Paraguay - Jamaica: Group B underdogs go head-to-head

Lucas Barrios scored the equalizer against Argentina in a 2-2 draw, after Paraguay had went 2-0 down at half-time , as the first upset so far in this upset filled Copa America

Form heading into the Group B match

Having made the final without winning a single game in the the 2011 Copa America, La Albirroja have struggled for form recently. Paraguay were unable to qualify got their fifth straight World Cup last summer, finishing bottom of the qualification table. Jamaica on the other-hand, are aiming for their first win in their first ever Copa America, after being narrowly beaten by defending champions Uruguay in their last match.


With the astonishing comeback in their opening game against Argentina, expectations have been raised dramatically for Ramon Diaz's side, as they look to secure all three points against the Jamaicans. ''They should great determination and character by not giving up,'' the Argentine stated, knowing that a win for his side could see them through to the quarterfinals, exceeding all predictions made by the Paraguayan press and doubters of the side in the heart of South America.


However it will not be easy, as the Jamaicans shown that they are capable of creating an upset, having given Uruguay a huge test in their Copa America opener. Manager, Winfried Schafer, has set up his team to be solid at the back, but is also determined to allow his forwards offensive freedom.

the German stated ahead of his side's meeting with Paraguay that he is hoping to reach the Copa America quarter-finals.

With Uruguay and Argentina set to meet in Group B today also, a win for either side could put them in a strong position to qualify for the next round.

Prediction and players to watch

Anything is possible but following the performance against Argentina, Paraguay will be on a high going into this game and will look to get a good victory here. Knowing this Jamaican side however, this will not be an easy task.

Nelson Haedo Valdez of Paraguay could be the danger-man up front for Paraguay, after his impressive goal-scoring performance against Argentina.

For Jamaica, it will be Darren Mattocks, whose pace and attacking potency he could cause an experienced Paraguayan backline numerous problems.

Team News:

Paraguay possible XI: Justo Villar; Marcos Caceres, Paulo Da Silva, Miguel Samudio, Fabian Balbuena, Nelson Valdez, Richar Ortiz, Victor Caceres, Nestor Ortigoza, Edgar Benitez, Roque Santa Cruz

Jamaica possible XI: Dwayne Miller; Jermaine Taylor, Adrian Mariappa, Wes Morgan, Kemar Lawrence; Je-Vaughn Watson, Rodolph Austin, Aaron McAnuff, Giles Barnes; Mattocks, Deshorn Brown