Cerro Porteño vs Colón de Santa Fe
Estadio Gral. Pablo Rojas a.k.a La Olla
23/10/2012, 19.15 (23.15 BST)
1st Leg: 2-1
Almost a month after their epic win in Argentina, Cerro Porteño return to Copa Sudamericana action following the international break with their second leg against Colón de Santa Fe. The Paraguayans will progress by avoiding defeat or losing 1-0, where they would await the winner of Thursday’s game between Deportivo Quito (ECU) and Tigre (ARG) in the quarter finals. We saw in the previous leg that Cerro were not afraid to take the game to their opponents but also rode their luck at times, relying on a series of stupendous saves from Diego Barreto.
A couple of changes to first leg starting XI are expected with the suspended Walter López replaced by Domingo Salcedo, also Roberto Nanni’s goals has made him a fixture in the first team as veteran Uruguayan Rodrigo López drops to the bench. In the first leg set pieces were important, leading to the first goal, and as ever Jonathan Fabbro and Julio Dos Santos will be the men in charge of the dead balls. The important figure too will be Nanni, the Argentine target man has been in good scoring form and is likely to cause Colón trouble at the back.
Colón are on a bad run of form, needing a win tonight they have just one in their last eight and were beaten on Friday by Arsenal who themselves were on a five game winless run prior to that game. Ruben Ramirez was sent off in the incident with Walter López so Emanuel Gigliotti and ex-Cerro striker Jorge Achucarro will probably start up front. Roberto Sensini knows his side must score two for a chance to qualify so expect them to be positive and this will be an open game.
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Mariano Uglessich, Pedro Benítez, César Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Domingo Salcedo; Jonathan Fabbro; Roberto Nanni, Santiago Salcedo
Selected Odds: Cerro win 2.22, Draw 3.45, Colón win 3.65, 3-1 scoreline 21.0, Over 2.5 goals 2.14, Over 3.5 goals 4.0
Best Bet: With Colón no option but to attack and Cerro a naturally offensive side Over 2.5 is a safe bet, if you are adventurous then worth noting Cerro’s previous two home matches in the competition finished 4-0, Over 3.5 could just come off
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Stats and Trivia
Cerro Porteño last 5 home (Copa Sudamericana)
Pld 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 GF 12 GA 4
Colón last 5 away (all competitions)
Pld 5 W 2 D 1 L 2 GF 9 GA 9
FULL SQUAD LIST
GK: Roberto Junior Fernandez, Diego Barreto
DEF: Cesar Benitez, Pedro Benitez, Mariano Uglessich, Carlos Bonet, Gonzalo Viera, Victor Hugo Mareco, Luis Cardozo
MID: Julio Dos Santos, Fidencio Oviedo, Jonathan Fabbro, Jorge Rojas, José Domingo Salcedo, Alexis 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