Our match prediction:
Uruguay are coming off from a frustrating match against Argentina, having spent virtually the entire first half defending and hardly troubling goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the second term. Following the disappointing 1-0 loss, La Celeste were forced to surrender the leading position in the South American group but will be keen to make an instant response against Paraguay with fresh three points that would allow them to keep up with table-toppers Argentina. Their task will be easier said than achieved against Paraguay, who managed to grab a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Chile. Oscar Romero hit a wonderful striker with Paulo da Silva doubling the lead early on leaving Chile stunned and unable to get back into the game despite Arturo Vidal’s goal. Having continued their fine home form, Paraguay now travels to Uruguay and we predict they will have hard time getting anything out of their trip to Estadio Centernario in Montevideo.
Highligted Player (Godin):
Diego Godin is considered one of the best defenders in the history of Uruguayan football. The Atletico Madrid centre back played for Cerro and Nacional in the Uruguayan national championship between 2003 and 2007 and in August, 2017 he signed a deal with La Liga side Villarreal. Godin made 91 league appearances for the Yellow Submarine and on 4 August he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a contract with Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan defender won the 2013/2014 La Liga trophy with los Rojiblancos, while making it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2014, 2016). He won the Europa League trophy in the 2011/2012 season with Atletico Madrid as well. Speaking of his international career, Godin clinched the 2011 Copa America trophy with Uruguay. Despite playing as a centre back, Diego Godin often scores after set pieces and you should have in mind that he scored eight goals for Diego Simeone’s team in the 2013/2014 season (all competitions).
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.