Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a thrilling 3-0 win over Chile, Paraguay take on Uruguay at Estadio Defensores del Chaco in Asuncion. La Albirroja showed character in the victory over La Roja, but it has to be noted that Chile midfielder broke the deadlock with a strange own-goal. Anyhow, Paraguay managed to keep their hopes of booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals alive and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of Wednesday’s football match. Uruguay played out a goalless draw with Argentina on Friday, with the team putting an end to their three-match losing run in the WC qualifiers. A close encounter appears on the cards in this one and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the capital of Paraguay. You should bear in mind that Paraguay and Uruguay played out a 1-1 draw in their last meeting in Asuncion.
Highlighted Player (Roque Santa Cruz):
Roque Santa Cruz is one of the tallest strikers for Paraguay over the years. The 34-year-old striker has last appeared for the Spanish club Malaga on loan from Mexican club Cruz Azul. The lanky striker started his career in the youth teams of Olimpia and made his first-team debut at the age of 15 in 1997. His prolific scoring record with Olimpia earned him a transfer to German giants Bayern Munich in 1999 for a fee of €5 million. The initial promise didn’t convert to reality because of a series of injuries and heavy competition from team mates. His limited impact and appearances restricted his prolific scoring although he won numerous Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern. Santa Cruz joined Manchester City in 2009 but injuries limited his performances. He is currently the all-time leading goal scorer for Paraguay with 32 goals and also the sixth ever player to reach 100 appearances.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts. Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history. Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.