Our prediction for this World Cup 2026 match:
After holding Chile to a goalless draw in Santiago, Paraguay will be aiming to regain their spot in top six when they face Colombia at Estadio Defensores del Chaco on Tuesday evening. Daniel Garnero’s men defended well in their last group game and they are likely to adopt yet another cautious approach against los Cafeteros. Robert Rojas is banned for the match following his sending-off against Chile, with Juan Caceres likely to step up. Newcastle United star Miguel Almiron remains in the recovery room.
The Colombians, on the other hand, came from behind to beat South America giants Brazil in round 5, with Liverpool ace Luis Diaz scoring a brace. The pacey winger will be the man to watch in the away team and we predict that he is going to lead los Cafeteros to their third triumph of the process. There are no fresh injury worries in the visiting side, but Bournemouth forward Luis Sinisterra should be recalled to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (James Rodriguez):
James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder who plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Colombian superstar played for the likes of Envigado and Banfield at the start of his career and he moved to Europe in 2010, joining Portuguese side Porto for a fee of €5.1 million.
James scored 25 goals in 63 league appearances with the Dragons and in 2013 he joined Monaco. His transfer to the Ligue 1 side was the second most expensive in the history of Portuguese Primeira Liga (€45 million) and he signed a five-year contract with les Rouges et Blancs. The Colombian ace impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, as a result, Real Madrid chiefs signed him on 22 July, 2014 for an undisclosed fee.
However, reports in Spain suggested that the fee was approximately €80 million. Rodriguez scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for Real Madrid in the 2014/2015 Primera Division campaign and he was in Gareth Bale’s shadow in the 2015/2016 season. James is well known for his technical skills, his vision and the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.
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.