Nacional vs Guaraní
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
15/06/2013; 17:30 (22:30 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
The newly crowned league champions take on Guaraní who are battling with Cerro Porteño and Libertad for a second-placed finish. In theory Nacional have little to play for, yet four wins in their final four games would break the record points total in a short season currently at 57 points (Libertad in the 2008 Apertura).
Morinigo refuses to take his foot of the gas and will feel his strongest side possible in this clash, a contractual clause means topscorer Julian Benítez is unable to play against his parent club with the replacement most likely to be Angel Orué. Another change is in goal with Justo Villar joining Colo Colo of Chile it allows for the return of stalwart Ignacio Don. Silvio Torales is suspended so Carlos Ruiz Peralta will step into the midfield.
The constant rumours over Diego Alonso have been put to bed with the young manager’s sacking this week, it means caretakers Fernando Jubero and Crispin Maciel will hold the fort. They are unlikely to rock the boat, the Teixeira/López partnership will continue up front as will the Uruguayan duo in central midfield (Orteman and Palau). The team’s impressive 8 game unbeaten streak was ended in midweek by Rubio Ñu and if we can’t be sure what will happen in tonight´s game we should expect plenty of goalmouth action, the Aborigen´s last five games have produced an average of 4.4 goals per game.
Best Bet: Both teams score a lot of goals, they have racked up 70 strikes between them in 36 matches played, and so Over 2.5 goals seems the way to go
Nacional XI (probable): Ignacio Don; Ramón Coronel, Raul Piris, Leonardo Cáceres, David Mendoza; Carlos Ruiz Peralta, Marcos Riveros, Ricardo Ortiz, Marcos Melgarejo; Cesar Caceres Cañete, Angel Orue
Guarani XI (probable): Pablo Aurrecochea; Eduardo Filippini, Julio César Cáceres, Miguel Paniagua, Elvis Marecos; Juan Aguilar, Marcelo Palau, Sergio Orteman, Ivan Gonzalez Ferreira, Rodrigo Teixeira, Dante López
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By Ralph Hannah