Clausura 2012: Cerro Porteño vs Libertad

Libertad vs Cerro Porteño
Defensores del Chaco
25/11/2012; 19:00 (22:00 GMT)

Following Guaraní’s win against Olimpia last night, these two sides know that only three points will be sufficent to keep in the title race, don’t expect either to settle for a draw. Recently these games have been pulsating encounters – in the 2011 Clausura Cerro earned a controversial 1-0 victory with the game played over two different days following crowd trouble. In the 2012 Apertura Libertad were the victors 2-1 thanks to Rodolfo Gamarra’s later winner made all the more dramatic because of the biblical storm that broke out in the second half. And most recently there was a 3-3 draw as Cerro turned around a two-goal deficit only to concede a late penalty.

Gamarra’s epic late winner – Photo: abc.com.py

As always Fossati goes with his 3-4-1-2 and after recent rotation he has what could be considered his strongest eleve available including ex-Libertad stalwart Carlos Bonet. It is a potentially significant game for Jonathan Fabbro who is looking for his 60th goal in Paraguayan football today. Libertad on the other hand also have a strong side with the Nuñez/Velazquez partnership up front and they have just put seven goals past Rubio Ñu in their previous game.

The last meeting was 3-3 – Photo: D10.com.py

As with yesterday’s crunch game it is hard to pick a winner, my feeling is it definitely won’t be a draw with both teams fighting until the last. Libertad’s slightly more organised defence might have an edge but then organisation can’t do much against the individual brilliance of Fabbro et al. In this type of game I’m thinking the more offensive side will win so I’m siding with Cerro Porteño.

Prediction: 1-2

Libertad XI (probable): Rodrigo Muñoz; Jorge Moreira, Joe Bizera, Ismael Benegas, Miguel Angel Samudio; Nelson Romero, Sebastián Eguren, Sergio Aquino, William Mendieta; José Ariel Núñez, Pablo Velázquez

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Mariano Uglessich, Pedro Benítez, César Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio dos Santos, Walter López; Jonathan Fabbro; Santiago Salcedo, Roberto Nanni

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals is the most obvious with the two highest scorers in the league going head-to-head

By Ralph Hannah

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