Brazil are unsurprisingly runaway leaders in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table with some thirty points from their thirteen games and it is clearly just a matter of time before they are guaranteed a place at next summer’s World Cup. With nine wins from their thirteen outings and just a single defeat, they enjoy a seven point lead over second-placed Uruguay and with a mere five games left to play, it would take a huge slump in form for the Brazilians to fail in their qualification quest.
Given recent form we don’t expect such a slump to occur, especially so since their 4-1 thrashing of Uruguay all but guaranteed Brazil’s place in Russia next summer. This great run will almost certainly continue when Paraguay come to town on Tuesday evening and whilst the visitors halted a two-match losing run by beating Ecuador 2-1 in their last outing, we believe that their qualification hopes will be dealt a blow in Brazil this week.
Can the Paraguayans manage even a single point? They almost managed a win when Brazil visited Paraguay last year with the home side surging into a two-goal lead before squandering it in the final eleven minutes to settle for a 2-2 draw at the final whistle. Brazil have nevertheless been solid at home and we believe that they will enjoy an easy win by at least a three goal margin.
We also expect the hosts to manage a clean-sheet into the bargain. Brazil did concede against Uruguay in their latest outing but with no goals conceded the Brazilians in all-but-two of their last eight games, we don’t envisage Paraguay finding the back of the Brazil net on Tuesday evening.