Cerro Porteño vs Independiente (TV)
22/12/2012; 19:00 (22:00)
Cerro Porteño find themselves very much in the title race thanks to their Barrio Obrero neighbours defeat yesterday, Nacional lost 2-0 to Sol meaning Guaraní have re-taken top spot. A win tonight would put Cerro six points behind with a game in hand and with Guaraní still to play Olimpia on Saturday there is still hope for the azulgrana that they achieve the ‘double’ in their Centenary year.
With Cerro Porteño publicly stating they are in debt and in need of selling before they can bring any new players in, it might be Fossati’s last few weeks at the club (he doesn’t come cheap). The big Uruguayan would love to wrap up his second title of the year and is very motivated as are his team to take maximum points from the final six games knowing that both Nacional and Guaraní are suffering from the jitters. Diego Barreto, Mariano Uglessich, Jorge Rojas and Ale Da Silva are set to replace Roberto Fernandez, Pedro Benítez, Carlos Bonet and Santiago Salcedo respectively. The rotation is because Cerro have a busy schedule including Libertad on Sunday and Sol de América next Thursday.
Despite those changes there should be no problem for the home side this evening, the midfield trio of Fidencio Oviedo (who according to one local journalist is of interest to Parma), Julio Dos Santos and Jonathan Fabbro remains intact and they will provide the bullets to ‘El Pistolero’ Roberto Nanni.
As for Independiente they keep chopping and changing in search of that elusive second win of the campaign. One change of note is Roque Cardozo who had a torrid time in goal against Rubio Ñu, two mistakes leading to the opponent’s two goals. Attacking right back Víctor Dávalos is replaced by the more orthodox Rody Martinez and there are two further changes expected with Felipe Gimenez and Gabriel Vieira coming into the side.
Best Bet: If home win doesn’t offer good odds then Over 2.5 goals is a very real possibility given Cerro’s attacking prowess
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Gonzalo Viera, Mariano Uglessich, Luis Cardozo; Jorge Rojas, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Mathias Corujo; Jonathan Fabbro; Alejandro da Silva, Roberto Nanni
Independiente XI (probable): Blas Hermosilla; Rody Martínez, José Báez, Michel Godoy, Mario Cáceres; Aldo Vera, Luis Miño, Michel Romero, Felipe Gimenez, Gabriel Vieiral; Luciano Ursino
By Ralph Hannah