Mineros de Guayana vs Cerro Porteño
Centro Total de Entretenimiento Cachamay
29/08/2012, 20:45 (01:45 BST)
Cerro Porteño find themselves with arguably an easier tie than in the first round where they played the Chilean vice-champions, in Ciudad Guayana they face the 2011 Venezuelan cup winners. The onus as always in away game is to avoid defeat but the Paraguayans will be confident they can snatch a win in Puerto Ordaz on the Caribbean coast. They have a decent record on their travels to Venezuela having beaten Táchira (2-0) and drawing with Petare (1-1) there in the 2011 Libertadores.
Jorge Fossati seems to naturally favour attack as the best form of defence, at least with the players he has at his disposal. The coach will stick with the standard 3-5-2 system that has worked well so far as Jonathan Fabbro joins attacks and Fidencio Oviedo is the key ball winner in the middle of the park. Luis Cardozo is the only injury concern, he hasn’t be able to shake a niggle and Mariano Uglessich will continue in defence.
Mineros de Guayana are a bit of a surprise package, or to be blunt I haven’t seen them play before this tournament and can only speculate as to how they will play. From what I’ve read they are an experienced and organised group of players and they shouldn’t be written off having beaten La Equidad in both legs in the 1st phase. Alejandro Guerra was the star in that tie, the midfielder scoring in both games, and is a two-time Venezuelan champion with former club Caracas FC.
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Mariano Uglessich, Pedro Benítez, Cesar Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio dos Santos, Walter López; Jonathan Fabbro; Rodrigo López, Santiago Salcedo
Selected Odds: Mineros win 2.8, Draw 3.25, Cerro Porteño win 2.82, 0-2 scoreline 15.5, Under 2.5 goals 1.72
Best Bet: Backing Cerro DNB (Draw No Bet) saved me in their previous away leg to O’Higgins and I think at evens it is a nice bet to take instead of the outright win especially if, like me, you are smarting from the Olimpia loss last night
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Stats and Trivia
Cerro Porteño vs Venezuelan opposition (in Venezuela)
Pld 9 W 5 D 3 L 1 – stat via Andres Riquelme
Cerro Porteño last 5 away (Copa Sudamericana)
Pld 5 W 1 D 1 L 3 GF 8 GA 10
Mineros last 5 home (all competitions)
Pld 5 W 3 D 0 L 2 GF 7 GA 6
FULL SQUAD LIST
GK: Roberto Junior Fernandez, Diego Barreto, Pablo Gavilan
DEF: Cesar Benitez, Pedro Benitez, Carlos Bonet, Gonzalo Viera, Walter Lopez, Mathias Corujo, Victor Hugo Mareco
MID: Julio Dos Santos, Fidencio Oviedo, Jonathan Fabbro, Jorge Rojas, José Domingo Salcedo, Edgar Gonzalez, Juan Manuel Lucero
ATT: Hernán Rodrigo Lopez, Alejandro da Silva, Santiago Salcedo, Roberto Nanni
By Ralph Hannah
Author’s Note: All odds correct at the time of writing via Betfair