Paraguay are the favourites to take the three points on offer in their next 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela in the South American region. The Paraguayans take on Venezuela at the Estadio Defensores de Chaco in capital city Asuncion hoping to return to winning ways after the draw with Colombia in the last World Cup qualifier.
Juventus utility player Juan Cuadrado scored from the spot eight minutes into the second half for Colombia to cancel out the first half opener from Antonio Sanabria. Torino attacker Sanabria had earlier given Paraguay the lead five minutes before the half-time break. The draw with the Colombians ended the run of two straight defeats for Paraguay in the South American section of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The two-match losing run for Paraguay began with the 2-0 defeat at home to Brazil in a matchday eight clash played in June. At the start of this month, the Paraguayans made it two losses on the trot with the 2-0 loss at Ecuador. The hosts won the game thanks to two late goals.
Paraguay have not won a game in the qualifiers for Qatar 2022 since the reverse fixture against Venezuela. Gaston Gimenez scored five minutes from time to hand Paraguay a 1-0 win over hosts Venezuela on matchday two. That’s the only victory for Paraguay in the qualifiers.
The Paraguayans have gone six games without a win during the latest World Cup qualifiers in the CONMEBOL region. That run of games without a win has seen them drop to sixth on the ten-team standings as far as the South American section is concerned. Paraguay have eight points from eight games and they havea two-point deficit on Colombia in fifth place and a four-point deficit on Uruguay in the fourth and last automatic place for the World Cup tournament in Qatar. The team in fifth place at the end of the qualifiers in the South American section will qualify for the inter-confederation playoffs, while the first four teams will take their spots at the World Cup in Qatar.