The Paraguayan national team has been unable to beat the Uruguayans in seven consecutive head-to-head encounters. Will Eduardo Berizzo’s men be able to break their losing streak by picking up three points in the upcoming encounter? We predict that the Sky Blue will be close to success again.
Uruguay’s current form
Uruguay are a regular at the World Cups, so any failure to qualify is a major setback. It all started with a 2-1 victory over Chile, with Maxi Gomez scoring the winning goal in the 93rd minute. However, they lost the next game 2-4 to Ecuador. The Uruguayans also beat Colombia 3-0 in their November encounters, before suffering a 0-2 setback against Brazil. The Sky Blue are now just fifth in the table.
Paraguay’s current form
The Paraguayan squad, on the other hand, failed in their last two World Cup qualifying games, but they are still trying to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Eduardo Berizzo’s side has not suffered a single defeat in their opening four games, which is not a bad thing, but they have few victories either. It all started with a 2-2 draw against Peru, followed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Venezuela and then, in November, the White and Red drew 1-1 and 2-2 with Argentina and Bolivia respectively. As a result, Paraguay are now fourth in the table, with a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup.
Expert Betting Tips
Uruguay are the clear favourites for the upcoming battle. They can finally put together a near-optimal squad, which makes them one of the strongest teams in South America in general. In the home game against a modest Paraguay, they must calmly pick up three points. Yes, the White and Red have not yet lost a World Cup 2022 qualifier, but they were far from the strongest of opponents there either. Moreover, in their last two head-to-head encounters, the Sky Blue won with a combined score of 6-1, so we suggest betting on Uruguay to win with a handicap (-1) for 2.40.
The Uruguayan squad has been very good offensively in their first four games in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, scoring seven goals (1.75 goals per game average), but they should do even better now. The fact is that Edison Cavani was not at his best at the end of last year, and Luis Suárez looked a little more fit on the outside. A lot has changed since then, with the United forward becoming the team’s top scorer at the end of the league season and the Atletico striker leading his side to the La Liga title. With such a couple of forwards the best option for the prediction seems to be Uruguay’ Individual Total Over 1.5 goals with the odds close to 2.08.
Luis Suarez was far from his best form in the autumn and was not in the best mood after leaving Barcelona but even in this condition, he scored four goals in four matches for the national team, which makes him the top scorer in the qualifying tournament for the World Cup-2022. Moreover, for Atletico last season he scored 21 goals in 32 games, which is a very strong indicator that confirms his excellent form, so it is worth looking at a bet on Luis Suarez’s goal with odds of about 3.50.