On 9 September 2021 at 6:30 UK time, Paraguay will clash with Venezuela in a World Cup South American qualifier.
Paraguay are currently ranked 33rd in the world and are a team known for playing a defensive counter-attacking tactic. With the passage of time, and the retirement of the golden generation, there has been a downward trend in strength.
The team has not had the best of years, and was knocked out of the Copa America by Peru on penalties after having managed to qualify for the group, finishing in the last 8.
In the World Cup qualifiers, Paraguay have won 1, drawn 5 and lost 2 out of 8 matches, and are in 6th place with 8 points. As per their current position, there is still a chance to make a push for a World Cup place.
Paraguay have called up 33 players for their current roster, but only four of them play in the top five leagues, such as Almiron at Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Their recent results have been bad, starting with a 0-2 defeat against Ecuador and then a 1-1 draw against Colombia in their last match. The team is currently winless in 2 World Qualifying matches and is in relatively poor form.
Venezuela, currently ranked 40th in the world, are the worst-performing team in South America this year, having failed to win any of their eight matches.
The Copa America also stopped short of the last 8. In the World Qualifying Tournament, after 8 matches, they have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 6, and are at the bottom of the table with 4 points.With the current number of points, it will be difficult to qualify for the tournament.
Venezuela have lost their last 2 matches, firstly 1-3 against Argentina and then 0-1 to Peru. In both games, a player received a red card, and defender Rincon was banned for this reason.
Venezuela’s current situation can be seen in the stats, as the team has scored only four goals in eight matches and conceded 13, a serious imbalance between attack and defense.
In their previous meetings, Paraguay have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches against Venezuela, which is not a big advantage.
Although Paraguay’s recent form has been poor, they still have the hope of qualifying for the tournament, so there is no doubt about their morale.
Venezuela, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the table and have not won a single match this year. This means that Paraguay can be expected to return to winning ways in this match.
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