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Paraguay host Uruguay on Thursday in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. Both national teams are on the outside looking in when it comes to World Cup qualification. Paraguay are ninth in World Cup qualifying and trail fifth-place Peru by four points in the race for the intercontinental playoff place.

Uruguay are seventh in World Cup qualifying. The Sky Blues are one point off of Peru and could move as high as fourth in the CONMEBOL standings with a win against Paraguay and results elsewhere going their way. Uruguay hired coach Diego Alonso in December to oversee the team’s World Cup qualification hopes. Alonso last coached in Major League Soccer with Inter Miami.

Paraguay hired former Argentina great Guillermo Barros Schelotto in October 2021 to improve the team’s results. Schelotto is still looking for his first win as Paraguay coach after failing to win his first two matches in charge.

Paraguay go into the game on Thursday ranked No. 43 in the world. Uruguay are ranked No. 17 by FIFA. Both teams are desperate for a win and to improve their chances of making this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Paraguay vs Uruguay Betting Odds

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Paraguay finished 2021 in terrible form as thet failed to win five straight games in all competitions, losing three of the five fixtures. Paraguay failed to score in each of those five games. Schelotto has to get the side scoring goals once more, but it won’t be an easy task with just a few games remaining in CONMEBOL qualifying.

Paraguay are at the best betting odds of 21/10 to win at full-time against Uruguay. The reverse fixture between these teams finished nil-nil. This will be their first encounter since June 2021. Uruguay go into the fixture at the best betting odds of 29/20. Like Paraguay, Uruguay finished last year in terrible form.

Uruguay’s last five games all ended without a win and their last four games all ended as defeats. Uruguay failed to score in four of their last five games. The South American rivals drew nil-nil in the reverse World Cup qualifying fixture. The bookies make a draw once more odds of 21/10.

Neither team has played since November. Uruguay have a slightly better head-to-head record versus Paraguay at 33W-18D-25L.

Paraguay vs Uruguay Team News

Diego Alonso’s first two games in charge of Uruguay will see the team play Paraguay and Venezuela. These are two very winnable games that could improve Uruguay’s chances of making the top five and progressing to the next stage. Although Alonso called up a big pre-match squad, he has whittled it down to many of the same players who have worn the national team shirt in recent years.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be tasked with getting the team’s goals. Darwin Nunez has been in good form for Benfica and could start in attack against Paraguay. Federico Valverde of Real Madrid could play a significant role for the side while goalkeeper Martin Campana of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Batin is likely to start in goal. Alonso may seek to make changes but not want to make too many at one time.

Schelotto will likely turn to Torino striker Antonio Sanabria as first-choice. The manager needs to find a way to end Paraguay’s goalscoring issues and Sanabria could start against Uruguay in a bid to end the drought. Captain Gustavo Gomez of Palmeiras is the team’s most capped player with 58. The centre-back is nailed on to start barring any late injury. Thirty-seven-year-old goalkeeper Antony Silva should start in goal as he is the team’s most experienced shot-stopper.

Paraguay vs Uruguay H2H

Uruguay have a slightly better head-to-head record versus Paraguay at 33W-18D-25L. Along with playing out a scoreless draw in World Cup qualifying, Paraguay and Uruguay met during the Copa America tournament in June 2021. Uruguay claimed the win in a close game 1-0 thanks to an Edinson Cavani first half penalty.

Uruguay have not lost to Paraguay since 2007 making it nine matches in a row that Paraguay have failed to beat Uruguay. Neither side go into this game in good form and both managers are looking to turn around their teams’ dreadful performances.

Paraguay vs Uruguay Prediction

To score a penalty: Uruguay @ 5/1 - BET NOW

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Uruguay claimed a 1-0 win over Paraguay at the Copa America thanks to a Edinson Cavani penalty but the previous match between these teams in World Cup qualifying finished nil-nil. Our first prediction is for a low scoring game with little between these teams.

It could take a penalty to sort things out in the end with Uruguay converting a spot-kick. Uruguay scored a penalty on September 5 versus Bolivia. It was the second to last time the Sky Blues won a match.

Under 1.5 goals @ 17/10 - BET NOW

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The last two games between these South American rivals ended with under 1.5 goals scored. Neither Paraguay nor Uruguay are scoring goals currently, therefore, our second betting tip is for a low scoring match. Three of Uruguay’s last six games in all competitions ended with under 1.5 goals. Paraguay’s last two games finished with under 1.5 goals.

Correct score: Paraguay 0-1 Uruguay @ 6/1 - BET NOW

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Uruguay need a win to keep pace with the teams ahead of them in the CONMEBOL standings. The Sky Blues are not in good form, but Paraguay are in worse form going into Thursday’s game. Our final prediction is for Uruguay to win and to seal victory with a 1-0 score, just like when these teams met at the Copa America 2021. Four of Uruguay’s last 13 games in all competitions finished 1-0. Three of Paraguay’s last 13 games in all competitions finished as 1-0.

Uruguay hold a slightly better head-to-head over Paraguay and our betting tips prediction is for the Sky Blues to get a win. The victory could move Uruguay as high as fourth place depending on results elsewhere this week.

Paraguay vs Uruguay Betting Tips