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Venezuela vs Paraguay betting tips: World Cup qualifier preview, predictions and odds

Venezuela vs Paraguay odds and betting statistics

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Venezuela vs Paraguay match preview

These two teams are both outsiders to qualify, even with seven spots now up for grabs, so both will be desperate to claim a victory in Maturín.

Venezuela are the only one of CONMEBOL’s ten members to have never made it to a World Cup, hoping FIFA’s expansion of the competition will make their dream more attainable.

Fernando Batista’s team got their campaign up-and-running on Thursday night, beaten 1-0 by Colombia in Barranquilla, the match significantly more one-sided than this would suggest.

La Vinotinto have now won just five of their last 38 World Cup qualifiers, so can Venezuela slightly improve that very underwhelming ratio here?

Paraguay meantime were held to a goalless draw by Peru at Estadio Antonio Aranda in the opening game of 2026 qualification anywhere in the world.

Los Guaraníes were frustrated not to win, mustering 19 shots, six on target, to Peru’s five shots, none of which were on frame, up against ten-men for the entire second half, but unable to break the deadlock.

In 2022 qualifying, Paraguay did beat Venezuela both home and away, but have not won three successive meetings with them since 2000.

Will there be a winner at Estadio Monumental de Maturín?

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