Uruguay and Paraguay both secured their places in the knockouts of Copa America last time out with 2-0 wins over Bolivia and Chile respectively, so next week’s meeting will now determine where each nation finishes, and ultimately, who they face in the quarter finals.
As it stands, second-placed Paraguay will face fourth in Group B (Ecuador), while Uruguay (fourth in Group A) have an ominous showdown with already-confirmed table-toppers Brazil, though that could all change as we approach the final matchday.
Oscar Tabarez has been at the Uruguay helm since 2006, winning Copa America in 2011, and if he harbours any aspirations of securing a second trophy in South America’s flagship international tournament, then he will want to avoid that potential last-eight tie with hosts Brazil.
Paraguay meanwhile have looked in good form this tournament, beating 10-man Bolivia 3-1 in their opening game, before recently seeing off Chile 2-0, with a 1-0 defeat to Argentina sandwiched between those results the only blemish on an otherwise promising start.
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Uruguay vs Paraguay: Match Stats
It took a while but Uruguay just came out of their shell in the last match having only scored once in the two games prior. An opening blank in the 1-0 defeat to Argentina was followed with Arturo Vidal’s own goal cancelling out Eduardo Vargas’ deadlock-breaker in the stalemate with Chile, before Tabarez picked up his first win of the competition. A 2-0 triumph over Bolivia knocked the nation out and sealed Uruguay’s progression in the process, with Edinson Cavani finding his golden touch with a goal. Paraguay meanwhile are the top scorers in Group A, finding the net five times, with only Brazil netting more times in the entire tournament so far (nine goals).
Uruguay vs Paraguay: Corner Stats
Uruguay have averaged 5.6 corners per game at Copa America so far, but Tabarez may want to see that number increase slightly as one of their three goals has actually come from a deadball scenario. In the 1-1 draw with Chile, Vidal’s own goal came via a corner, with the robust midfielder diverting Matias Vecino’s flick on into his own net. Paraguay meanwhile have averaged 6.6 corners per game, racking up nine against Argentina in their 1-0 defeat.
Uruguay vs Paraguay: Cards Stats
Uruguay have been popular with the referees this summer, receiving just three yellow cards in their opening three games, including a clean record last time out against Bolivia. Paraguay on the other hand have collected five, with four of those being dished out to defenders, so Tabarez may want to instruct Cavani and Suarez — particularly the latter — to put the pressure on Los Guaranies’ backline
Uruguay vs Paraguay: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Uruguay 1-0 Paraguay
Uruguay vs Paraguay: Odds
Uruguay vs Paraguay: Head to Head
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Uruguay will enter this contest with confidence having not tasted defeat to Paraguay in their last eight games, including one three weeks ago. The nations have already collided this month, meeting in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, with a tame goalless draw unfolding in Montevideo. You would have to go back to 2007 for Paraguay’s last win over Uruguay, a 1-0 triumph in the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, with former Borussia Dortmund forward Nelson Valdez netting on the day.