Colombia heads to Paraguay aiming to build on their impressive World Cup qualifying run, while Paraguay seeks to secure a valuable result after a recent draw against Chile with ten men.
Colombia’s impressive form continued with a remarkable victory over Brazil, courtesy of Luis Diaz’s brace, continuing their 16-match unbeaten streak.
Nestor Lorenzo’s side sits third in the CONMEBOL section and appears on track to secure a World Cup spot after missing out on the 2022 edition.
Paraguay, despite a challenging start, salvaged a 0-0 draw against Chile despite playing with ten men for most of the game.
With only one win and four draws in their five qualifiers, they face an uphill task against a formidable Colombian side.
Historically, Paraguay has struggled against Colombia on home turf, and they will seek an improved performance to boost their chances of securing a first World Cup appearance since 2010.
Paraguay faces the absence of Miguel Almiron due to injury, while Roberto Rojas’ suspension after a red card against Chile necessitates changes in the lineup.
The squad might see notable additions like Oscar Cardozo, who returns after two years, aiming to bolster their attacking options.
Colombia, missing several defensive players like Santiago Arias and Juan Cuadrado, may deploy Rafael Santos Borre upfront and make adjustments to compensate for the absences.
Balbuena, G Gomez, Alderete, Espinoza;
Villasanti, Cubas, M Rojas;
Sanabria, Cardozo, D Gomez
Munoz, Sanchez, Lucumi, Machado;
Uribe, James, Diaz;
Prediction: Paraguay 1-1 Colombia
Colombia’s unbeaten streak includes several draws, and considering their away form and Paraguay’s resilience, another closely contested match with a potential draw could be on the cards.