Paraguay receives Venezuela in Asunción this Thursday with the obligation to add three points that will allow it to position itself on the road to Qatar, the same mission as Vinotinto, which is in the last place in the leaderboard.
La Albirroja is in sixth place, with eight points, while Venezuela closes the list with four.
The locals have only won one of the eight games played, precisely against Venezuela (0-1), something that it is urgent to repeat to get closer to the qualifying zone and, also, to calm the waters on the bench.
And it is that the scarce offensive capacity of the Guarani has generated a shower of criticism about the coach, the Argentine Eduardo Berizzo, with voices calling for his resignation.
In fact, in Sunday’s game, in which Paraguay drew with Colombia at home (1-1), part of the public shouted for the coach’s departure, who had already been questioned a week before for the defeat in Ecuador (0- 2).
Against Venezuela, Berizzo would rehearse in attack with Sebastián Ferreira, the goalscorer of the Paraguayan club Libertad, whom he would make his debut to accompany the usual Ángel Romero.
Ferreira would be the option in the absence, due to family circumstances, of TonySanabria, author of the goal against Colombia.
A wild card for the second half could be the veteran Libertad striker Óscar Cardozo, who was called up the day before to fill the gap for Sanabria.
Berizzo will not have the injured Brazilian Flamengo midfielder Robert Piris Da Motta, although he recovers the defender Junior Alonso, from Atlético Mineiro, who due to a warning did not play against Colombia.
The Venezuelans, who held their first training session in Asunción on Tuesday, have lost to Peru (0-1) on Sunday.
However, coach Leonardo González made a positive reading and highlighted the dedication of his men when playing a large part of the game with ten players after the expulsion of Tomás Rincón.
Venezuela displayed a certain dangerousness in that clash, based on fast passes that together with the moving Jefferson Soteldo are its main weapons.
Paraguay: Antony Silva; Santiago Arzamendia, Fabián Balbuena, Junior Alonso and Robert Rojas; Alejandro Romero, Mathias Villasanti, Héctor Martínez and Lorenzo Melgarejo; Ángel Romero and Sebastián Romero.
Coach: Eduardo Berizzo.
Venezuela: Wuilker Fariñez, Nahuel Ferraresi, Jhon Chancelor, Júnior Moreno and Óscar González; Jefferson Savarino, Ronald Hernández, Yeferson Soteldo and Eduard Bello; John Murillo and Eric Ramírez.
Coach: Leonardo González.
Referee: Chilean Roberto Tobar Stadium: Defensores del Chaco, in Asunción.
Time: 18.30 (PAR)