Brazil is the only team that has won all their South American 2022 World Cup Qualifiers matches, but Paraguay also remains unbeaten. Brazil could take an 11-point lead over Paraguay with a victory while Paraguay needs to go all-in to remain among the top four.
This will also be their last match prior to the 2021 Copa America, which begins on Sunday and for which Brazil will be the host. Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and the 2022 WC Qualifiers Odds for Paraguay vs Brazil while making some predictions.
Paraguay vs Brazil
Location: Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion, Paraguay
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
Copa America Betting Lines
|Paraguay||+1 -125||+575||2½ +105o||1 -105o/-125u|
|Brazil||-1 -105||-175||2½ -135u||1 -130o/-EVu|
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 79
- Paraguay Victories: 11 (36 goals)
- Brazil Victories: 47 (67 goals)
- Draws: 21
The last time the teams met was in the 2019 Copa America, and the game ended with a goalless draw. Prior to that, Brazil crushed Paraguay 3-0 in their last meeting in a World Cup Qualifiers. That was in 2017 and Neymar scored one of the goals.
Paraguay played host to Brazil for the last time on the road to the 2018 World Cup, and they drew 2-2. Overall, Brazil owns a 4-2-1 record in their last seven games against Paraguay, they finished with a clean sheet three times and failed to score only once.
Why bet on Paraguay?
Paraguay sits in fourth place of the South American 2022 World Cup Qualifiers with seven points thanks to a 1-4-0 record. That’s right, they remain unbeaten, but tying over and over won’t be enough to stay in the top four, who are the teams that get a direct ticket to the World Cup.
Last week, Paraguay drew 0-0 against Uruguay, a very offensive team similar to Brazil. They finished with four shots on goal, two more than Uruguay, proving that Paraguay is not afraid to attack, but also that their defense is very tight.
Paraguay is 0-2-0 at home, 0-2 against the spread and 2-0 over/under. Paraguay has scored six goals and allowed five, they’ve scored in all matches but one and finished with a clean sheet twice.
Individually, Angel Romero has been sensational. He’s one of the top scorers with four goals, just one less than Marcelo Martins from Bolivia. For the defense, Gustavo Gomez plays for Palmeiras in the Brazilian Serie A, which means he’s used to the intensity and rhythm of Brazilian players.
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 Brazil?
Brazil is 5-0-0 and is the top scoring team with 14 goals. It also owns the best defensive record after allowing two goals in five matches. Both goals were against Peru in a 4-2 victory.
They were able to finish with a clean sheet in all their other games, and they average 2.8 goals per game thanks to a remarkable offensive unit which includes Neymar, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Vinicius Junior and Gabriel Jesus. Neymar leads the team with four goals.
Last week, they defeated Ecuador 2-0 at home. On the road, Brazil is 2-0-0, 2-0 against the spread and 1-1 over/under.
Brazil has been involved in some controversy after CONMEBOL named the host of the 2021 Copa America. Several players are against playing the tournament, but at the moment they’re focused on beating Paraguay.
“We want to speak after the match against Paraguay because we don’t want to lose our focus. The World Cup means a lot to us. Any decision will come from all” said Casemiro, midfielder who also plays for Real Madrid.
Veteran right back Dani Alves remains questionable due to injury. Their expected lineup is Allison, Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Fabinho, Fred, Neymar, Richarlison and Roberto Firmino.
Final Analysis, Predictions
The last two times Paraguay and Brazil collided in the World Cup Qualifiers, the total went over 2½ goals. I expect that to happen again here, with both teams scoring, and Romero and Neymar each having a huge game. You can expect a close, back-and-forth match.
Don’t forget to check the Soccer Props to increase your winning chances by predicting the correct score, half time/full time winner, and more. Also, head over the Copa America Betting Lines and mix things up a little.