Clausura Week 9: Cerro Porteño vs Sportivo Luqueño preview

Cerro Porteño vs Sportivo Luqueño
La Olla, Asunción
20/09/2014; 17:10 (22:10 BST)
TV: Tigo Sports (Paraguay)

Leo Astrada returns to La Olla having had to coach three consecutive away games with Cerro Porteño in his second spell at the Barrio Obrero club. They face a Sportivo Luqueño side that has continued to do well under Daniel Navarro following Eduardo Rivera’s resignation. In fact the auriazul head into this clash with just one defeat in 14 (to leaders Guarani) and are ahead of Cerro in the table.

Photo: Club Sportivo Luqueño - prensa

Photo: Club Sportivo Luqueño – prensa

While Arce didn’t want to rest players in the league, Leo Astrada has a history of favouring continental tournaments over domestic so some first teamers players will step aside today. Youngster Bruno Valdez will play alongside Mareco at centre-back while Oviedo and Oscar Romero are set to watch from the bench. Iván Torres and Sergio Díaz are likely starters.

Veteran Brazilian Rodrigo Teixeira and Argentina Guido Di Vanni are likely to play up front, filling Luque’s foreigners quota. Navarro usually plays with three strikers so either Derlis Alegre or Marcelo Ferreira will fill the remaining spot. Midfielder Luis Miño has been making the side tick so far, the 25-year-old has a good range of passing and is dangerous from far out. Cristhian Aguada the left-sided player is exciting to watch, the 21-year-old full back he likes to get forward and scored the equalizer from the bench against Olimpia earlier in the season – could he do the same today?

Prediction: 2-1

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Carlos Bonet, Bruno Valdez, Victor Hugo Mareco, Junior Alonso; Mauricio Sperduti, Miguel Paniagua, Julio Dos Santos, Iván Torres; José Ortigoza, Sergio Díaz

Luqueño XI (probable): Rodolfo Rodriguez; Mario Saldívar, Carlos Rolón, José Leguizamón, Sergio Vergara; Miguel Godoy, Luis Miño, Lorenzo del Valle; Derlis Alegre, Rodrigo Teixeira, Guido di Vanni.

By Ralph Hannah

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Apertura 2013 Week 11: Libertad vs General Diaz and Sol de América vs Olimpia previews

Libertad vs General Díaz
Nicolas Leóz, Asunción
26/04/2013; 17:20 (22:20 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)

A match between two sides that started well but have struggled for form recently, Libertad have one win in the last nine while General Díaz are without a victory in their previous five games. With the home side now out of the Copa Libertadores they are expected to field a strong side. Humberto Garcia is expected to chop and change with the Aguilas as he needs to get them back on the right track.

Libertad preparing for today's game - Photo: Prensa Club libertad

Libertad preparing for today’s game – Photo: Prensa Club libertad

Ruben Israel will keep his faith in the usual suspects despite a temptation to make changes what with results not going Libertad’s way in the last two months. The Nuñez and Velazquez partnership that fired the Guma to the Clausura title have been struggling for goals this year, the previous two league games have been 0-0 draws. In fact they only average 1 goal per game in 2013, one of the lower averages in the league.

General Díaz fell to two 3-2 defeats in a row before last week’s draw against Cerro de Franco which marked the first game they have come back from a goal down to earn a point, previously they had lost everytime they conceded first. As we reach the halfway point of the season the newly-promoted team from Luque have lost the element of surprise which certainly caught out big guns like Olimpia and Guaraní early on. The midfield has been run by former Libertad player Cristian Sosa and Carlos Vera who must be at their very best today to try and win enough position to give them a fighting chance.

Prediction: 1-0

Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals seems an obvious choice between two teams that aren’t finding the net regularly

Libertad XI (probable): Rodrigo Muñoz; Jorge Moreira, Pedro Benítez, Ismael Benegas, Miguel Samudio; Nelson Romero, Pablo Guiñazú, Sergio Aquino, William Mendieta; José Ariel Nuñez, Pablo Velazquez

General Díaz XI (probable): Mario Santilli; Walter Cabrera, Lidio Benitez, Jorge Caceres, Marco Gamarra; Alfredo Cano, Cristian Sosa, Carlos Vera Segovia, José Svarcas; Daniel Ferreira, Marco Prieto

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Sol de América vs Olimpia
Defensores del Chaco, Asunción
26/04/2013; 19:30 (00:30 BST)
TV: Unicanal (Paraguay)

Olimpia, with thoughts on the next round of the Copa Libertadores, face Sol de América who have triumphed just once in their previous nine games. Both sides were on the wrong side of a five-goal thriller in their previous league match and there is likely to be goals again today.

Olimpia have got the better of Sol in recent games - Photo: D10.com.py

Olimpia have got the better of Sol in recent games – Photo: D10.com.py

Sol de América have a new man in charge, Gualberto Jara, who managed a win in his first match before that 3-2 reverse against Nacional. The main player to look out for is David Mendieta who scored a sumptuous goal last week and will provide most of the creativity in midfield along with Alfredo Mazacotte.

Ever Almeida has decided not to risk all of his big names today and the Uruguayans Martin Silva, Sebastian Ariosa and Juan Manuel Salgueiro could all be rested. Olimpia haven’t managed more than 2 goals in a game so far this league campaign and funnily enough are most likely to score 0 or 2 having only scored one goal in a game on two occassions. That suggests that they either get things right and click or they struggle to break teams down. Will be interesting to see what this team do this evening.

Prediction: 1-1

Best Bet: BTTS with Sol usually able to find the net and Olimpia not at full strength so not the obvious choice for the win

Sol XI (probable): Roberto Acosta; Adolfo Valdez, Bruno Valdez, Diego Arrua, Jose Duarte; Edgar Orzusa, Angel Enciso, Edgar Villasboa, Davide Mendieta, Alfredo Mazacotte; Julio Aguilar

Olimpia XI (probable): Victor Centurión; Alquilino Gimenez, Salustiano Candia, Enrique Meza; Alejandro Silva, Eduardo Aranda, Richard Ortiz, Richard Salinas; Alberto Contrera; Juan Carlos Ferreyra, Arnaldo Castorino

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By Ralph Hannah