Copa Sudamericana 2012: O’Higgins vs Cerro Porteño preview

O’Higgins vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio El Teniente
26/07/2012, 20:30 (01:30 BST)

The Paraguayan champions take on the Chilean vice-champions in this intriguing clash in Rancagua, it is Cerro Porteño’s first Copa Sudamericana game since 2010. With a host of new signings during the close season the azulgrana are expected to make a big push for continental glory in this their centenary year. Check out the preview for tonight’s other game involving Guaraní.

The champions look relaxed on flight to Chile – Photo: Julio Dos Santos Twitter

Uruguayan coach will stick with his 3-5-2 system that has worked well so far, it is a fluid system with playmaker Jonathan Fabbro getting close to the strikers so at times looks like a 3-4-3. Carlos Bonet, recently acquired from Libertad, is set to make his debut at right wingback while Hernan Rodrigo López was registered just in time and is expected to partner Santiago Salcedo up front. Like Olimpia on Tuesday the emphasis will be on not losing with Fidencio Oviedo a key component in breaking up play.

O’Higgins are back on the international stage after a 20-year drought without the man who helped get them there, Enzo Gutierrez, who was snapped up by Chilean title winners Universidad de Chile. They will probably line up in their familiar 4-3-3 formation which includes Paraguayan Rodrigo Rojas in midfield. He is a dangerman but the away side look stronger all over the pitch and I expect Cerro to take at least a point here.

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Luis Cardozo, Pedro Benítez, Cesar Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio dos Santos, Walter López; Jonathan Fabbro; Rodrigo López, Santiago Salcedo

Prediction: 1-1

Selected Odds: O’Higgins win 2.1, Draw 3.55, Cerro Porteño win 3.85, 1-1 scoreline 7.2, Under 2.5 goals 1.92

Best Bet: Backing Cerro DNB (Draw No Bet) looks pretty tempting at 2.46 as I don’t think they will lose and could overpower O’Higgins if they click offensively

For more betting tips visit CaStRoF betting tips

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Stats and Trivia

Cerro Porteño vs Chilean opposition (Continental Competition)

Pld 32 W 15 D 6 L 11 GF 51 GA 39 – stat via Estadisticas Cerro

Cerro Porteño haven’t won any of the last four Copa Sudamericana games, losing three and drawing one

Cerro Porteño last 5 away (Copa Sudamericana)

Pld 5 W 2 D 0 L 3 GF 7 GA 8

O’Higgins last 5 home (all competitions)

Pld 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 GF 9 GA 8

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FULL SQUAD LIST

GK: 1. Roberto Junior Fernandez, 12. Diego Barreto, 25. Pablo Gavilan

DEF: 2. Cesar Benitez, 4. Pedro Benitez, 11. Carlos Bonet, 6.Gonzalo Viera, 7. Walter Lopez, 15.Luis Cardozo

MID: 3. Alexis Gonzalez, 10. Julio Dos Santos, 16. Fidencio Oviedo, 17. Jonathan Fabbro, 18. Jorge Rojas, 24. José Domingo Salcedo

ATT: 8. Germán Alemanno, 9. Guillermo Beltran, 14. Oscar Romero, 19. Hernán Rodrigo Lopez, 20. Alejandro da Silva, 21. Santiago Salcedo

By Ralph Hannah

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

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One response to “Copa Sudamericana 2012: O’Higgins vs Cerro Porteño preview

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