General Díaz vs Olimpia
Juan Canuto Pettengill, Itaguá
11/05/2013; 17:00 (22:00 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
Only the second ever meeting between the sides with General Diaz the victors of the first match up, a typically hard-fought 1-0 win. Since that win the Aguilas have got worse while Olimpia have recovered their form and are winning at all costs – even last week when they conceded three to Luque!
The game is on neutral ground with General Diaz still unable to use their stadium in the Primera division, both teams travel out to Itaguá for this one. Gabriel Avalos is set to start up front, he scored the winner in the previous meeting. The combative defensive partnership of José Cáceres and Dionisio Mereles are likely to have their hands full today with the physical ‘Tanque’ Ferreyra starting up front for Olimpia.
With the Tigre game next week the priority, Ever Almeida is expected to ring the changes and there could be a rare start for Enzo Prono who will offer the pace and movement behind Ferreyra. Youngster Eugenio Montiel should come in on the left while there is a return to the starting XI for Jorge Baez who had made way recently. In defence both Julio Manzur and Enrique Meza are unlikely to play any part.
Best Bet: Although it is a ‘weakened’ team there are plenty of players who will want to stake a place in the Olimpia first team, the opposition are also in a slump – Away Win
General Díaz XI (probable): Arístides Florentín; Walter Cabrera, Dionisio Mereles, Jorge Cáceres, Marcos Gamarra; Alfredo Cano, Cristian Sosa, Carlos Vera Benítez, Diego Vera; Robert Noguera, Gabriel Ávalos
Olimpia XI (probable): Martín Silva; Carlos Humberto Paredes, Herminio Miranda, Salustiano Candia; Aquilino Giménez, Jorge Báez, Fabio Caballero, Richard Ortiz, Eugenio Montiel; Enzo Prono, Juan Carlos Ferreyra
Nacional vs Cerro de Franco
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
11/05/2013; 19:10 (00:10 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
Cerro de Franco were the only team to defeat Nacional in the first round of games, they will now try to do the double over the league leaders as they make the trip from the East over to Asunción. Gustavo Moringio plans to bring in some fresh faces to ward off fatigue as the Academia try and stay on course for their 9th league title.
While we can’t be sure who will make way, all indications suggest that Marcos Miers, Carlos Ruiz Peralta and Ramón Cardozo will be handed a start tonight in Sajonia. Julian Benitez is the form man up front, scoring 10 goals this season and is usually the player to break the deadlock so don’t be surprised if he opens the scoring. The home side will more than likely dominate the midfield – Marco Melgarejo was on the scoresheet against Carapeguá, Marcos Riveros the game before that (vs Cerro Porteño) and Silvio Torales before that (vs Sol).
Cerro de Franco are having another good season and are still out of the danger zone, they have relied mainly on their home form with last week’s defeat to Rubio Ñu their first in Alto Parana in 2013. They are yet to win in Asunción with their best result being a 1-1 draw which they’ve managed on three occassions. This is by far their hardest test on the road to date as Nacional are on such good form.
Best Bet: Positive it will be a home win, maybe go for Nacional -1 on the Asian Handicap to boost your value as they’ve been scoring freely recently (10 goals in 3 games)
Nacional XI (probable): Justo Villar; Ramon Coronel, Raul Piris, Leandro Caceres, Marcos Miers; Carlos Ruiz Peralta, Silvio Torales, Marcos Riveros, Marcos Melgarejo; Julian Benitez, Ramon Cardozo
Cerro de Franco XI (probable): Francisco Olmedo; Gustavo Noguera, Marco Perez, Gustavo Velazquez, Cristian Ramirez; Reinaldo Lopez, Miguel Godoy, Salvador Portillo, Cristian Andersen; Claudio Delgado, Sergio Samudio
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By Ralph Hannah