Bolivia hosts Paraguay in round 12 of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Thursday, October 14th at Estadio Hernando Siles (La Paz)
The national team of Bolivia does not belong to those teams that are fighting for promotion to the world championship. The Greens have played at this tournament only three times in their history, and the last such success was achieved back in 1994. Bolivia is an outsider of South American football, and this situation does not change even now. The Greens lost all four matches at Copa America in the summer. But at the same time, the charges of Cesar Farias are capable of creating problems for the favorites. And of course, it usually happens in La Paz. At an altitude of 3,600 meters, it is even difficult to walk, and professional footballers began to experience difficulties during the match. In the current qualification, the Bolivians have already beaten Venezuela and Peru at home. The Incas lost on the weekend. Vaca scored the only goal in the 82nd minute, when an opponent was simply running out of strength. This victory allowed the Bolivians to leave the last place in the standings, and such a team does not aim for more.
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Paraguay is gradually lagging behind competitors. Eduardo Berizzo's charges started the current qualification promisingly, having managed to hold back Argentina on their pitch. Messi and the company were never able to score against Antony Silva, who had a wonderful match. But that goalless draw provided only one point, and the competitors were also on the alert and were taking their toll. Perhaps the Guaranies lost to Chile in the most decisive match on Monday. The Chileans were in an even more desperate tournament situation and showed extremely unstable results. Still, they achieved their goal in the middle of the 2nd half. Alexis Sanchez didn’t show a spectacular game (on the other hand, he made an assist). But another veteran, Isla, became the hero of the match. He first assisted Brereton. And a couple of minutes later, he scored himself and secured a 2-0 victory. Now the Paraguayans are three points behind the 5th place, which gives a ticket to the playoffs. And there is not much time left to win back the gap. And, most importantly, Paraguay needs to win and, therefore, abandon the usual defensive style.
Paraguay won three out of five last head-to-head matches. The last victory was gained in June at Copa America (3-1). But Bolivia won four of the last five home games. Considering the highlands, bookmakers give a slight advantage to the hosts in the upcoming game. But the bet on Under 2.5 goals scored looks even more reliable.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored