Reigning world champions Argentina take on Paraguay in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentina national football team goes into the match after a 3-0 victory over the Bolivia national football team in their second World Cup qualifier, having previously won 1-0 over Ecuador in September.
The current world champions are enjoying themselves as they are second in the table just behind Brazil. Since their victory over France to claim the 2022 FIFA World Cup crown in Qatar, Argentina have won six matches in all competitions. Paraguay, on the other hand, have new head coach Daniel Garner and will be looking to get something out of this match as they struggle with their recent form and would like to give the home team a tough challenge.
Injury and team news
Argentina are sweating over the fitness of their captain Lionel Messi, who missed the clash with Bolivia due to injury. Although the former Barcelona and PSG star is in the squad for the upcoming game against Paraguay, the 36-year-old is a doubt to feature in Friday’s match.
Apart from Lionel Messi, Argentina will be missing midfielder Angel di Maria and centre-back Lisandro Martinez, who are out with injuries. Star striker Paulo Dybala is also ruled out of Friday’s match due to injury.
Paraguay will have new coach Daniel Garner in the dugout. The Argentine replaced compatriot Guillermo Barroso Schelotte after Paraguay’s poor start to World Cup qualifying. Paraguay currently languish in sixth place with a solitary point in the World Cup qualification standings. Plus forwards Julio Enciso and Derlis Gonzalez are both out in this pair of qualifiers. Outfielder Richard Ortiz is also not in the lineup.
Argentina Predicted Lineup (4-3-3):
Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Enzo, Mac Allister, L Martinez , Alvarez, Gonzalez
Paraguay Predicted Lineup (4-3-3):
Carlos; Rojas, Balbuena, Gomez, Alonso, Gomez, Cubas, Villasanti, Almiron, Avalos, Sosa