Colón de Santa Fe vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López
27/09/2012, 20.25 (01.25 BST)
Cerro Porteño travel to Argentina for their first game in the country since the 0-0 draw with Estudiantes in the 2011 Copa Libertadores. For Jorge Fossati it is a return to the club he managed in 2002 and he expects a tough game stating that a draw wouldn’t be the end of the world. As we enter the ‘business end’ of the competition we will start to see if Fossati can draw on his experience in knock-out competitions as he looks to pick up his fourth continental trophy having won the 2009 Copa and Recopa Sudamericana before taking the AFC Champions League last year. He also finished third in the 2004 Copa América so the Uruguayan knows what is expected of him and his side at this stage of the tournament.
It will be the usual starting XI with Diego Barreto back from suspension to take his place in between the posts having missed out against Mineros. Jonathan Fabbro has four goals so far in the tournament and is as always the man to watch, but another player worth mentioning is 29-year-old Julio Dos Santos. A playmaker by trade he has had to operate deeper in order to accommodate Fabbro but has seemed to find his feet in this new role and is excellent in switching play from one flank to the other to bring Cerro’s wingbacks into play.
Colón have been slightly disappointing recently and are four games without a win following a strong start to the season. In many ways that may galvanise the team, knowing that a title challenge is out of question the Copa Sudamericana is their best chance of silverware. The Santafesinos have a solid defence, as one would expect from a team coached by Sensini, with experienced Bolivian international Ronald Raldes an important figure in the middle. Up front they will play with Ruben Ramirez and he could be partnered by the talented Emanuel Gigliotti. Former Cerro Porteño striker Jorge Achucarro isn’t expected to feature.
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Mariano Uglessich, Pedro Benítez, César Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Walter López; Jonathan Fabbro; Rodrigo López, Santiago Salcedo
Selected Odds: Colón win 1.73, Draw 3.55, Cerro Porteño win 5.5, 1-1 scoreline 7.4, Under 2.5 goals 1.72
Best Bet: Cerro have drawn both their away games so far and a feature of their play has been scoring goals, both teams to score at 2.1 is tempting, I definitely think the home win is too short here
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Stats and Trivia
Cerro Porteño last 5 away (Copa Sudamericana)
Pld 5 W 1 D 2 L 2 GF 9 GA 9
Colón last 5 home (all competitions)
Pld 5 W 2 D 2 L 1 GF 8 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, Luis Cardozo
MID: Julio Dos Santos, Fidencio Oviedo, Jonathan Fabbro, Jorge Rojas, José Domingo Salcedo, Edgar Gonzalez, Juan Manuel Lucero
ATT: 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