Our prediction for this World Cup 2026 match:
Paraguay will look to kickstart their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign in style when they take on Peru at Estadio Antonio Aranda. La Albirroja missed out on a spot at the 2022 World Cup finals and, no doubt, they are eager to return to the big stage. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Newcastle United ace Miguel Almiron, while Brighton wing-back Julio Enciso has been ruled out with injury.
La Rojiblanca, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Japan in their last warm-up game, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on Paraguay. To make things even worse for the away team, all Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Bryan Reyna, and Jhilmar Lora miss the Septembar international window through injuries. Veteran Paolo Guerrero is widely expected to lead the line for the Peruvians.
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.