WCQ: Venezuela vs Paraguay

Venezuela and Paraguay will face off on Monday in the second match of the 2022 World Cup qualifier in South America. After the opening match, Venezuela is in 9th place on the rankings without any points, while Paraguay is in 5th place with 1 point. All 5 last encounters have less than 2.5 goals, while 1 match saw goals in both teams.

Venezuela won their last meeting with Paraguay in 2017 1-0 away when the two countries clashed in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match. Venezuela was crushed at 0 -3 on their Friday visit to Colombia in their 2022 South American regional World Cup first qualifying match. That was only Venezuela's second defeat in 10 recent matches, the team had 3 consecutive victories before their trip to Colombia. This is also the match that Vinotinto debuted led by José Peseiro, 16 minutes, Duván Zapata put Colombia ahead after a Juan Cuadrado pass. 10 minutes later, Luis Muriel extended the result to 2-0, Roberto Rosales took advantage of the space and finished, but the ball hit the column of Camilo Vargas. Luckily not on Vinotinto's side, Luis Muriel netted one more goal against Wuilker Fariñez's net again before resting. 3 of their last 5 matches have more than 2.5 goals, of which 2 games both saw both countries scoring, but they lacked home confidence when Venezuela only won 2 out of 10 matches. their previous home turf.

Paraguay only earned one point when they faced Peru at home on Friday, as the match between the two countries ended in a 2-2 draw at the De los Defensores del Chaco stadium. La Albirroja, with his ability to hold the ball more and to create situations, dominated the game in the early stages but Peru took the lead thanks to an André Carrillo goal in the 51st minute. With adjustments made , Eduardo Berizzo's side improved and turned the tables with 2 goals from Ángel Romero in the 65 and 80 minutes but the visitors equalized with Carrillo's goal in the 84th minute. Paraguay's second consecutive ending without a winner and is the 3rd in the last 4 matches. Both of Paraguay's only 2 victories in the previous 11 encounters have come from home, 

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