Copa Sudamericana 2012: Olimpia vs Emelec Preview

Olimpia vs Emelec
Estadio Manuel Ferreira a.k.a Para Uno
28/08/2012, 20:45 (01:45 BST)

Olimpia take on Emelec for the fourth time in under a year in the Copa Sudamericana 2nd round 1st leg in Asunción. The Paraguayans progressed when these two sides met at the same stage of last year’s competition although five of the starting XI from the 1st leg in 2011 have now moved on. Although El Decano looked comfortable against Danubio in the last round the Uruguayans were poor and undoubtedly Emelec will provide a stronger challenge. There will of coures, be a sense of revenge in the air as Emelec knocked Olimpia out of the Copa Libertadores group stages earlier in the year.

Emelec got the better of Olimpia their first meeting in 2012 – Photo: AFP

The probable Olimpia line-up is still unknown (see below) with Gregorio Pérez still trying to find the right blend of attacking and defensive players, he began his time with three cleansheets but they have conceded in their four games since including four goals in the last two games. With no foreign-player restrictions in the Copa Sudamericana the Uruguayan Sebastián Ariosa is expected to come in at left-back which offers more of an offensive threat down that side. Also Maxi Biancucchi is installed into the starting line-up probably at the expense of Arnaldo Castorino. The dangerman recently has been Juan Manuel Salguiero who usually plays just behind the strikers in a 4-3-1-2 formation. However, there is talk of him being dropped to allow Olimpia to play in a more traditional 4-4-2 with defensive players Miguel Amado and Alejandro Silva in the middle; Jorge Nuñez and Richard Ortiz would be on the flanks. That would help protect the full backs against Emelec’s electric wingers.

Gregorio Perez  – Photo: D10.com.py

Emelec needed a last minute penalty to get through to this round and in general they have been scraping victories all season, currently second in the Ecuadorean league with a goal difference of just two. They have a strong forward line with ex-Boca Juniors Marcos Mondiani the creative force while compatrit Luciano Figueroa provides power. Enner Valencia is pure pace down the right hand side and in central defence they have Cristian Nasuti who was excellent for Libertad in the first half of the year.

It is likely to be a tight game, but the home advantage should be enough for Olimpia to come out on top.

Olimpia XI (probable 4-3-1-2): Martín Silva; Alejandro Silva, Salustiano Candia, Enrique Meza, Sebastián Ariosa; Eduardo Aranda, Miguel Amado, Richart Ortiz; Juan Manuel Salgueiro; Maxi Biancucchi, Fredy Bareiro

Olimpia XI (probable 4-4-2): Martín Silva, Richard Salinas, Salustiano Candia, Enrique Meza, Sebastián Ariosa; Jorge Nuñez, Miguel Amado,  Alejandro Silva, Richard Ortíz; Maxi Biancucchi, Nestor Bareiro

Prediction: 2-1

Selected Odds: Olimpia win 1.76, Draw 3.65, Emelec win 5.8, 1-0 scoreline 6.8, Over 2.5 goals 2.28

Best Bet: Despite the prediction above they BTTS (Both teams to score) bet at 2.12 might be safer than Over 2.5 goals, it is worth bearing in mind that 3 of the 4 previous meetings have gone over 2.5 in case you do fancy that

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Stats and Trivia

Olimpia vs Emelec Head-to-Head

Pld 4 W 2 D 0 L 2 GF 6 GA 6

Olimpia last 5 home (Continental Competitions)

Pld 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 GF 9 GA 7

Olimpia knocked Emelec out of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana at this stage

Emelec beat Olimpia in the final group game of the 2012 Copa Libertadores to take their place in 2nd round

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Full Squad List

GK: Martín Silva, Victor Centurión

DEF:  Alfredo Rojas, Julio Cesar Cáceres, Salustiano Candia, Enrique Meza, Sebastián Ariosa, Eugenio Montiel, Alejandro Silva, Richard Salinas

MID: Eduardo Aranda, Jorge Nuñez, Osvaldo Hobecker, Fabio Caballero, Richard Ortiz, Miguel Amado, Jorge Báez

ATT: Arnaldo Castorino, Nestor Bareiro, Julio Santacruz, Juan Manuel Salgueiro, Fredy Bareiro, Maxi Biancucchi

By Ralph Hannah

copa sudamericana 2012

O’Higgins vs Cerro Porteño preview

O’Higgins vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio El Teniente
26/07/2012, 20:30 (01:30 BST)

The Paraguayan champions take on the Chilean vice-champions in this intriguing clash in Rancagua, it is Cerro Porteño’s first Copa Sudamericana game since 2010. With a host of new signings during the close season the azulgrana are expected to make a big push for continental glory in this their centenary year.

