Copa Sudamericana 2013: Wanderers vs Libertad preview

Wanderers vs Libertad
Parque Central, Montevideo
01/08/2013; 17:15 (22:15 BST)
Preliminary Round, 1st Leg
TV: Fox Sports (Latin America)

Libertad are perennial underachievers in this competition having crashed out in the preliminary round on four out of eight occassions. Their best finish was in 2003 and 2011 when they reached the quarter finals. The Guma’s only previous visit to the Parque Central in this competition ended in a 2-1 defeat to Nacional back in the 2006 edition, in fact Libertad have never won in Uruguay in four attempts in this tournament. Wanderers squeezed into the Copa Sudamericana as the side with the sixth best points total in Uruguay last year finishing ahead of Fénix and Juventud on goal difference.

Photo via @sudamericanaCSF

Photo via @sudamericanaCSF

Ruben Israel has lost strikers Velazquez and Nuñez who have joined Toluca and Osasuna respectively, also the departure of Pablo Guiñazú means they lack a bit of know-how although veterans Sergio Aquino and Miguel Samudio are expected to play tonight. As ever Libertad have an exciting generation of young players emerging, Gustavo Gómez captained the Paraguay U20s during the recent World Cup and he will play in central defense. Up front Jorge Recalde is likely to get a chance to shine, the 21-year-old will hope to be Libertad´s 22nd different goalscorer in the Sudamericana. Expect a fairly standard 4-4-2 formation, both wide-men can also play at full back so it is leaning on the defensive side.

Jorge Recalde scored in the league game last weekend - Photo via Hoy.com.py

Jorge Recalde scored in the league game last weekend – Photo via Hoy.com.py

The Uruguayan team are hardly packed full of star names although striker Federico Rodriguez is on loan from Bologna in Italy which gives an indication of his pedigree. The team is very young in general with most players under 23, the idea surely being to use the Sudamericana as a showcase to try and move some of these assets to Europe.

Wanderers XI (probable): Martin Rodriguez; Emiliano Diaz, Martin Diaz, Gustavo Bueno, Maximiliano Oliveira, Santiago Martinez, Guzman Pereira, Gaston Rodriguez, Javier Cabrera, Federico Rodriguez, Rodrigo Pastorini

Libertad XI (probable):  Rodrigo Muñoz; Jorge Moreira, Pedro Benítez, Gustavo Gómez, Gustavo Mencia; Claudio Vargas, Sergio Aquino, Osmar Molinas, Miguel Samudio; Nelson Romero, Jorge Recalde

Prediction: 0-2

Selected Odds: Wanderers win 3.3, Draw 3.3, Libertad win 2.46, 0-2 away win 12.0, Over 2.5 goals 1.67

Best Bet: Libertad haven’t been great recently but you would think their quality and the experience of the coaching staff and senior players is enough to win here, the Libertad DNB (Draw No Bet) seems perfect to cover a 0-0 if the Uruguayans decide to play negative.

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Stats and Trivia

Libertad vs Uruguayan opposition  (All Continental Competitions)

Pld 14 W 4 D 2 L 8 GF 17  GA 28

Libertad away to Uruguayan opposition (All Continental Competitions)

Pld 7 W 1 D 0 L 6 GF 5 GA 18 – their only win was against Nacional in the Parque Central in the 2012 Copa Libertadores

Libertad last five away in Copa Sudamericana

Pld 5 W 1 D 0 L 4 GF 2 GA 5 – the win was versus La Equidad in Bogotá

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LIBERTAD SQUAD THAT TRAVELED TO URUGUAY

Goalkeepers

Rodrigo Muñoz
Diego Morel

Defenders

Aldo Olmedo
Jorge Moreira
Gustavo Gómez
Gustavo Mencia
Pedro Benítez
Rubén Monges
Miguel Samudio

Midfielders

Sergio Aquino
Osmar Molinas
Blas Díaz
Iván Ramírez
Rodrigo Jacquet
Claudio Vargas
Nelson Romero

Strikers

Manuel Maciel
Angel Orué
Jorge Recalde
Brian Montenegro

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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