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Paraguay vs Bolivia: Berizzo’s team to shade victory

Kick-off: 0100, 15/06/2021

Stadium: Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludo vico

TV: BBC digital

Paraguay will see their Copa America opener against Bolivia as crucial to their chances of advancing through a tough group.

Los Guaranies La Albirroja also have Argentina, Uruguay and Chile for company, with the top four qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Eduardo Berizzo’s team should be too strong for the 81st ranked side in the world and 5/4 for them to win to nil is our first Paraguay vs Bolivia prediction.

A Look At Paraguay’s Betting Odds

Two-time Copa America winners Paraguay are usually seen as being among South America’s ‘best of the rest’ behind heavyweights such as Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

Winners in 1953 and 1979, Paraguay finished runners-up in 2011 despite not winning a match after drawing all three group-stage fixtures and, qualifying as a best third place, then winning two knockout games on penalties.

Paraguay, who did not qualify for the last two World Cups, have advanced to the quarter-finals or further at nine of the last 11 Copa Americas and should do so again this year.

Their squad includes players playing in the Premier League, in West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena and Newcastle forward Miguel Almiron, while Angel Romero and Antonio Sanabria are dangermen in attack.

Looking at the Paraguay vs Bolivia odds, we like Berizzo’s side to win with less than 2.5 goals at 11/5.

A Look At Bolivia’s Betting Odds

Bolivia are not one of South America’s big hitters and have a poor recent record in this tournament.

They have won it once, beating Brazil 5-4 in the final in 1963 after an unbeaten campaign on home soil, and finished runners-up in 1997.

But since then, seven of their last eight campaigns have ended at the group stage.

Bolivia have finished bottom of their group in the last two editions, conceding 16 goals in six defeats, after a run to the quarter-finals in 2015.

Another early exit is likely this time around too, but we expect a close game against Paraguay, with Bolivia unbeaten in their last two head-to-head meetings.

Cesar Farias was brought in to clean up the mess of Bolivia’s dismal 2019 Copa America display, as well as attempting to lead them to the 2022 World Cup, and has a squad that is packed with players operating for clubs in their homeland.

Farais can still call on 33-year-old Cruzeiro striker Marcelo Moreno, who is Bolivia’s record goalscorer with 22 in 81 games.

Even so, let’s finish off our Paraguay vs Bolivia betting tips with Los Guaranies La Albirroja to win 1-0 at 5/1.

Head-to-head: Paraguay 2-2 Bolivia, Bolivia 1-0 Paraguay, Paraguay 2-1 Bolivia, Paraguay 4-0 Bolivia

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