Universidad Católica vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago
31/07/2013; 21:50 (02:50 BST)
Preliminary Round, 1st Leg
TV: Fox Sports (Latin America)
Cerro Porteño embark on their eighth quest for the “other half of the glory” hoping to improve on last year’s quarter-final finish, a 4-2 defeat to Tigre ending their hopes of a first international title. Cerro Porteño hold the unwanted record of being the South American club with the most continental appearances without a title to boast. They are without Jonathan Fabbro and Roberto Nanni who contributed to 9 of their 20 goals last year but there is a new crop of youngsters ready to try and make history
A flurry of activity earlier in the week saw Cerro confirm the signgins of European Champion Dani Guiza who will arrive from a brief stint in Malaysia and José Ortigoza who was rasied by Sol de América but has recently been in the Land of the Rising Sun with Kobe. Only the latter is in the Sudamericana squad but hasn’t traveled to Chile so the onus will fall on the Romero twins, Oscar impressing on Friday night with this cracking goal against Guarani. Both Oscar and Angel have a wonderful knack of finding space in order to build attacks or execute shots. In defence both Teodoro Paredes and Junior Alonso feature in a back four having returned from Turkey last month where they represented Paraguay at the U20s World Cup. The experience comes from Carlos Bonet who even scored on Cerro’s previous trip to Chile in the 3-3 draw against O´Higgins. Also Julio Dos Santos has been around the South American circuit a few times before.
The Chileans have made some new signings to reinforce the side including exciting young striker Ramiro Costa from Rosario Central and another forward José Luis Muñoz who is nicknamed “Ribery” due to his likeness with the Frenchman. Muñoz is likely to partner Nicolas Castillo up front who knows all about Paredes and Alonso of Cerro having played against them during the Sudamericano for Chile U20s and scoring a delicious free kick. They have started the season well winning all three competitive games at home averaging 3 goals per game.
Uni Catolica XI (probable): Cristopher Toselli; Cristian Alvarez, Hans Martinez, Enzo Andia, Aflonso Parot; Michael Rios, Fernando Meneses, Fernando Cordero, Milovan Mirosevic; Nicolas Castillo, Jose Luis Muñoz
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Roberto Fernández; Carlos Bonet, Teodoro Paredes, Luis Cardozo, Junior Alonso; Mathías Corujo, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Óscar Romero; Ángel Romero, Guillermo Beltrán
Selected Odds: Uni. Catolica win 1.85, Draw 3.7, Cerro Porteño win 4.8, 2-1 home win 9.1, Over 2.5 goals 2.12
Best Bet: Assuming we don’t see the dreadful Cerro from the Copa Libertadores I think they are good for a goal, BTTS seems safer than calling a result here.
Stats and Trivia
Cerro vs Uni Catolica HEAD-TO-HEAD (All Continental Competitions)
Pld 10 W 3 D 2 L 5 – all Copa Libertadores, most recently 2003
Cerro away to Chilean opposition (All Continental Competitions)
Pld 18 W 3 D 3 L 11 – their only Copa Sudmericana game was last year’s 3-3 draw vs O´Higgins
Cerro last five away in Copa Sudamericana
Pld 5 W 1 D 2 L 2 GF 9 GA 11
CERRO PORTEÑO FULL COPA SUDAMERICANA SQUAD WITH NUMBERS
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