Guaraní vs Libertad
Estadio Rogelio Livieres a.k.a Dos Bocas
30/10/2012, 19.30 (22.30 GMT)
First plays second in this intriguing battle at Dos Bocas – the previous meeting at this ground was a fantastic end-to-end game which Libertad won 3-2. The home team will be desperate to make amends in this match in what has evolved into arguably the biggest game in Paraguay not involving Cerro and Olimpia.
Diego Alonso was annoyed at dropping points in the previous and let his players know, however there are unlikely to be changes from his standard eleven that has brought so much success this season. The Palau/Orteman double in central midfield are so important and will have to control the ball against their advesaries Eguren/Aquino – the winner of that battle could well determine the result. Up front Dante López has been playing especially well and got the goal against Independiente at the weekend, his partnership with Centurión is likely to bring at least one goal.
Libertad also slipped up on Friday night and there are three doubts over the starting line up for this match. Does Israel go for Lucho Cáceres or Nelson Romero in midfield and in defence it could be Gustavo Mencia to left back and Ismael Benegas comes back in as centre half. If the latter happens it is likely Miguel Samudio will lose his place unless he goes in midfield at the expense of Nestor Camacho, that would offer the away side more solidity on the flank with Guaraní favouring width. Up front the pace of Nuñez will test Guaraní’s Luis Cabral who has been excellent recently.
Guaraní XI (probable): Pablo Aurrecochea; Eduardo Filippini, Luís Cabral, Robert Aldama, Édgar Aranda; Luís de La Cruz, Marcelo Palau, Sergio Órteman, Darío Ocampo; Dante López, Diego Centurión.
Libertad XI (possible): Rodrigo Muñoz; Aldo Olmedo, Joe Bizera, Gustavo Mencia; Miguel Samudio/Ismael Benegas; Nelson Romero/Luis Cáceres, Sebastián Eguren, Sergio Aquino, Néstor Camacho; José Ariel Núñez, Pablo Velázquez
Prediction: 2-1 – time for Guaraní to get their own back
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals – during the Clausura on average Guarani games go under but Libertad’s go over, have a feeling this one is going to be the latter.
By Ralph Hannah