Our prediction for this World Cup 2026 match:
Argentina will be aiming to overtake Brazil in top position in the South America World Cup qualifying group when they host Paraguay to Estadio Monumental. La Albiceleste continue where they left at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, with the team beating both Ecuador and Bolivia in the process and the good news for Lionel Scaloni is that Inter Miami superstar Leo Messi has overcome his injury.
Roma forward Paulo Dybala, on the other hand, has been ruled out with injury as well as Angel Di Maria, Angel Correa, Juan Foyth, and Lisandro Martinez. La Albirroja, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Venezuela, but given their difficulties in front of goal, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Leo Messi and Co. New Paraguay boss Daniel Garnero will rely on Newcastle United ace Miguel Almiron, who has 51 caps for the national team.
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.