Paraguay vs Brazil
The two teams yet to lose a match in the World Cup Qualifying campaign will meet at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco as Paraguay come up against Brazil.
Even though they head into this round as one of just three teams yet to taste defeat in this World Cup Qualifying campaign, the hosts have drawn four of their opening five matches, except for a narrow 1-0 away win over Venezuela on Matchday 2. Both of their home games have been full of action-packed football, with each featuring the same 2-2 scoreline. However, Paraguay’s hopes of staying unbeaten in this World Cup Qualifying campaign face a stern test as they take on a Brazil team they’ve lost to twice in their last three World Cup Qualifying encounters (D1), conceding 2+ goals on each occasion. Against this backdrop, ‘Los Guaraníes’ haven’t lost to Brazil in any of their last four World Cup Qualifying H2Hs at home over the past three decades (W2, D2).
Meanwhile, it’s been an utterly impressive start to this World Cup Qualifying series for Brazil as they go into proceedings as the only South American nation to win all five opening matches. When they win, it tends to be in emphatic fashion, as witnessed by the fact four of their five World Cup Qualifying triumphs have yielded a winning margin of 2+ goals, including a 2-0 home victory over Ecuador last time out. Since exiting the 2018 World Cup, the ‘Selecao’ have won all but one of their 12 matches on foreign soil (D1), keeping a clean sheet nine times in the process. Tite’s players already look like near-certainties to complete this World Cup Qualifying campaign top of the table, which has been the case in their last three qualifying series.