Our match prediction:
Colombia will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over United States of America when they take on Paraguay in their second group game at 2016 Copa America. Los Cafeteros impressed in their opener, but the match was marked by James Rodriguez’s injury. The Real Madrid ace will definitely miss the Paraguay game and we predict that he will be sorely missed in Wednesday’s football match. La Albirroja played out a goalless draw with Costa Rica in the opening match of their Copa America campaign and they are likely to rely on their defence in the second group game. Considering that James Rodriguez misses the match, there is every chance we will see a low-scoring affair at Rose Bowl. You should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals were scored in four of last five meetings between the two teams, but when they faced each other at 2007 Copa America Paraguay crushed Colombia 5-0.
Highligted Player (Zapata):
The versatile Cristian Zapata is a defender who usually plays as a centre back but can be deployed at full-back on either sides. Although he is naturally right-footed, Zapata is equally skillful with both feet which aids his versatility. Currently plying his trade in Serie A with AC Milan, he started his senior professional career with Deportivo Cali. He later moved to the Serie A club Udinese in 2005 ending up playing 168 games across six seasons with the club. In 2011, he moved to Spain with Villarreal but his stint was short-lived as he came back to Italy next season on loan with Milan. He signed permanently for Milan in 2013. Zapata has been a Colombian senior international since 2008 and was a member of their 2011 Copa America and 2014 World Cup squads. The 29-year-old is generally solid at the back and quick on the counter making him a menace on the wings.
Highlighted Team (Paraguay):
Los Guaranies are the part of CONMEBOL confederation vying for glory at the international scene since 1919 and their debut loss to Argentina 5-1. Paraguay are regular participants at the Copa America winning the tournament on two occasions thus far, most recently in 1979. They came close to glory in recent editions of the tournament as they fell short in the final of 2011 to Uruguay, while they finished fourth in 2015. The most successful period of the Paraguay national team came under Argentine coach Gerardo Martino, who took Paraguay to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. Following the 2010 success, Paraguay failed to qualify for their fourth successive FIFA World Cup finals as they have also missed out on the third consecutive global championship held inside their own continent. Toluca FC centre back Paulo da Silva is the most capped player of the Paraguay national team, while former Bayern Munich and Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is the team’s top scorer with 32 goals to his name.