The prospect of a quarterfinal appearance for the United States national team in the Copa America 2016 is very much likely as it faces Paraguay Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia this Saturday.
Paraguay meanwhile is facing a must win game if it wants to have the chance to enter the quarterfinals of the tournament.
USA is favored to come through t with a win in this match with the score predicted at 1-0
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USA has several paths to the quarterfinals
A win will automatically put the US national team on the Copa America 2016 knockout stages. However it also will reach the round with a draw against Paraguay should Colombia either wins or draws its match against Costa Rica, MLS Soccer reports.
A loss by Colombia will put the US at the top of Group A and even if it draws with Paraguay, the US is predicted to advance as it has a six goal difference on Costa Rica.
Paraguay’s bleak chances
In order for Paraguay to advance, it must defeat the US national team and hopes that Colombia either wins or draws with Costa Rica.
Predictions of going to the next round of Copa America 2016 are bleaker however for Paraguay with the US only needing one point to advance, according to Bleacher Report.
The Paraguay football squad has scored only one goal combined in its first two games one more than Costa Rica.
Paraguay has struggled against Costa Rica during their match making only one shot on goal compared to four for its opponent in the draw. This is not rather a good sign for the Paraguayan team.
Paraguay however performed much better during its 2-1 loss to the Colombian. Trailing 2-0, it did not give up. Victor Ayala finally scored during the 71st minute.
Paraguay is predicted to play all out again in another close loss as the Americans tighten up their defense and post their second consecutive shutout.
The betting odds favored the US national team with +105 while Paraguay is at +270. The odds for a draw is at +240.