Despite being one of the 14 teams already qualified for the 2022 World Cup, Brazil always plays to win. That’s why the Verde-Amarela is still able to dominate the soccer odds against a team that can’t afford to lose.
Brazil could seal the first place of the World Cup Qualifiers with a victory. On the other hand, Paraguay needs the three points to remain in the race. Expect quite a show.
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BRAZIL VS PARAGUAY SOUTH AMERICA 2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS FIXTURE 16
Brazil Doesn’t Stop
As I mentioned before, Brazil already got its ticket for Qatar 2022. However, the Selecao wants to finish atop the standings to send a clear message. At this point, only Argentina could prevent that.
It’s inevitable that already being qualified doesn’t cause some relaxation, that’s why Brazil drew in its last two games. Most recently, they drew 1-1 to Ecuador in Quito. No, they didn’t play with an alternative squad. The starting lineup included Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, Philippe Coutinho.
Neymar wasn’t available due to injury. Anyway, Brazil controlled the game with 56% of possession and six shots on target. That’s five more than the home side. Casemiro scored six minutes into the game, while Felix Torres evened the score with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Not losing in Quito allowed Brazil to remain undefeated with an 11-3-0 record. That’s not all, we’re also talking about the top scoring team with 28 goals. Do you need more? No other team has allowed less goals than them with five.
Good thing Brazil has talent to spare because Emerson Royal won’t be available due to suspension. Veteran Dani Alves will take his place in the starting lineup. That should be enough for you to include them in your soccer picks. Hey, why not? That’s enough for them to remain among the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup.
Brazil predicted lineup: Allison Becker; Dani Alves, Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Fred, Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, Antony; Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus.
Paraguay: Go Big or Go Home
Paraguay is currently sitting in ninth place thanks to a 2-7-6 record. Forget about a direct ticket, but they still have a chance to finish fifth. That would mean a ticket for a Play-off series against a team from Asia. The winner will get a spot in the World Cup.
Last Thursday, Paraguay lost a crucial game against Uruguay despite playing at home. The match finished 1-0 thanks to a great definition from Luis Suarez only five minutes into the second half.
The bad news doesn’t end there, Paraguay also lost center back Gustavo Gomez due to a red card. Besides being a great defender, Gomez is the team’s captain. Plus, don’t expect to see Angel Romero, the team’s top scorer. He asked the coaching staff to not include him on the team due to some personal issues.
With that in mind, I think Paraguay has absolutely nothing to lose in Brazil. That could make them play more freely, even if they decided to rely on the counterattack. Manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto won it all as a player, it’s time for him to transmit that to his players.
Paraguay predicted lineup: Antony Silva, Juan Escobar, Robert Rojas, Junior Alonso, Santiago Arzamendia; Richard Sanchez, Braian Ojeda, Matias Rojas, Miguel Almiron; Carlos Espindola, Antonio Sanabria.
Brazil vs Paraguay Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 80
- Brazil Victories: 48 (175 goals)
- Paraguay Victories: 11 (67 goals)
- Draws: 21
Brazil had no trouble fulfilling its role as betting online favorites in the first leg. The Verde-Amarela went to Asuncion and won 2-0 with goals from Neymar and Lucas Paqueta. Curiously enough, Paraguay won possession. Believe me, not many teams managed to do that against Brazil.
The last time they met in Brazil, Paraguay put up a good fight. It was in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 Copa America and the game ended 0-0. Brazil won the penalty shootout 4-3.
Brazil vs Paraguay Game Information
Date: Tuesday, February 1
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Brazil vs Paraguay Live Stream: fuboTV
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Brazil vs Paraguay Prediction
Brazil won’t rest until first place is secured. Plus, head coach Tite already said they want to finish the WCQ undefeated. Paraguay will rely on the counterattack. They will put up a good fight in the first half, but it won’t be enough. Brazil’s offensive power is simply too much, even with Neymar out. That’s why my advice is to include the over in your online gambling ticket. And of course, enjoy the jogo bonito!