" Paraguay vs Peru prediction, preview, team news and more | Qualifiers for the 2020 FIFA World Cup

Paraguay will host Peru at the Defensores del Chaco Stadium on Thursday in their first FIFA World Cup qualifying match.

Paraguay last played an international match almost a year ago, when they drew 0-0 against Saudi Arabia at the Principe Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in a friendly match. Both teams had five shots on goal but failed to find a breakthrough.

Peru, meanwhile, lost 1-0 to Colombia last year at Hard Rock Stadium in an international friendly match. A goal at the end of the second half from Rangers forwards Alfredo Morelos was enough to secure the victory for Carlos Queiroz's team.

Paraguay vs Peru Head-to-Head

In 52 previous games between the two teams, Paraguay holds a clear advantage. They have won 23 games, lost 16, and drawn 13.

Their most recent match was held last year, with Peru defeating Paraguay 1-0. A goal in the first half by Yeni Malatyaspor midfielder Christian Cueva resulted in his country's victory.

Paraguay Form Guide: W-L-D-W-D

Peru Forms Guide: L-W-L-D-L

Paraguay vs Peru team news

Paraguay has named a strong team, which includes West Ham United center-back Fabián Balbuena and Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almirón. There could be potential debuts for Once Caldas goalkeeper Gerardo Ortiz, as well as Cerro Porteño midfielder Alberto Espinoza, Chicago Fire midfielder Gastón Giménez and Alanyaspor forward Adam Bareiro.

Wounded: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Meanwhile, Peru has named former Benfica and Sporting CP forward Andre Carillo, as well as Jefferson Farfán, to its team. Left-back Nilson Loyola and midfielder Raziel García are injured.

There could be debuts for América de Cali striker Aldair Rodríguez, Deportivo Municipal forward Matías Succar and Deportivo Llacuabamba striker Alex Valera.

Injured: Nilson Loyola, Raziel García, Paolo Guerrero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Paraguay vs Peru XI planned

Paraguay Predicted XI (4-4-2): Antony Silva, Juan Escobar, Fabián Balbuena, Gustavo Gómez, Blas Riveros, Andre Cubas, Oscar Romero, Mathias Villasanti, Miguel Almiron, Angel Romero, Dario Leczano

Peru predicted XI (4-4-2): Pedro Gallese, Aldo Corzo, Anderson Santamaria, Luis Abram, Miguel Trauco, Luis Advincula, Renato Tapia, Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun, Andre Carrillo, Raul Ruidiaz

Prediction Paraguay vs Peru

Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo has appointed a good squad. Much will depend on the creativity of Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron, while forwards such as Dario Lezcano and Antonio Sanabria could play a key role.

Peru, on the other hand, will not have striker Paolo Guerrero, who is out injured. The likes of Andre Carrillo and Raúl Ruidiaz will have to be at their best, while Jefferson Farfán could be vital from the bench.

Peru did not enjoy the best of years last year, winning just one of its last five games. Paraguay could surpass them in this qualifier.

Prediction: Paraguay 1-0 Peru

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