Argentina vs Paraguay Predictions

Argentina vs Paraguay predictions ahead of this clash for the South American World Cup qualifying on Friday morning. Defending champions Argentina aim to maintain their unbeaten streak in the 2026 CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers as they welcome Paraguay to the Estadio Mas Monumental this Friday. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Argentina vs Paraguay Predictions

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A Prelude to the Centennial World Cup

Key Stats
– Argentina remain unbeaten at home in World Cup qualifiers since 2009.
– Paraguay have only managed one goal in their last 11 competitive fixtures.
– Lionel Messi’s Expert Rating stands at an impressive 7.80, highlighting his unparalleled significance to the team.

The air is thick with anticipation as Argentina and Paraguay, the recently announced joint-hosts alongside Uruguay for the inaugural games of the 2030 World Cup, prepare to duel at Estadio Mas Monumental this Friday. This match is more than a World Cup qualifier; it’s a precursor to what’s in store for football aficionados in 2030, the 100-year celebration of the iconic tournament.

Journey So Far

Since clinching the World Cup in 2022 against France, Argentina have been on a rollercoaster, celebrating victory after victory. Their impressive streak showcases a remarkable aggregate score of 17-0, stamping their dominance in world football. The recent conquests over nations like Panama, Curacao, Australia, and Indonesia, followed by the successful bouts against Ecuador and Bolivia, are testimonies to Argentina’s form.


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But, in Messi’s absence, it was Enzo Fernandez, Nicolas Tagliafico, and Nicolas Gonzalez who shone against Bolivia. Their collective efforts ensured Argentina’s place at the summit of the CONMEBOL standings, neck-to-neck with Brazilian behemoths. Given their staggering record at home, Argentina’s spirits are soaring as they haven’t lost in their last 28 World Cup qualifiers played on their turf since 2009.

Yet, Paraguay remain a thorn in their flesh. Argentina’s last six encounters with Paraguay have been strenuous, managing only one victory and drawing the last 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Paraguay, on the other hand, have been striving to find their footing. After a lukewarm year, the nation decided to part ways with manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Under his tenure, Paraguay had a draw against Peru and a heart-wrenching defeat to Venezuela, with the latter’s victory clinched in the 90th minute.

With FIFA ranking them 52nd, Paraguay’s hopes now rest on Daniel Garnero’s shoulders. Garnero is no stranger to Paraguay’s footballing landscape, having managed club football there for nearly eight years. His vision is clear: to infuse an attacking mindset and turn the tide for the national team. Yet, scoring remains Paraguay’s Achilles heel, with their last away goal in competitive matches being a draw against Argentina in 2020.

Players to Watch and Tactical Insight

Argentina’s lineup sees potential disruption due to injuries, with Paulo Dybala and Juan Foyth sidelined. But, Lionel Messi, the global icon, is back from injury, potentially forming a formidable trio with Julian Alvarez and Nicolas Gonzalez. The defence remains sturdy, led by Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi.

Paraguay, although hit by midfield injuries, will likely see Richard Sanchez and Alejandro Romero rising to the occasion. Mathias Villasanti’s consistent performances are noteworthy. Upfront, Miguel Almiron is expected to lead the attack.


1. Match Outcome Prediction: Draw Given Argentina’s home form, it’s tempting to side with them. Yet, the historical data suggests that Paraguay is their kryptonite. With both teams in fluctuating forms and considering the stakes, a draw seems plausible.

2. Correct Score Prediction: 1-1 Paraguay’s recent scoring drought and Argentina’s impeccable defensive record makes this a cautious affair. Yet, considering Paraguay’s newfound attacking philosophy and Argentina’s offensive prowess, both teams might find the net.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: Lionel Messi His recent recovery and proven track record make Messi the prime candidate. His BettingTips4You Expert Rating of 7.80 showcases his importance.

4. Corner Prediction: Argentina to win more corners; Total Corners: Over 10.5 Argentina’s attacking data indicates a high number of shots and successful dribbles. This translates to winning more corners. Combining the numbers from both teams, the total corners might exceed 10.

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