Paraguay vs. Argentina, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule

Paolo Bruno

Only a win can reasonably keep Paraguay's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive, while Argentina can clinch a berth on Tuesday.

Paraguay can keep their hopes of making a late run into a World Cup qualifying playoff alive on Tuesday if they pull off a big upset win, but not many expect them to be a match for Argentina. The Albiceleste are on top of the CONMEBOL qualifying table and can punch their ticket to the World Cup Tuesday if results go their way.

While the hosts have a full squad available and are coming off a 4-0 win over Bolivia, Argentina are a bit hobbled. Ezequiel Garay, Gonzalo Higuain, Federico Fernandez and Javier Mascherano are all out. That leaves Argentina a bit thin defensively and without their best pure center forward, but they certainly have the depth to manage without those four players.

It's possible for Argentina to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday even if they are upset by Paraguay. All Argentina have to do is match the result of Uruguay, who play earlier in the day against Colombia. If Colombia win that match, both Argentina and Los Cafeteros will have clinched their bids before any other games take place.

Match date/time: Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. ET

Venue: Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion, Paraguay

TV: beIN Sport en Español (U.S.)

Online: beIN Sport Play (U.S.)

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