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Argentina Favored to Beat Paraguay

Argentina has fulfilled sports betting predictions and leads Group A of the Copa America 2021. Nevertheless, it suffered more than expected, and the only victory was full of controversy. On the other hand, Paraguay debuted with a clear victory. Now it will try to climb to the top, all that is needed is a victory, no matter how.

One of the top scorers of the continental tournament will be on the pitch. No, it’s not Lionel Messi, his name is Angel Romero, and he plays for Paraguay. Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports, and the Copa America Odds for Argentina vs Paraguay while making some predictions.

Players try to field the ball Argentina vs Paraguay Picks
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  • Game: Argentina vs Paraguay
  • Location: Mane Garrincha Stadium, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Time: Monday, June 21, 8 p.m. ET
  • Television: beIN Sports
  • Live Stream: fuboTV

Copa America Betting Lines

Team Handicap Moneyline Over/Under Team Total
Argentina -1 -120 -205 2½ -120o 1½ -130o/Evu
Paraguay +1 -110 +650 2½ -110u ½ -120o/-110u
Draw +300

Head to Head

  • Previous Matches: 104
  • Argentina Victories: 54 (216 goals)
  • Paraguay Victories: 16 (111 goals)
  • Draws: 34

Argentina played host to Paraguay in November due to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The game ended 1-1, and yes, Angel Romero scored for Paraguay. Argentina managed to draw thanks to a header from Nicolas Gonzalez.

This will be the third straight time that Argentina and Paraguay collide in Copa America. In the 2015 edition, the first duel ended 2-2, while Argentina won the semi-finals match 6-1. In 2019, they drew again, 1-1.

Argentina won two of its last five meetings. The last time Argentina vs Paraguay finished with a goalless draw was in 2015.

Why bet on Argentina?

As we usually say, Messi should be enough reason for you to consider Argentina, but there’s more. Argentina is leading Group A with a 1-1-0 record. It drew 1-1 against Chile and defeated Uruguay 1-0.

“It was very important to win today. This will give us some peace. What’s coming will continue to be hard,” said Messi after the game against Uruguay.

He’s not wrong. Paraguay is a strong rival; Argentina will need its players to be at their best in order to win. Fortunately, the roster also includes Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria, and Sergio Aguero.

Argentina has scored at least one goal in the last eight games. Defensively, they finished with a clean sheet in three of those games.

Regarding the continental tournament, Messi already scored one goal, which takes a little pressure off his shoulders. The other Argentina’s goal was scored by Guido Rodriguez. It’s nice for Messi to know he doesn’t have to do all the scoring.

Expect some changes in their starting lineup. Head coach Lionel Scaloni wants to keep all his players in good shape. Their expected lineup to face Paraguay is Franco Armani; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso, Angel Di Maria; Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, and Lautaro Martinez.

Why Bet on Paraguay?

Paraguay debuted with a 3-1 victory over Bolivia. Paraguay and Brazil have been the only teams capable of scoring three or more goals in the same match. Angel Romero scored two of those goals, allowing him to be among the tournament’s top scorers.

They scored at least one goal in five of their last seven matches. They weren’t able to score against Uruguay and Brazil in their first matchup on the road to the 2022 World Cup. Defensively, they finished with a clean sheet in two of those games.

With Angel and Alejandro Romero leading their attacking efforts, Paraguay can open any defensive wall. On the other hand, the only goal they conceded in the tournament was from the penalty spot. That means they also have a solid defensive unit.

Another advantage Paraguay has over Argentina is that it is more rested. Paraguay debuted on June 14, which means it has been resting and preparing for a whole week.

Don’t expect any changes on the starting lineup. They’re expected to play with Antony Silva, Alberto Espindola, Fabian Balbuena, Gustavo Gomez, Junior Alonso, Richard Sanchez, Angel Cardozo, Gaston Gimenez, Oscar Romero, Angel Romero, and Alejandro Romero.

Final Analysis and Predictions

It’s going to be a close one. I expect a somehow boring first half, but a thrilling second one. Angel Romero is eager to prove he belongs in the big leagues. A good performance against Argentina will raise his market value considerably.

Don’t forget to check out the Soccer Props for Argentina vs Paraguay to increase your winning chances. Our 1-1 prediction is offering a +600 price, while Argentina winning 1-0 is +500. Draw-Draw regarding the half-time and full-time is +450, go with that.

Score Prediction: Argentina 1, Paraguay 1

Pick: Draw at +300

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