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Paraguay national football team
World Cup Qualifying - South America | Group Stage
Nov 21, 2023 at 11pm UK
Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Colombia national football team
0 - 1

Jose Caceres (24'), Caballero (90+2')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Borre (11' pen.)
Arias (45'), Mina (45+1'), Munoz (69'), Cordoba (83')

Preview: Paraguay vs. Colombia - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's World Cup Qualifying - South America clash between Paraguay and Colombia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Colombia will look to continue a great start to their World Cup qualifying campaign when they travel to Paraguay on Tuesday night.

Nestor Lorenzo's side will be full of confidence after condemning Brazil to a second consecutive defeat in qualifying for the first time ever.

Match preview

Colombia's Luis Diaz celebrates scoring their first goal with James Rodriguez and teammates on November 17, 2023© Reuters

After what had been a horrific ordeal for the family over the past few weeks, Luis Diaz scored twice with his father in attendance in the win over Brazil, just a week after he was released by kidnappers.

Diaz's goals came late on and within just four minutes of each other as Colombia completed a dramatic turnaround against the five-time world champions.

It was a fully-deserved win for the hosts in Barranquilla, especially after a dominant second-half performance where they outplayed and outfought a rather beleaguered Brazil side.

The win maintains an excellent unbeaten record for Los Cafeteros, extending it to 16 matches - 11 of which have been wins - dating back to February 2022.

Colombia sit third in the CONMEBOL section with nine points after five games and look on course in the early stages to return to the World Cup stage after a shock failure to qualify for the 2022 edition.

Asuncion has been a happy hunting ground for the visitors of late too, as a 1-1 draw in 2021 came after three successive wins for Colombia.

Paraguay have only managed to beat Colombia once on home soil in the 21st century, in a 5-0 thrashing in 2007.

Paraguay's Miguel Almiron and teammates look dejected after Argentina's Nicolas Otamendi scores their first goal on October 13, 2023© Reuters

However, it looks highly unlikely that there will be any repeat of that given Paraguay's start, which has not been easy on the eye for the neutrals.

Their five qualifiers so far have produced just three goals - only managing one themselves - after another 0-0 on Thursday in Chile.

There may have been a lack of drama, but that was a very good point for Daniel Garnero's side considering they played over half of the match with 10 men.

The campaign also started with a 0-0 draw, against Peru, which in hindsight looks rather disappointing now, considering that remains their only point in the section so far.

It took four matches for their first goal and their first win, as the draw with Peru was followed by successive 1-0 defeats to Venezuela and Argentina, before eventually getting the better of poor-travellers Bolivia at home.

Paraguay are certainly one of the outsiders to claim an automatic qualifying spot, as they have not shown much might on the continent recently, recording just two wins in their last 14 competitive matches, so that must be improved upon if they want to reach a first World Cup since 2010.

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Team News

Miguel Almiron pictured for Paraguay on June 9, 2021© Reuters

Paraguay's key man Miguel Almiron is not present after becoming the latest addition to the long list of injuries suffered by Newcastle United recently.

Roberto Rojas's first-half red card in Chile means he will be suspended for this clash, meaning another change in personnel is in the offing from manager Garnero, who made numerous alterations to his squad.

Underwhelming performances in October's internationals saw many alterations in the squad picked by the manager, with Hector Villalba, Braian Ojeda, Santiago Arzamendia and Alberto Espinola all left out.

The evergreen Oscar Cardozo has made a comeback to the squad at the age of 40 after two years away though, thanks to his form with domestic club Libertad, where he is having another brilliant year and now has 110 goals since joining in 2017.

Colombia are without a number of options in defence, as full-backs Santiago Arias and Frank Fabra join Stefan Medina on the sidelines.

The versatile Juan Cuadrado has also missed much of the season with Inter Milan and is absent again, along with Diego Valoyes and Mateo Cassierra in attack.

Jefferson Lerma was only a substitute against Brazil after missing October's internationals, and he may have lost his place for the time being to Jorge Carrascal and Kevin Castano.

Krasnodar striker Jhon Cordoba made his debut off the bench against Brazil last week, but Rafael Santos Borre is in line for another start up front.

Paraguay possible starting lineup:
Carlos; Balbuena, G Gomez, Alderete, Espinoza; Villasanti, Cubas, M Rojas; Sanabria, Cardozo, D Gomez

Colombia possible starting lineup:
Vargas; Munoz, Sanchez, Lucumi, Machado; Castano, Carrascal; Uribe, James, Diaz; Borre

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We say: Paraguay 1-1 Colombia

Colombia's unbeaten start has included three draws from five games, including in both of their away games, and it would be no shock to see another tight affair here.

Paraguay battled for a 0-0 in Chile with 10 men, and are slight underdogs here despite home advantage, but they may be able to hold their visitors to a draw here.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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