Cerro Porteño vs Cerro de Franco
La Olla, Asunción
04/08/2013; 17:40 (22:40 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
Cerro Porteño have drawn their opening two games 1-1 but showed a definite improvement in performance from the Guaraní game to the midweek draw in Chile with Universidad Católica. Most of the major players from that game will be present today as they play namesakes Cerro de Franco who visit from the east of the country.
Chiqui Arce has been impressed by José Ortigoza´s fitness who has trained well since Thursday and will make his debut today, the 26-year-old has already starred in the “Oriental Triangle” of South Korea, China and Japan having also played in for Palmeiras and Cruzeiro in neighbouring Brazil. This is the first time he has played outside of Sol de América in Paraguay, his pace and power is likely to cause plenty of problems. In midfield Juan Franco is the latest from the “class of 92” to play for the first team joining the Romero twins. Mathias Corujo impressed on the right side of midfield against Uni. Católica but he will probably drop back to full back and cover Carlos Bonet who can’t play two games in a week yet.
Cerro de Franco have lost 5 out of the 6 meetings with the azulgrana since being promoted back to Primera, their best result was a 2-2 draw. Their recent run of form is awful too, no wins in eight and just one in 14. The only good news is that Eduardo Rivera has returned, he was in charge in their impressive 2012 campaign and will hopefully restore some stability to the side that has conceded at least twice in six of their previous seven.
Best Bet: The home win looks very short so I’m tempting to go for Cerro Porteño -1 on the Asian Handicap with them likely to win by two goals or more
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Roberto Fernández; Mathías Corujo, Teodoro Paredes, Danilo Ortiz, Junior Alonso; Juan Franco, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Óscar Romero; Ángel Romero, José Ortigoza
Cerro de Franco XI (probable): Juan Espínola; Cristian Ramirez, Victor Velázquez, Cristian Rojas, Fulvio Duarte, Salvador Portillo, Miguel Godoy, Reinaldo López, Jorge Villar; Ariel Andrusyzsyn, Aquilino Gimienez
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By Ralph Hannah