Clausura 2012: Nacional vs Cerro Porteño preview

Nacional vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio Arsenio Erico
09/12/2012; 17:15 (20:15 GMT)

The Barrio Obrero derby will be staged at the compact Arsenio Erico with Nacional keen to keep up their excellent home record, eight wins from their previous nine. In general they have been in formidable shape winning seven of the last eight games to keep up with Libertad a the top of the table. Today only a win will do for Gustavo Moringío’s side, the manager was on the pitch in the corresponding fixture in the 2011 Clausura and scored an equaliser that day.

Nacional hope to rise to the top at the Arsenio Erico - Photo: Prensa Club Nacional

Nacional hope to rise to the top at the Arsenio Erico – Photo: Prensa Club Nacional

Nacional line up in their usual 4-4-1-1 with Cáceres Cañete just behind the big Brazilian Teixeira – in defence the key player has been Raúl Piris this season and he will look to win everything in the air, also goalkeeper Ignacio Don has played to his very high standards with Nacional’s defensive record improving greatly in the Clausura. Their biggest opponent going into this match is themselves, they can’t let the pressure get to them and must keep cool heads in the afternoon sunshine in Barrio Obrero today.

Cerro Porteño continue with a mixed team as they look to blood a few youngsters, such as 20-year-old Oscar Romero who scored in the previous game against Luque. Alexis Gonzalez and Iván Torres are also expected to play with Fidencio Oviedo and Jonathan Fabbro taking a rest. The azulgrana are on a three-game winless run with the side demotivated once the chance of more silverware was out of the equation.

Prediction: 2-1

Best Bet: Usually regardless of what side Cerro Porteño put out they score so Both Teams To Score might be better than the home win

Nacional XI (probable): Ignacio Don; Ramón Coronel, Leonardo Cáceres, Raúl Piris, Marcos Miers; Derlis Orué, Marcos Riveros, Silvio Torales, Marcos Melgarejo; César Cáceres Cañete; Rodrigo Teixeira.

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Roberto Fernández; Gonzalo Viera, Mariano Uglessich, Luis Cardozo; Carlos Bonet, Julio Dos Santos, Alexis González, Iván Torres, Walter López; Santiago Salcedo, Óscar Romero

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