Neither Paraguay nor Bolivia are favorites to win the 2021 Copa America. Neither team is expected to win Group B, but if they want to advance into the second round, winning this match will be crucial and both have the necessary weapons to do it.
Paraguay comes in as the favorite, but Bolivia has one of the best scorers in the region right now. Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and the 2021 Copa America Odds for Paraguay vs Bolivia while making some predictions.
Game: Paraguay vs Bolivia
Location: Olimpico, Goias, Brazil
Time: Monday, June 14, 8 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
Copa America Betting Lines
|Paraguay||-1 Ev||-180||2 -145o|
|Bolivia||+1 -130||+550||2 +115u|
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 66
- Paraguay Victories: 34 (131 goals)
- Bolivia Victories: 15 (69 goals)
- Draws: 17
Paraguay and Bolivia just met on the road to the 2022 World Cup. They collided in the fourth fixture of the South American Qualifiers and tied 2-2 in a very intense game. Angel Romero and Alejandro Romero scored for Paraguay while Marcelo Moreno and Boris Cespedes scored for Bolivia.
Each won two of their last five meetings. In those five matches, Paraguay scored nine goals, while Bolivia scored seven. Each finished with a clean sheet once.
Why bet on Paraguay?
Paraguay is offering a +3500 price at the odds to win the 2021 Copa America, but they’re one of three teams that remain undefeated on the road to the 2022 World Cup. They managed to draw against powerhouses such as Argentina and Uruguay.
Precisely, Paraguay shares Group B with Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile. Romero, Romero and Alberto Espindola are playing at a great level. Angel and Alejandro scored five of Paraguay’s last six goals in official competitions, while Alberto contributed with three assists.
Defensively, veteran goalkeeper Antony Silva will be playing his last Copa America. He managed to keep his sheet clean in two games of the qualifiers, proving age (37) is just a number.
Paraguay last won the Copa America in 1979. Since then, their best result was to finish as runners-up in 2011. It’s time for them to make a real push, even more for head coach Eduardo Berizzo, who is 4-10-5 since taking over in 2019. If Paraguay doesn’t perform well in the continental tournament, he could lose his job.
Their expected lineup is Antony Silva, Alberto Espindola, Fabian Balbuena, Gustavo Gomez, Junior Alonso, Richard Sanchez, Angel Cardozo, Gaston Gimenez, Oscar Romero, Angel Romero and Antonio Sanabria.
Why Bet on Bolivia?
Bolivia is offering a +15000 price to win Copa America but having nothing to lose could make them a more dangerous team. They already managed to draw 2-2 against Paraguay on the road, and they might as well do it again.
Marcelo Martins scored five goals in Bolivia’s first five 2022 World Cup qualifiers games, including two in the 3-1 victory over Venezuela. He plays for Cruzeiro, which means he’s used to the intensity, toughness and style of soccer that is played in South America.
The members of their defensive corps know each other very well as all of them play in Bolivia’s Premier League. Carlos Lampe and Enrique Flores play for Always Ready, while Diego Bejarano and Jairo Quinteros play for Bolivar.
Head coach Cesar Farias has plenty of experience being the underdog. He did a great job with Venezuela’s national team, and he won the Bolivian title with The Strongest in 2016. They haven’t been able to win it again since.
Their expected lineup is Carlos Lampe, Diego Bejarano, Luis Haquin, Jairo Quinteros, Enrique Flores, Leonel Justiniano, Henry Vaca, Erwin Saavedra, Juan Carlos Arce, Rodrigo Ramallo and Marcelo Martins.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Beginning the tournament with a victory would be huge for both. The pressure will be on Paraguay’s shoulders but they can handle it, while Bolivia has to go all-in and play a perfect match to win.
Four of the last five games between the two went over two goals, and with Romero and Martins on the field, I expect that to happen again.
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Score Prediction: Paraguay 2, Bolivia 1