The champions look relaxed on flight to Chile – Photo: Julio Dos Santos Twitter

Uruguayan coach will stick with his 3-5-2 system that has worked well so far, it is a fluid system with playmaker Jonathan Fabbro getting close to the strikers so at times looks like a 3-4-3. Carlos Bonet, recently acquired from Libertad, is set to make his debut at right wingback while Hernan Rodrigo López was registered just in time and is expected to partner Santiago Salcedo up front. Like Olimpia on Tuesday the emphasis will be on not losing with Fidencio Oviedo a key component in breaking up play.

O’Higgins are back on the international stage after a 20-year drought without the man who helped get them there, Enzo Gutierrez, who was snapped up by Chilean title winners Universidad de Chile. They will probably line up in their familiar 4-3-3 formation which includes Paraguayan Rodrigo Rojas in midfield. He is a dangerman but the away side look stronger all over the pitch and I expect Cerro to take at least a point here.

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Luis Cardozo, Pedro Benítez, Cesar Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio dos Sanots, Walter López; Jonathan Fabbro; Rodrigo López, Santiago Salcedo

Prediction: 1-1

Selected Odds: O’Higgins win 2.1, Draw 3.55, Cerro Porteño win 3.85, 1-1 scoreline 7.2, Under 2.5 goals 1.92

Best Bet: Backing Cerro DNB (Draw No Bet) looks pretty tempting at 2.46 as I don’t think they will lose and could overpower O’Higgins if they click offensively

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Stats and Trivia

This is Cerro Porteño’s first game against Chilean opposition in the Copa Sudamericana

Cerro Porteño haven’t won any of the last four Copa Sudamericana games, losing three and drawing one

Cerro Porteño last 5 away (Copa Sudamericana)

Pld 5 W 2 D 0 L 3 GF 7 GA 8

O’Higgins last 5 home (all competitions)

Pld 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 GF 9 GA 8

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FULL SQUAD LIST

GK: 1. Roberto Junior Fernandez, 12. Diego Barreto, 25. Pablo Gavilan

DEF: 2. Cesar Benitez, 4. Pedro Benitez, 11. Carlos Bonet, 6.Gonzalo Viera, 7. Walter Lopez, 15.Luis Cardozo

MID: 3. Alexis Gonzalez, 10. Julio Dos Santos, 16. Fidencio Oviedo, 17. Jonathan Fabbro, 18. Jorge Rojas, 24. José Domingo Salcedo

ATT: 8. Germán Alemanno, 9. Guillermo Beltran, 14. Oscar Romero, 19. Hernán Rodrigo Lopez, 20. Alejandro da Silva, 21. Santiago Salcedo

Guaraní vs Oriente Petrolero preview

Guaraní vs Oriente Petrolero
Estadio Rogelio Livieres a.k.a Dos Bocas
26/07/2012, 18:15 (23:15 BST)

Guaraní begin their new era under fledgling coach Diego Alonso, the 37-year-old comes from Bella Vista in his native Uruguay. It is their fourth appearance in the Copa Sudamericana and they want to try and go one better than their previous participation in 2010 when they reached the 2nd round.

Photo: Prensa Club Guarani

Pre-season friendlies have seem the aborigen line-up in a standard 4-4-2 and their strength certainly lies in midfield with plenty of options to toy with. The Uruguayan duo of Marcelo Palau and Sergio Orteman will try and dominate the game in central midfield, if Oriente give the latter too much space they will be punished. The youngsters Luis de la Cruz and Blas Cáceres seem to have been favoured on either flank but Alonso will have similar options on the bench with Dario Ocampo and Iván Gonzalez Ferreira.

Sergio Orteman will be a key figure – Photo: D10.com.py

Oriente Petrolero are one of the better teams from Bolivia and ended last season with a six-game unbeaten streak. They have one player who will know Guaraní well, the Argentine Danilo Carando was at Sportivo Carapeguá during the Apertura. I’ve been told by a Bolivian football expert that they ‘blow hot and cold’ and that inconsistency is evident in their away form in 2012, Pld 11 W 4 D 3 L 4, meaning the aurinegro will be hoping to catch them cold. Overall I feel the home team’s strength in midfield will be too much for their opponents and it should be a comfortable win.

