Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Argentina will be looking to keep their 100% record in the World Cup qualifiers intact when they host Paraguay at Estadio Alberto Jose Armando on Friday morning. The good news for the hosts is that PSG ace, who has been scoring goals for fun of late, returns to contention, and we are positive that he will make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Sergio Aguero is sidelined with injury, while Giovani Los Celso, Agustin Marchesin, Paulo Dybala, and Walter Kannemann return to the squad.
Roberto Pereyra is yet another new name in Scaloni’s squad. As always, Leo Messi will be the man to watch in the home team. Paraguay, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Venezuela, but spoiling Argentina’s party in Buenos Aires is easier said than done. Paraguay boss Eduardo Berizzo is unlikely to make too many changes to the team that defeated Venezuela, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered as Argentina have been in a fine form at the start of the World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
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.