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Written By Albert Echatah

Colombia, one of the pre-tournament favourites, takes on Paraguay in Group D play at NRG Stadium in Houston on Monday to kick off their 2024 Copa America campaign.

Colombia enter this year’s Copa America tournament riding on a 23-game unbeaten streak. They most recently defeated Bolivia 3-0, while Paraguay prevailed 1-0 over Panama in their last match heading to this tournament. This game is poised to be interesting, and a close scoreline is definitely a possibility.


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Preview

Colombia prefer to play a possession-based approach in an effort to break down Paraguay’s well-organized defence. As they counter, Paraguay focuses heavily on set-piece plays and physicality in an attempt to take advantage of any Colombian vulnerabilities. These contrasting strategies frequently result in a keenly contested tactical battle.

Even though Colombia have a slight edge, Paraguay are still a formidable opponent. They are a formidable foe due to their recent defensive performance and their capacity to steal points away from opponents.

Head To Head

On the pitch of play, Colombia and Paraguay have a long history. Colombia are ahead since they have won the majority of their meetings. In their most recent meeting, which took place in 2023, Colombia prevailed by a slim 1-0 margin.

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Key Performers

Luis Diaz is poised to earn his 50th cap for Colombia. In their most recent match, he scored his 12th goal for Los Cafeteros; the other goals came from Jhon Cordoba and Jhon Arias, who scored Colombia’s second and third goals, respectively.

In Paraguay’s victory over Panama, Gustavo Velazquez netted his first international goal for his country, and Carlos Coronel had his second clean sheet in his previous three appearances in goal.

Verdict

The Colombians possess defensive rigidity as their Paraguayan counterpart, and we think their experience and momentum will be sufficient to secure a close victory.

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