Olimpia vs Guaraní
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
19/05/2013; 18:20 (23:20 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
The clásico añejo is the oldest game in Paraguayan football and it will be Guaraní who are the more motivated, a win could take them into second place after a slow start to the year. Olimpia are fully concentrated on the Copa Libertadores quarter final next week against Fluminense, with that in mind it is a team unrecognizable from the side that won in this stadium in midweek against Tigre. It will be the 274th meeting between the sides, Olimpia have 130 wins, Guarani have 72 and there have been 71 draws.
There is no doubt that a quarter-final tie outweighs a league match and Ever Almeida is resting almost everybody and fielding a parallel side. There is still plenty of quality, Arnaldo Castorino has three in his previous two league matches including a fabulous winner against Luque. In defence he is likely to go to four at the back with Enrique Meza and Carlos Paredes providing experience in the middle of the defensive line. Tomás Guzman has a chance to shine as playmaker instead of Juan Manuel Salgueiro.
Guaraní pulled off a great win against Libertad only to draw with lowly Capiatá the following weekend, it has been the story of their season yet they are still in with a good chance of Copa Libertadores qualification thanks to their respectable points total. The partnership of Dante López and Rodrigo Teixeira will definitely test the Olimpia rearguard today and the aurinegro will definitely be highly motivated knowing that a win can catapult them up the table.
Best Bet: The result should go in Guaraní’s favour but their inconsistency makes me prefer betting on Over 2.5 goals today
Olimpia XI (probable): Victor Centurión; Aquilino Giménez, Kike Meza, Carlos Paredes, Eugenio Montiel; Jorge Báez, Fabio Caballero, Hernan Perez, Tomás Guzman; Arnaldo Castorino, Enzo Prono
Guarani XI (probable): Pablo Aurrecochea, Eduardo Filippini, Julio César Cáceres, Miguel Paniagua, Edgar Aranda, Juan Aguilar, Marcelo Palau, Sergio Orteman, Luis De la Cruz, Rodrigo Teixeira, Dante López
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By Ralph Hannah