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We’re now past the halfway point of the group stage of the 2021 Copa America.
Heading into Thursday’s round of matches, Chile have already booked their spot into the quarterfinals of the competition.
Paraguay, who are recently coming off a 1-0 loss to Argentina, are nearing a place in the knockout round themselves.
Although Chile have been undefeated so far, it’s a stretch to say that they’ve been turning heads in the tournament.
Paraguay will be the underdogs in the upcoming encounter, but also have plenty to offer from some of their more intriguing options in attack.
|This should be a fairly even one once the final whistle blows. Pick the tie for Chile vs Paraguay.|
|Chile vs Paraguay Information|
|Teams||Chile vs Paraguay|
|Location||Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha (Brasilia, Brazil)|
|Time||Thursday, June 24th at 8:00 pm ET|
|How to Watch||FS1, Univision, TUDN|
It’s early days in the 2021 Copa America, but some early trends have started to emerge regarding Chile and Paraguay.
With Paraguay, we’ve learned that they’ll be competitive and a likely entrant into the knockout stage of the competition.
After defeating Bolivia 3-1 and narrowly losing to regional giants Argentina 1-0, Paraguay shouldn’t have too many issues claiming one of the four spots for the next round in their five-team group.
Outshooting both of their opponents with names like Angel Romero, Miguel Almiron, Gabriel Avalos and Kaku leading the charge, Paraguay will continue to be an attacking threat.
But what about Chile?
They’ll be the marginal favorites on Thursday, and despite their undefeated three-game run in the Copa America so far, there are no guarantees they’ll clinch three points on Thursday.
A 1-1 draw with Argentina, a close 1-0 win over Bolivia, and a 1-1 draw with Uruguay.
The five points claimed have been enough to guarantee a quarterfinal invitation, but Chile have been far from dominant.
In the attack, they’ve been outshot by two of their three opponents and have a number of results that have been too close for comfort.
There is a strong tendency for ties when looking at Chile’s latest results, and of their last five games in all competitions, four have finished with the same scoreline: 1-1.
Keeping in mind that some of Chile’s players were recently fined for breaking Coronavirus protocol, the roster might not be in the best state of mind to suddenly improve some of their scoring numbers.
Paraguay almost had an undefeated start of their own to Copa America.
After smashing Bolivia 3-1, they came close to clinching a draw with Argentina after losing 1-0 on Monday night.
Paraguay held their own for the most part in the defeat.
Following a goal from Argentina’s Alejandro “Papu” Gomez in the 1st half, Paraguay later went on to control more possession and launch more shots in the tight loss.
Paraguay had a handful of dangerous chances in the final 45 minutes, and on any other given day, they could have potentially secured a tie against Argentina.
Let’s talk about the Paraguay attack that almost caught Argentina off-guard on Monday.
Almiron, pacey and busy on the left-wing, was clever with his distribution and dribbling that perplexed Argentina’s defense.
In support, Romero covered plenty of ground in the final third and dished out some vital key passes that could have ended in an assist or two.
Both appear to be in good form, and with Kaku and Avalos also having a promising start to the tournament, Paraguay should be able to at least find the back of the net once against Chile.
Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]More info on Cesar Hernandez
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