is going to be playing at full capacity starting from the group stage, as he didn’t do in the World Cup either in 2014. With an atacking trio such as the one they have, it is almost impossible for the “Pumas” not to create many chances at goal. We believe that Aguero will be the one who is going to seal the faith of the Argentina vs Paraguay game and we recommend him as a scorer for our free betting tip.
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