I am not here! This has been scheduled so you don’t go without your Paraguay Preview while I am enjoying Easter in the internet free zone of Caraguatay in the Paraguayan countryside. Therefore we have no odds this week as this was written on Tuesday, the kick off times and venues should be correct however as they were re-confirmed on Monday 2nd April at the APF meeting.
Nacional vs Rubio Ñu
Estadio Arsenio Erico
Nacional are likely to rest players ahead of their trip to Ciudad del Este to face Brazilian club Corinthians in the Copa Libertadores but a ‘weakened’ side had no problem beating Independiente 5-2 last Sunday. Rubio Ñu are still finding their feet under new coach Juan Arce, just last weekend they saw three players making their first start of the season as they struggle to find that winning formula. In general Nacional win at the Arsenio Erico, expect more of the same.
Tacuary vs Cerro PF
Estadio Roberto Bettega
Tacuary have to win at some point and this is their best chance, a home game against Cerro de Franco who have struggled away from home. After the horrors of 4-0 and 6-2 thumpings followed by consecutive games with Olimpia and Cerro Porteño (two more defeats) Gonzalo Ocampo’s side recovered stopped the rot with a draw last week to Carapeguá. For possibly the first time this year I’m going for a Tacuary win.
Sol de América vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio Oddone Sarubbi
Sol are one of many teams this year who have had to play Olimpia then Cerro in consecutive games, last week was a tough game and they battled gamely before falling to a Biancucchi strike. With the league’s joint topscorer José Ortigoza on the treatment table at the time of writing, Sol’s attacking capabilities look severely weakened. Cerro Porteño on the other hand are buzzing with energy and have won seven of their last eight. The most notable positive is that Julio Dos Santos has continued to play well despite being moved deeper to accomodate Jony Fabbro. With the game being played on neutral ground there should only be one victor.
Guaraní vs Sportivo Carapeguá
Estadio Rogelio Livieres a.k.a Dos Bocas
Guaraní have struggled to score recently but can feel unlucky to have lost (by the minimum margin) to Olimpia and then Cerro Porteño being reduced to ten men each time. Previous to that Pablo Caballero’s side were on a three-game winning streak and they should recover the magic formula at home against Carapeguá who are heavily reliant on one man. That man is Eduardo Echeverria who has scored five goals in his last five to propel him to the top of the scorer’s ladder with Ortigoza of Sol. If Guaraní can neutralise his threat and
Libertad vs Indendiente
Estadio Nicolas Leoz
Libertad finally tasted victory after a difficult month and have a home game against a broken Independiente side, beaten badly last week. The Gumarelo will probably make changes following Thursday’s Copa game with Nacional and with Pablo Velazquez finding the net last week they’ll be hoping the lanky striker will hit goalscoring form. Independiente for all their troubles haven’t had problems in attack so expect both sides to score.
Olimpia vs Luque
Estadio Manuel Ferreira
At the time of writing Olimpia had just suffered a very heavy defeat at the hands of Lanús in the Copa Libertadores but that will only serve to spur them on against bitter rivals Luque. Last year the auriazul enjoyed a win at home against El Decano but the other three games were convincing victories for the defending champions, 5-0, 4-1 and 2-0. Expect a tight, feisty game to round off Easter Weekend in the Paraguay Apertura, it is one which I think a wounded Olimpia will edge by the odd goal.
By Ralph Hannah