Colombia vs Paraguay: Incohesive Los Cafeteros are Facing La Albirroja

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
15 June 2024, 11:28

Colombia vs Paraguay

Colombia and Paraguay will face off in a crucial Group D match of the Copa America 2024 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Both teams are eager to secure a win to boost their chances of advancing to the knockout stages. Colombia, coming off a strong performance in their recent friendly against the USA, will look to continue their momentum. Paraguay, on the other hand, aims to overcome their recent struggles and make a statement in this tournament. This match is pivotal for both teams as they navigate a challenging group that also includes Brazil and Costa Rica. A win for either side could significantly enhance their prospects of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Colombia Team News

Colombia enters this match with relative confidence, having recently defeated the USA (5-1) in a friendly, showcasing their attacking prowess and defensive solidity. Key players like Luis Díaz and James Rodríguez are expected to lead the charge, with support from Yerson Mosquera, Jefferson Lerma, and Luis Sinisterra. The team has shown a balanced approach, combining a solid defence with a potent attack, which will be crucial against Paraguay. Before getting to the Colombia vs Paraguay prediction, it should be highlighted that the team perfectly understands the group situation, where Brazil remains a formidable and key opponent, making it essential for Colombia to secure maximum points against Paraguay.

Paraguay Team News

Paraguay, meanwhile, has had a mixed run of form leading up to the tournament. They played a goalless draw against Peru in their last friendly, highlighting their defensive capabilities but also their struggles in the attacking third. Key players like Miguel Almirón, Matías Rojas, Fabián Balbuena, and Omar Alderete will need to step up if Paraguay is to challenge Colombia effectively. The team has shown potential but has been inconsistent, particularly in scoring goals which is way bookmakers consider La Albirroja as an outsider as per Colombia vs Paraguay odds. Paraguay's coach, Daniel Garnero, will need to find a way to unlock their attacking potential while maintaining their defensive discipline. A positive result against Colombia could be a turning point for Paraguay in this tournament, providing them with the momentum needed to advance from the group stage.

Colombia vs Paraguay Prediction

Colombia to Win

Colombia, at least at the current moment, looks more cohesive and versatile in its display, which was exceptionally highlighted by their recent win over USA in a friendly match. The result showed that the team is ready for the tournament, while Paraguay still lacks viable attacking options and struggles in the defence. Recent head-to-head matches also speak in favour of the nominal hosts - in the last 20 years, during which 14 matches were played, Colombia won 9 games, 3 times the teams had a draw, while Paraguay secured only 2 wins, the last of which was in 2017. Colombia’s win can be picked up at 1.73 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Under 2.5

The matches between the two are usually marked with strong defensive display and lack of scoring opportunities. Last 6 out of 7 head-to-head-matches have been finished with less than 3 goals scored. Colombia, definitely keeping in mind the match against Brazil, will likely prefer to get advantage as early as possible and save their strength for the main match of the group stage. Paraguay, from its side, given its inconsistency in attack, is unlikely to offer substantial danger in their display. Given these factors, this Colombia vs Paraguay tip can be picked up at 1.62 at MrPlay.

First Half Winner - Colombia

Néstor Lorenzo emphasised that Los Cafeteros will aim at active start of their matches. Once again, given that the key match for Colombia will be against Brazil, the game against Paraguay will likely be played in an energy saving mode. Having a bright first half that will end with an advantage for the nominal hosts is the expected plan for the team and given the incohesiveness of Paraguay in the beginning of the matches, Colombia will have all the chances. This outcome comes at 2.34 at MrPlay.

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