Week two starts tonight (Friday) with Tacuary and Libertad on the telly, the big fixture is of course tomorrow’s superclásico which will have it’s own preview due to the magnitude of the game. The round finishes with three games on Sunday.
Tacuary vs Libertad (TV)
Estadio Roberto Bettega
Tacuary are without three players for this home game, Pablo Espinoza is suspended while Reinaldo Ocampo and Marcos Gimenez are ineligible (both owned by Libertad) and will have one eye on the trip to Chile on Tuesday in the Copa Sudamericana. Libertad on the other hand could welcome Sebastián Eguren into the team, with the ex-Villarreal man a possible change in central midfield for the suspended Sergio Aquino. The Velazquez and Nuñez partnership should have enough quality to get a goal while it is unlikely Tacuary can find the net unless Jorge Ortega repeats last weekend’s match-winning performance.
Tacuary XI (probable): Carlos Servín; Gustavo Giménez, Ronald Huth, Diego Viera, Grégor Aguayo; Juan Núñez, Gustavo Noguera, Édgar Fernández, Marcos Acosta Rojas; Raúl Román; Jorge Ortega
Libertad XI (possible): Rodrigo Muñoz; Jorge Moreira, Nery Bareiro, Gustavo Mencia, Miguel Samudio; Nelson Romero, Sebastián Eguren, William Mendieta, Néstor Camacho; José Ariel Nuñez ,Pablo Velázquez
BEST BET: Under 2.5 goals could be good as I can’t see Tacuary beaten out of sight
Olimpia vs Cerro Porteño (TV)
Prediction: CHECK THE SEPARATE PREVIEW HERE
Guaraní vs Independiente
A morale-boosting win against Cerro Porteño will have the aborigen looking to keep their 100% record going against a much weaker Independiente side than the Apertura. They do travel to Bolivia next week but are expected to field a strong side in this league match. Sergio Orteman has shaken off the injury that ruled him out of the Cerro clash so is a possibility in central midfield. Once on the books at Roma, Diego Centurion will expect to keep his place in the starting XI having scored twice in the opening game. Independiente were disappointing on the opening day and as such have made a few changes although their two new Mexican signings aren’t eligible for Saturday’s game.
BEST BET: Home win
Guaraní XI (probable): Pablo Aurrecochea; Tomas Bartomeus, Luis Cabral, Elvis Marecos, Edgar Aranda; Iván González Ferreira, Marcelo Palau, Sergio Orteman/Jorge Mendoza, Dario Ocampo; Carlos Hidalgo, Diego Centurión.
Independiente XI (probable): Roque Cardozo; José Báez, Michel Godoy, Miguel Almirón, Hugo Fleytas Báez; Aldo Vera, Luis Miño, Carlos Machuca, Richard Lugo; Osvaldo Díaz, Gabriel Ávalos
Sol de América vs Rubio Ñu
Estadio Luis Gigani
Rubio Ñu showed their defensive frailities against Olimpia and could well suffer if Sol are on song, usually the danzarín avoid defeat in their home stadium and I expect them to win this one. They have abundant attacking options, Diego Vazquez and Lorenzo Frutos started last weekend with both Cecilio Dominguez and Enzo Prono coming on as subs. Rubio Ñu have won just one game in the last 12 and that was against Tacuary in a game played over two days (after a rain delay!). They need Roberto Gamarra to find his scoring boots, his best source of supply is 40-year-old Roberto Acuña and hard-working left winger Diego Chamorro.
BEST BET: Both teams to score
Nacional vs Sportivo Luqueño
Estadio Arsenio Erico
Nacional have a strong record in the Arsenio Erico and although Luque won on their travels last week it is unlikely they can repeat that. Nacional have Javier Gonzalez fit again which should boost their goalscoring capabilities, he could replace César Florenciañez. Diego Godoy misses out for Luque having been sent off last week but they are expected to send out the same starting eleven (Godoy came on as a sub), it will be interesting to see how the new look defence copes against a stronger side than Cerro de Franco.
BEST BET: Home win
Sportivo Carapeguá vs Cerro de Franco
Estadio Municipal de Carapeguá
The two promoted sides face off in Carapeguá’s new stadium with both looking for their first win of the campaign. Carapeguá will be relying on Jorge Ayala for goals while the away side look to Rogerio Leichtweis. It could be a case of the individual that performs better swings the game in his team’s favour.
BEST BET: Away win is more a hunch, they are strong side though so possibly Draw No Bet on Cerro de Franco works
By Ralph Hannah