Guaraní XI (probable): Pablo Aurrecochea; Tomas Bartomeus, Alejandro Rodríguez, Luis Cabral, Elvis Marecos; Luis de la Cruz, Marcelo Palau, Sergio Orteman, Blas Cáceres; Dante López, Carlos Hidalgo

Prediction: 2-0

Selected Odds: Guaraní win 1.61, Draw 4.0, Oriente Petrolero win 6.8, 2-0 scoreline 8.0, Under 2.5 goals 1.95

Best Bet: At the moment Guaraní cleansheet is 2.2 which seems generous considering only Cobreloa have scored away from home in the opening four Copa Sudamericana games, obviously a safer bet is the outright win

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Stats and Trivia

Guaraní head-to-head Oriente Petrolero

Pld 2 W 0  D 1 L 1 GF 1 GA 4 – Copa Libertadores 1997

Guaraní all-time record (Copa Sudamericana)

Pld 8 W 3 D 2 L 3 GF 10 GA 10 – 3 editions

Guaraní all-time record (Continental Competition)

Pld 104 W 31 D 28 L 45 – 17 editions

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FULL SQUAD LIST

GK: Pablo Aurrecochea, Joel Silva, Alfredo Aguilar

DEF: Alejandro Rodriguez, Luis Cabral, Elvis Marecos, Tomas Bartomeus, Robert Aldama, Juan Patiño

MID: Dario Ocampo, Marcelo Palau, Juan Aguilar, Jorge Mendoza, Sergio Orteman, Luis De la Cruz, Blas Caceres, Ivan Gonzalez Ferreira, Edgar Aranda, Julian Benitez, Pedro Chavez

ATT: Carlos Hidalgo, Diego Centurion, Jorge Benitez, Dante Lopez

By Ralph Hannah (more infos for paraguay football and their clubs here)

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Assumption (Reuters) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) conducted the draw for the eleventh edition of the Copa Sudamericana , which will involve 47 teams from 27 July 
to 12 December.

The draw took place at the Convention Center CONMEBOL in Luque, suburb of Asuncion, where the organizers explained to a small change in the format of the competition and this year adds a quota for eight more countries.

Thus, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and Chile, the latter featuring the defending champion of the tournament, the University of Chile, will have four representatives.

Brazil and Argentina are held with eight and six representatives, respectively.

The event also provided an opportunity to honor the likes of Jorge Burruchaga (Argentina), Ramiro Blacut (Bolivia), Pepe (Brasil), Leonel Sánchez (Chile), Marcos Coll (Colombia), Agustín Delgado (Ecuador), Saturnino Arrúa (Paraguay), Roberto palacios (Perú), Antonio Alzamendi (Uruguay) y Lino Alonso (Venezuela).

One day before the draw took place the meeting of the Executive Committee of CONMEBOL, which was chaired by the president of this organization, Nicolas Leoz.

G1: Danubio Vs. Olimpia

G2: Chile 4 Vs. Nacional (URU)

G3: Blooming Vs. Universidad Católica

G4: Guaraní Vs. Oriente Petrolero

G5: Liverpool Vs. Universitario

G6: Aurora Vs. Cerro Largo

G7: Tacuary Vs. Cobreloa

G8: Chile 3 Vs. Cerro Porteño

 

G9: Inti Gas Vs. Millonarios

G10: Ecuador 4 Vs. San Martín (PER)

G11: La Equidad Vs. Ecuador 1

G12: Dep. Táchira Vs. Mineros

G13: Dep. Tolima Vs. Dep. Lara

G14: Dep. Quito Vs. León de Huánuco

G15: Unión Comercio Vs. Envigado

G16: Monagas Vs. Ecuador 2

 


Segunda fase:

Ganador 3 Vs. Ganador 13 (011)

Ganador 2 Vs. Ganador 16 (015)

Ganador 1 Vs. Ganador 10 (07)

Ganador 6 Vs. Ganador 14 (013)

Ganador 4 Vs. Ganador 9 (01)

Ganador 5 Vs. Ganador 15 (03)

Ganador 7 Vs. Ganador 12 (09)

Ganador 8 Vs. Ganador 11 (05)

 

Bahía Vs. San Pablo (02)

Atl. Goianiense Vs. Figueirenses (06)

Gremio Vs. Coritiba (08)

Botafogo Vs. Palmeiras (016)

Independiente Vs. Argentina 6 (014)

Colón Vs. Racing (012)

Tigre Vs. Argentinos (04)

Universidad de Chile Vs. (010)