Our prediction for this match:
Tuesday’s football game at King Saud University pits together Saudi Arabia and Paraguay. Saudi Arabia head into the match following the World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan, meaning that tired legs could prove to be a significant problem for the home side. The Asian team are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence, and seeing that the South Americans have been struggling in front of goal in 2019, a low-scoring affair is on the horizon.
When the two teams met in a friendly eleven years ago, they played out a 1-1 draw and, taking everything into account; the history is likely to repeat itself. You should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals were netted in both Paraguay’s October friendlies. The Paraguayans suffered a 1-0 loss to Serbia while playing out a 1-1 draw with Slovakia later that month.
Highlighted Player (Yahya Al-Shehri):
Yahya Al-Shehri is a Saudi football player who began his career at Ettifaq. The 164-cm-tall winger continued to play for the club at senior level and he scored seven goals in 87 appearances for the Commandos in the Saudi Arabia national championship. Yahya Al-Shehri moved to Al-Nassr in 2013, where he made 114 appearances in the league.
In 2018 he joined Leganes on loan, but he has yet to make his debut for the capital club in La Liga. Al-Shehri was born in Dammam on June 26, 1990 and he made his debut for the Saudi Arabia national team in October 2009 against Tunisia.
It has to be noted that he played for Saudi Arabia youth teams as well. Yahya Al-Shehri won Saudi Professional League on two occasions (2013/2014, 2014/2015). The Saudi footballer won the Saudi Crown Prince Cup with Al Nassr as well in the 2013/2014 season. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well.
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.