Cerro Porteño vs Sol de América
La Olla, Asunción
17/08/2013; 17:30 (22:30 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)
In some respects it is incredible to think that Cerro Porteño can go top of the league tonight despite conceding the first goal in all three domestic games this season. If anything they’ve shown remarkable fibre to fight back against Guaraní and turn the games around against Cerro de Franco and Rubio Ñu. Thinks were looking bleak for Sol when they lost their opener at home to strugglers Carapeguá but two impressive wins against Nacional and Guaraní means the outlook is much brighter for the danzarín.
Arce has immediately recalled Oscar Romero and Roberto Fernandez who recently arrived from Germany, both representing the Albirroja in the 3-3 draw in Kaiserslautern. Dani Guiza celebrates his 33rd birthday today but he still isn’t available (not match fit) and the selfless performances of Guillermo Beltrán means José Ortigoza won’t start against his former club. Injury to Julio Dos Santos means Edison Torres plays in midfield alongside Fidencio Oviedo. Cerro won the last meeting between the sides 4-0 but don’t have a great head-to-head record recently, winning just 2 of the last 7 previous games against Sol and losing 3 of those.
Gualberto Jara has one change forced on him from the side that beat Guaraní last week, Bruno Valdez was sent off so serves his suspension. His replacemetn in central defence is the combative Argentine Adalberto Goiri. The ex-Napoli midfielder Massimiliano Ammendola was good against Nacional while his replacement in the game against Guaraní, youngster Cecilio Dominguez, scored. Diego Vazquez starts up front today with the record of having scored four goals in the last four games against El Ciclón.
Best Bet: Sol are on form so no reason to back a home win, the average of 3.86 goals per game in the previous seven meetings is more than enough for me to back Over 2.5 goals
Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Roberto Fernández; Carlos Bonet, Teodoro Paredes, Luis Cardozo, Junior Alonso; Mathias Corujo; Fidencio Oviedo, Edison Torres, Óscar Romero; Ángel Romero, Guillermo Beltrán
Sol de América XI (probable): Robert Acosta; Alberto Espínola, Ricardo Martínez, Adalberto Goiri, Hugo Fleytas; Edgar Orzusa, Angel Enciso, Blas Cáceres, Massimiliano Ammendola; Diego Vázquez, Christian Ovelar
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By Ralph Hannah