Paraguay and Bolivia will play their first Copa America 2021 match on Tuesday at Goiânia’s Estadio Olmpico Pedro Ludovico Teixeira.
Paraguay’s most recent competitive game was a 0-2 loss to Brazil. Neymar scored in the fourth minute for the Selecao before assisting Lucas Paqueta in injury time to help Brazil win the World Cup qualifying game.
Last year, Paraguay advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition, and Eduardo Berizzo’s team will look to replicate or improve on that performance this time around.
They drew three straight games before losing to the Copa America hosts, but two of them were promising wins over Argentina and Uruguay.
Bolivia enters the game after a 1-1 tie with Chile. Erick Pulgar scored in the 69th minute, but Marcelo Martins Moreno converted a penalty kick 13 minutes later to earn Bolivia a point.
Bolivia vs. Paraguay Head-to-Head
Paraguay and Bolivia have met 15 times in their history. Paraguay has won six games to Bolivia’s four, with five games ending in stalemates.
The last time the two South American teams met was in November 2020. They played to a 2-2 tie, with Angel and Alejandro Romero scoring for the hosts. Bolivia tied the game with goals from Marcelo Martins Moreno and Boris Cespedes.
Form guide Paraguay: W-D-D-D-L
Form guide Bolivia: D-L-L-W-D
Team News: Paraguay vs. Bolivia
There are no injury concerns for Paraguay going into this match.
West Ham centre-back Fabian Balbuena will lead their defense. Meanwhile, Newcastle United forward Miguel Almiron, along with Angel Romero, is expected to lead the attack.
No one was injure.
None are doubtful.
None have been suspended.
Cesar Farias is dealing with a COVID crisis in the squad at the last minute. COVID-19 was found in three Bolivian players and a member of the team’s technical staff. They were all isolated, but their identities have not been revealed.
Bolivia’s chances of victory will rest on the capable shoulders of striker Marcelo Moreno, who has six goals in his last six appearances.
No one was hurt.
Three unnamed players are doubtful/COVID.
None have been suspended.
Bolivia vs. Paraguay XI predicted
Predicted XI (4-4-2): Anthony Silva; Robert Rojas, Fabian Balbuena, Gustavo Gomez, Junior Alonso; Gaston Gimenez, Cardozo Lucena, Richard Sanchez, Oscar Romero; Angel Romero, Miguel Almirón
Predicted XI (4-5-1): Carlos Lampe; Diego Bejarano, Luis Haquin, Adrian Jusino, José Sagredo; Henry Vaca, Leonel Justiniano, Danny Beranjano, Boris Cespedes, Rodrigo Ramallo; Marcelo Martins
Bolivia vs. Paraguay Prediction
Both teams will most likely take a conservative approach, fearful of losing the first game and dropping points. The defensive approach of the teams may result in few chances being created.
With this in mind, we predict a 0-0 tie.
Prediction: 0-0 Paraguay vs. Bolivia