International Friendlies – Saudi Arabia vs Paraguay Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Saudi Arabia vs Paraguay kick off? Tuesday 19th November, 2019 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Saudi Arabia vs Paraguay being played? King Saud University Stadium

What TV channel is Saudi Arabia vs Paraguay on? SNT Paraguay (Paraguay), Saudi Sports 1 (Saudi Arabia)

Where can I stream Saudi Arabia vs Paraguay? No streaming info available

Where can I get tickets for Saudi Arabia vs Paraguay? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match

THE TEAM NEWS

SAUDI ARABIA

  • Saudi Arabia are coming off a hard-worked 3-2 away win over Uzbekistan the last time out, and they enter this matchup riding an impressive five-game undefeated streak (W2, D3) in all competitions. Saudi Arabia have won just thrice in their last 10 games in all competitions (W3, D4, L3) but two of those wins have come in their last three matches.
  • Manager Hervé Renard wants to see as many players as possible ahead of tougher World Cup Qualifying rounds. Due to this, eight of the more experienced players that featured against Uzbekistan won’t be available here. Expect the Saudi squad to face this game with an alternative team.

Expected Starting XI: Mohammed Al-Owais; Saud Abdulhamid, Mohammed Al-Khabrani, Ziyad Al-Sahafi, Abdulrahman Al-Obaid; Abdulaziz Al-Bishi, Abdulrahman Al-Dossari, Abdullah Al-Khaibari, Yahya Al-Shehri; Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Firas Al-Buraikan

PARAGUAY

  • Paraguay are coming off a tight 1-0 away win over Bulgaria in their most recent friendly match, and that made it two straight games without defeat for La Albirroja. Paraguay have gone undefeated in three of their last four matches but they have won just thrice in their last 10 outings in all competitions (W3, D3, L4).
  • Manager Eduardo Berizzo won’t have any injury concerns ahead of this match, but the squad selected for this contest shows he is still searching for the best alternatives and a potential best XI moving forward. Names that stand out include Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron and West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena, while notable absentees are Juan Rodrigo Rojas, Hernan Perez, Federico Santander and veteran striker Roque Santa Cruz.

Expected Starting XI: Antony Silva; Jorge Moreira, Fabián Balbuena, Gustavo Gómez, Blas Riveros; Ramón Martínez, Jorge Morel, Mathías Villasanti, Miguel Almirón; Derlis González; Darío Lezcano

THE PREDICTION

Four of Paraguay’s last five matches have produced under 2.5 goals scored, while three of Saudi Arabia’s last five have featured three or more total goals. Both sides have been going through poor runs of form in recent months, but both seem to be turning things around of late. Paraguay might have slightly more technical ability, but Saudi Arabia have the edge of playing at home. All signs point towards this game being a low-scoring draw with little to no action at either end of the pitch.

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