Copa Sudamericana 2012: Tacuary vs Cobreloa preview

Tacuary vs Cobreloa
Estadio Roberto Bettega
24/07/2012, 20.30 (01:30 BST)

The team that finished bottom of the Apertura table are in continental action for the first time since 2007 and will be desperate to try and spring a surprise against their Chilean opponents in the first leg of their first round tie. Tacuary have brought back striker Ramon Cardozo after a successful stint in Perú but it is their defence that will be key. Remember the preview to the other game tonight involving Olimpia is here. 

Tacuary look forward to their first continental game in 5 years – Photo: Futgol3D.radio970am.com.py

Gonzalo Ocampo usually prefers a 4-5-1 formation but is expected to go for a 4-4-2 to partner Cardozo with Jorge Ortega, also on the right-hand side of midfielder is Reinaldo Ocampo a talented winger. The defence’s key component is Carlos Servín, an outstanding young goalkeeper, and also includes ex-Liverpool central defender Ronald Huth. Expect Tacuary to be organised and attempt to score via a set piece or on the counter attack.

Cobreloa were unable to register all of their players in time for this game but still come with a strong team and with ex-Cerro Porteño, Nacional & Libertad coach Javier Torrente at the helm, Tacuary’s defensive style will pose no surprises. My gut feeling says this will be a fairly stale affair with Torrente happy to set his team up defensively to avoid getting hit on the break and waiting for the return leg in Calama where

Tacuary XI (probable): Carlos Servín; Gustavo Gimenez, Ronald Huth, Diego Viera, Gregor Aguayo; Reinaldo Ocampo, Juan Nuñez, Edgar Fernandez, Marcos Acosta Rojas; Jorge Ortega, Ramón Cardozo

Prediction: 0-0 or 1-1

Selected Odds: Tacuary win 2.44, Draw 3.25, Cobreloa win 3.35, 1-1 scoreline 7.0, Under 2.5 goals 1.72

Best Bet: I think Unders seems a pretty safe bet in this one

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Stats and Trivia

Tacuary’s first game against Chilean opposition

Tacuary last 5 home (All Competitions)

Pld 5 W 0 D 4 L 1 GF 3 GA 6

Tacuary results in Continental Competitions

Tacuary 1-1 Defensor Sporting – Copa Sudamericana 2007

Defensor Sporting 3-0 Tacuary – Copa Sudamericana 2007

Tacuary 2-2 Palmeiras – Copa Libertadores 2005

Palmeiras 2-0 Tacuary – Copa Libertadores 2005

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By Ralph Hannah

Author’s Note: All odds correct at the time of writing via Betfair

One response to “Copa Sudamericana 2012: Tacuary vs Cobreloa preview

  1. Pingback: Copa Sudamericana 2012: Danubio vs Olimpia preview | The Paraguay Football Blog

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