Cerro Porteño vs Guaraní
La Olla, Asunción
13/04/2013; 19:20 (00:20 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
The fierce rivalry between these two clubs is renewed in La Olla tonight as Cerro Porteño try to win two league games in a row for the first time in five months. The midweek thrashing in Peru shouldn’t really be considered today as almost none of that side will feature today. Guaraní have been a bit inconsistent, only one defeat in the last five but also they’ve only found the net four times in that period.
Chiqui Arce has decided to stick with three at the back today even if they did concede two in the previous match against General Diaz. I think Arce sees it as a better way to build attacking moves and ultimately, like Fossati, he knows this team have a better chance of winning by outscoring the opposition rather than trying to defend a slender lead. The player to watch out for (other than the obvious Jonathan Fabbro) is 20-year-old Angel Romero, two goals from rebounds in the area last week but he is much more than an instinctive finisher – bundles of talent and clever movement off the ball, one for the future.
Guaraní couldn’t break down Nacional last week but much was to do with another inspired performance from Justo Villar in the Academia goal rather than profligate finishing from the aborigen. They are likely to field the same side for the third consecutive game as Diego Alonso looks to profit from stability. Dario Ocampo could have fun running at Cerro’s wingbacks while the duel between Marcelo Palau and Jonathan Fabbro will be important. Julio Cesar Caceres needs to use all his experience to avoid being isolated one-on-one with Romero, if that happens he is likely to lose out to the youngster’s pace.
Best Bet: Tough one today, I think Cerro have turned the corner so maybe DNB will be the way to go, not expecting huge amounts of goals although the home side are always capable of scoring or conceding 2!
Cerro Porteño XI (CONFIRMED): Roberto Fernández; Luis Cardozo, Teodoro Paredes, Junior Alonso; Mathías Corujo, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Jorge Balbuena; Jonathan Fabbro; Ángel Romero, Santiago Salcedo
Guaraní XI (probable): Pablo Aurrecochea; Eduardo Filippini, Miguel Paniagua, Julio Cesar Cáceres, Elvis Marecos; Iván González Ferreira, Juan Aguilar, Marcelo Palau, Darío Ocampo; Dante López, Rodrigo Teixeira
Nacional vs Rubio Ñu
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
13/04/2013; 17:00 (22:00 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
Before the clásico it is the chance to see the league leaders Nacional in action against a Rubio Ñu side that just keeps drawing 1-1 (four of their last five). Undoubtedly it is the Academia who are favourites for this game, their run of five straight wins ended with that goalless draw to Guarani last weekend. Rubio Ñu have been strong from set pieces and have earned a point having been a goal down in the last three games so you can’t knock their fighting spirit.
Nacional have relied on Justo Villar in the previous two matches in which they’ve managed a cleansheet, they didn’t manage to score for the first time this season in that game but can now recall topscorer Julian Benítez back (he was ineligible to play against his parent club Guarani). Marcos Riveros and Silvio Torales will look to control things in the midfield with the opposition expecting to field teenager Angel Lucena in the centre today.
Former West Ham Utd loanee Brian Montenegro has been the shining light in the albiverde this year, he has two goals so far and is the most likely to score from open play today. I think the most likely source of a goal however is a dead ball situation, in recent games Fredy Vera and Fabian Balbuena have profited from corners. One area of weakness could be the flanks, with Nacional so strong through Marcos Melgarejo and Gustavo Cristaldo it could be difficult for Baéz and Ruiz to cope.
Best Bet: Nacional to win may be a tad short so look at Nacional HT/FT because Rubio Ñu have a habit of conceding the opening goal and that could certainly arrive in the first 45.
Nacional XI (probable): Justo Villar; Ramon Coronel, Raul Piris, Jose Caceres, David Mendoza; Marcos Melgarejo, Marcos Riveros, Silvio Torales, Gustavo Cristaldo; Ramon Cardozo, Julian Benítez
Rubio Ñu XI (probable): Jorge Chena; Fredy Vera, Oscar Ayala, Fabian Balbuena; José Baez, Osvaldo Hobecker, Jose Domingo Salcedo, Angel Lucena, Nelson Ruiz; Brian Montenegro, Carlos Diaz
By Ralph Hannah