Copa Sudamericana 2013: Guaraní vs Oriente Petrolero preview

Guaraní vs Oriente Petrolero
Dos Bocas, Asunción
01/08/2013; 21:50 (02:50 BST)
Preliminary Round, 1st Leg
TV: Fox Sports (Latin America)

In a repeat of last year’s preliminary round match up Guaraní and Oriente Petrolero go head-to-head in Dos Bocas. Last year they suffered a surprise defeat at home but went through on away goals with a famous victory in Santa Cruz. Under new coach Gustavo Diaz they’ll be hoping to avoid the need for a win in Bolivia by securing the game this evening in Asunción.

Guaraní celebrate their victory last year against Petrolero - Photo: Prensa Club Guaraní

Guaraní celebrate their victory last year against Petrolero – Photo: Prensa Club Guaraní

Guaraní looked good against Cerro in the league match last Friday and Luis de la Cruz is really developing into the player I hoped he could be, full of pace and ideas he is always a danger when he receives the ball. Federico Santander is back for Guarani and he is the perfect foil for the pacey Benfica man Derlis Gonzalez who will be playing his first ever continental game should he be handed a start tonight. Defensively it is the experience of the Emperador who will bring stability, Julio Cesar Cáceres was part of the Olimpia side that won the 2002 Copa Libertadores so will be able to marshal his younger colleagues.

Guaraní and Oriente Petrolero battled it out last year - Photo: Paraguay.com

Guaraní and Oriente Petrolero battled it out last year – Photo: Paraguay.com

The Bolivians have an advantage of being based in Santa Cruz next to the wonderful Tahuichi Academy and they have a couple of teenagers in the squad – 18 year old Pedro Azogue should play with Danny Bejarano one year his senior. French-born striker Hugo Bargas has been included in the squad but isn’t expected to start.

Guaraní XI (probable): Pablo Aurrecochea; Eduardo Fillippini, Luis Cabral, Julio Cesar Caceres, Elvis Marecos; Luis de la Cruz, Miguel Paniagua, Jorge Mendoza, Ivan Gonzalez Ferreira; Federico Santander, Rodrigo Teixeira

Oriente Petrolero XI (probable):  Carlos Arias; Miguel Hoyos, Pablo de Muner, Mariano Brau, Marvin Bejarano, Pedro Azogue, Danny Bejarano, Fernando Saucedo, Matias Cordoba, Yasmani Duk, Alcides Peña

Prediction: 2-1

Selected Odds: Guaraní win 1.48, Draw 4.4, Oriente Petrolero win 8.4, 2-1 home win 9.4, Over 2.5 goals 1.86

Best Bet: Guarani have poor record in continental competition of late but it would be a huge surprise if we saw a repeat of last year’s result, I like the idea of Guarani/Guarani (HT/FT) with them surely showing more urgency and adventure early on

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Stats and Trivia

Guaraní head-to-head Oriente Petrolero (All Continental Competitions)

Pld 4 W 1 D 1 L 2 GF 3 GA 6 – other than last year’s tie they also met in the 1997 group stages of Copa Libertadores

Guaraní vs Bolivian opposition  (All Continental Competitions)

Pld 10 W 4 D 3 L 3 GF 15 GA 24

Guaraní home to Bolivian opposition (All Continental Competitions)

Pld 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 GF 10 GA 4 – their only defeat was against Oriente Petrolero last year

Guaraní last five home in Copa Sudamericana

Pld 5 W 1 D 1 L 3 GF 6 GA 8 – the win was 2-0 against River Plate (URU) with Fabbro and Teixeira scoring

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GUARANI FULL SQUAD FOR COPA SUDAMERICANA 2013

1. Pablo Aurrecochea

2. Robert Aldama

3. Elvis Marecos

4. Eduardo Filippini

5. Julio Cesar Caceres

6. Jorge Mendoza

7. Rodrigo Teixeira

8. Miguel Paniagua

9. Federico Santander

10. Ivan Gonzalez

11. Guido Di Vanni

12. Alfredo Aguilar

13. Edgar Aranda

14. Tomas Bartomeus

15. Dario Ocampo

16. Jorge Benitez

17. Luis De la Cruz

18. Luis Cabral

19. Eric Cristaldo

20. Juan Aguilar

21. Ivan Vargas

22. Derlis Gonzalez

23. Joel Roman

24. Juan Patiño

25. Alex Bogado

26. Guillermo Peña

27. Nildo Viera

28. Armando Ruiz Diaz

29. Luis Gonzalez

30. Marcelo Paredes

Authors Note: All odds are selected from Betfair Sports and accurate at the time of writing, there is a live market on this game

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