Clausura 2012: Week 6 preview

Olimpia, Cerro Porteño and Guaraní all have Copa Sudamericana matches so their matches have been postponed until a later date, that leaves just three games in round six which will take place on Wednesday at 3pm.

Sol de América vs Sportivo Luqueño
Estadio Luis Alfonso Giagni
29/08/2012, 15:00
Prediction: 1-2

Luque prepare to face Sol – Photo: Prensa Sportivo Luqueño

Sol de América have won just one game this season, against Cerro Porteño, and drawn their other four games 1-1. There is a temptation to think this game will follow suit although Luque have been playing very well and will be confident enough to play for the win. Christian Ovelar is unavailable for the away team (contractual clause) but Guido di Vanni is back from suspension and likely to start up front with Ariel Bogado who scored the winner against Olimpia. Sol are by far the league’s best starters (in terms of goals scored in first 15 minutes) but they have failed to defend the lead in three of their last four games. In the previous meeting between these two sides Sol came out on top thanks to a double from the now-departed José Ortigoza, in the last game at the Luis Giagni it was Luque who came out on top 3-2, and I think they will have enough to win again on Wednesday.

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Carapeguá vs Libertad
Estadio Municipal de Carapeguá
29/08/2012, 15:00

Prediction: 0-2

Libertad have managed to draw their last four games but there is no panic within the ranks as Ruben Israle makes just one change to the side that drew with Sol de América, Joe Bizera (back from suspension) comes into central defence for Ismael Bengeas. Carapeguá are yet to win in their new stadium and they are missing topscorer Jorge Ayala (suspended). They managed to beat Independiente at the weekend thanks to a last minute goal from debutant Arnulfo Colmán but it is unlikely they’ll be able to find a way past Libertad. Away win on the cards.

Libertad XI (probable): Rodrigo Muñoz; Jorge Moreira, Joe Bizera, Gustavo Mencia, Miguel Samudio; Luis Cáceres, Sebastián Eguren, Sergio Aquino, Nelson Romero; José Ariel Núñez, Pablo Velázquez

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Rubio Ñu vs Independiente
La Arboleda
29/08/2012, 15:00
Prediction: 1-1

Independiente were beaten at the death by Carapeguá – Photo: Prensa Independiente de Campo Grande

2nd from bottom plays bottom and there is no doubt these have been the worse two teams of the Clausura. Neither side are leaking goals heavily but cleansheets have been hard to come by. There is the chance that this will be a free-for-all with both sides really going for it as they target this as a game they can win. However, the more likely result is that this is a score draw with neither side good enough defensively to stop the other scoring and neither side strong enough to take all three points.

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By Ralph Hannah

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