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Paraguay v Argentina betting tips: Goals at a premium

| 03.10.2021

Paraguay v Argentina betting tips and odds

The road to Qatar continues this week and next as we pick out three matches from World Cup qualifying in South America, starting with the clash between Paraguay and Argentina.

Emiliano Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have all been included in the Argentina squad but the Tottenham pair will be able to self-isolate and train at their club when they return to the UK.

Lionel Scaloni’s side are 3/5 favourites to win in Asuncion but let’s check some of the other markets and odds in our Paraguay v Argentina betting tips.

Match Odds

We said Paraguay would test Argentina when the teams met in the Copa America less than four months ago and that proved to be the case as Papu Gomez settled the group opener with the only goal of the game in the 10th minute.

La Albiceleste went on to beat Brazil in the final although they trail their arch rivals by six points after eight games in World Cup qualifying, but remain well placed in second and should be heading to the Middle East with few problems.

Argentina are 13/10 to win to nil once again, but three of the last five meetings between these nations have finished all square and that option is available at 13/5 bearing in mind Paraguay have drawn five of their nine games to sit in sixth spot, one place outside the only play-off spot.

The last five meetings have produced two goals or fewer which can be backed at 8/13 and we go 3/1 on either a 0-0 or 1-1 draw which has been the case in four of the previous five contests.

Lionel Messi is part of a strong squad which is 21/20 to win and under 3.5 goals or 21/10 for either a 1-0 or 2-0 victory in our Paraguay v Argentina betting tips.

Argentina scored an early goal in their last clash with Paraguay and are 9/2 to be leading after 15 minutes once again.

Talking Tactics

Scaloni went with a 4-2-3-1 formation against Paraguay in June when Sergio Aguero led the line, but the Barcelona striker is injured just like Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

Argentina opted for a 4-4-2 in their last outing, a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in which Messi and Lautaro Martinez played up front.

Paraguay played a 4-3-3 in their 2-1 victory over Venezuela but matched Argentina’s 4-2-3-1 when they met in the summer during which Newcastle winger Miguel Almiron played on the left wing.

Goalscorer Odds

Messi netted a hat-trick in the win against Bolivia and is 13/5 to break the deadlock, 21/20 to score, 5/1 to bag at least a double and 25/1 for another treble.

Martinez is 5/1 and 6/4 in the first two markets, while Angel Correa, Angel di Maria and Joaquin Correa are 13/5, 3/1 and 3/1 respectively to find the net in our Paraguay v Argentina betting tips.

Angel Romero is Paraguay’s top scorer in qualifying with four goals and is 12/1 to draw first blood or 5/1 to breach Argentina’s defence.

Match Info

Where: Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion

When: 00:00, Thursday 7th October

How to watch: Premier Sports 2

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner