Cerro Porteño vs Deportivo Capiatá
La Olla, Asunción
10/03/2013; 19:00 (22:00 GMT)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
Week 5 comes to a close on Sunday evening with a game between two strugglers, one is the second most successful club in Paraguayan football while the other finished second in the second division last year. It is also a battle of two new managers who both make their league debuts with their new sides, Chiqui Arce is of course the Cerro Porteño boss while Mario Jacquet (who did so well with Carapeguá in the 2012 Apertura) is now at the helm in Capiatá.
Another lacklustre display, especially defensively, was the cause of yet another defeat for Cerro on Thursday in the Copa Libertadores. Arce will want his side to keep possession but most importantly organise themselves quickly when they lose the ball, otherwise they’ll suffer on the break. With Martinez utterly lost even before his sending off, Arce is bringing Luis Cardozo into centreback and putting in another Paraguay U20s player into defense with Junior Alonso getting his chance at left back. Once again Fabbro will play off the lone striker Santiago Salcedo who felt the wrath of La Olla on Thursday although there is sympathy for the player who is much better with an out-and-out striker partnering him.
Unlike the Intermedia champions General Díaz who have won every single game since promotion, Capiatá are struggling in their new surroundings, averaging 2.25 goals conceded in their opening 4 matches. Only the two Cerro’s (Porteño of Asunción and Presidente Franco) have also failed to keep a cleansheet in their opening four matches.
Arce will be thankful that the fixture list has handed him this game so early into his reign as he has a golden chance to get his first win against the division’s weakest side.
Best Bet: I think Over 2.5 looks a good idea based on both sides defences but also there is a chance that Cerro take all their anger out on Capiatá
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Carlos Bonet, Teodoro Paredes, Luis Cardozo, Junior Alonso; Mathias Corujo, Fidencio Oviedo, Nestor Ramirez, Iván Torres; Jonathan Fabbro; Santiago Salcedo
Capiatá XI (probable): Tobías Vargas, Angel Martinez, Eulogio Tintel, Marcos Acosta Pera, Arturo Aquino; Gustavo Velazquez, Fernando Marquez, Blas Irala, Oscar Ruiz; Elvis Duré, Derlis Maidana
Rubio Ñu vs Sportivo Luqueño
La Arboleda, Asunción
10/03/2013, 16:50 (19:50 GMT)
Another game with two new managers, Carlos Jara Saguier manages the home side against Pepe Cardozo who has taken up the hot seat at Luque. The suggestion is there won’t be any huge changes in playing personnel with both coaches only having a few days with their new squads. Luque’s problem has been goals, they have none in 360 minutes of league football in 2013 a quite baffling statistic considering how close they came to beating Olimpia on the opening day (it ended 0-0). Rubio Ñu have scored one goal in every game, their problem has been down the other end keeping just one cleansheet in the four matches so of course they only have one win. With both managers probably preferring to avoid defeat more than anything else I can see this being a draw.
Sol de América vs Cerro de Franco
Luis Alfonso Giagni, Villa Elisa
10/03/2013, 17:15 (20:15 GMT)
Both teams are struggling, the danzarín won their opener 4-1 against Cerro Porteño but since then have been unable to score a goal something which has clearly frustrated the team. Cerro de Franco are leaking goals a la Capiatá and last year’s financial instability persists with players going unpaid and the training resources not what they should be. With that in mind, plus the long journey by bus over to Villa Elisa, I think Cerro de Franco are set for another away defeat. Watch out for Diego Chamorro and Alfredo Mazacotte in the Sol de América side, two tricky midfielder players capable of scoring.
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By Ralph Hannah