Apertura 2013 Week 14: Cerro de Franco vs Cerro Porteño preview

Cerro de Franco vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio Don Felipe Gimenez, Presidente Franco
18/05/2013; 15:00 (20:00 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)

The two Cerro’s meet in the east of the country for the third time since 2012 with Cerro Porteño hoping to record their third win as visitors. They go into the game on the back of two comprehensive wins and the player’s seem to have been paid all the bonuses owed (although it is unclear if they are owed wages still). Cerro de Franco on the other hand have lost their previous two games and are without a win in four, that negative record could be extended today.

Photo: Club Cerro Porteño

Photo: Club Cerro Porteño

Cerro de Franco have relied mainly on their home form with last week’s defeat to Rubio Ñu their first in Alto Parana in 2013. Having said that they always struggle against their namesake’s from Asunción and haven’t beaten them since ascending to Primera last year. Last week’s 4-1 defeat to Nacional exposed their frailities in defence, they’ve conceded 21 goals so far in 13 games, in last year’s Apertura they only let in 29 in all 22 games.

Cerro Porteño are purring, the 4-0 win against Sol was followed up by a 3-0 versus Carapeguá the most important thing being the two cleansheets, something that was amiss in Chiqui Arce’s early games. Fabbro is playing well and in his favoured position with the wonderful movement of Angel Romero giving the playmaker more space to work with. In defence there is one change from last week as Gonzalo Viera steps in for the (unfairly) suspended Teodoro Paredes as one of the three centre backs. In midfield Nestor Ramirez is growing into his position in left wingback having replaced Jorge Balbuena (also suspended).

Prediction: 1-2

Best Bet: Away win here, momentum with Cerro Porteño and Chiqui Arce has got them playing how he wants

Cerro de Franco XI (possible): Francisco Olmedo; Gustavo Noguera, Jorge Aguero,  Gustavo Velazquez, Cristian Ramirez; Reinaldo Lopez, Miguel Godoy, Salvador Portillo, Cristian Andersen; Claudio Delgado, Sergio Samudio

Cerro Porteño XI (confirmed): Roberto Fernández; Gonzalo Viera, Luis Cardozo, César Benítez; Matías Corujo, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio dos Santos, Néstor Ramírez; Jonathan Fabbro; Ángel Romero, Guillermo Beltrán

There is a live market of this game available on Betfair

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By Ralph Hannah

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