Paraguay

Carapeguá vs Cerro Porteño (TV)
Estadio Municipal de Carapeguá
18/08/2012, 15:00
Prediction: 0-1

Cerro ahead of Carapeguá game – Photo: D10.com.py

Incredibly Cerro Porteño have not won in the league since that incredible superclásico to decide the title, they seem to be focussing on the Copa Sudamericana having made major changes to the side last week which they lost 3-2 to Sol de América. It is expected that the bulk of the international call ups will be rested again, but with Pedro Benítez will probably come in to ensure Cerro don’t have too many foreigners in the side. Last year Carapeguá relied on Echeverría early on, this season it has been Jorge Ayala who has been the goalscorer. Cerro may only have one win in five but Carapeguá have just one victory in 18 and are staring into the Intermedia-shaped abyss, it should be an away win although it might not be pretty.

Carapeguá XI (probable): Fabiano Heves; Raúl Cáceres, Marcos Arce, Derlis Correa, Cristian Martínez; Rodrigo Cantero, Esteban Ramírez, Diosnel Almirón, Ricardo Ortiz; Jorge Ayala, Marco Prieto

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Junior Fernández; Mariano Uglessich, Pedro Benítez, César Benítez; Luis Cardozo, Fidencio Oviedo, Édgar González, Walter López; Roberto Nanni, Santiago Salcedo, Rodrigo López

BEST BET: As we’ve mentioned before Cerro do like to score late on so maybe the HT Draw/FT Cerro bet offers better value than just an outright win

By Ralph Hannah – look whole round preview

Paraguay Apertura 2012: Week 21 Preview

Independiente vs Libertad

Libertad have had an exodus of players at the end of their contracts, Jonathan Santana, Cristian Nasuti, Cristian Menendez, Luciano Civelli, Víctor Cáceres, Carlos Bonet are all out. Jorge Burruchaga has left his post as manager, citing the unfulfilled promise of a meeting with the board to dicuss future plans, which if true is a huge oversight by Libertad’s top brass because they’ve lost an excellent coach. However despite losing big names the gumarelo are full of others eager to take their place, also expect a couple of debuts for young players in a team that will be determined to win to keep earning points in the 2013 Copa Libertadores race.

Luque vs Olimpia

Luque are banned from their home stadium which means the game will be played in the Defensores with thousands of Olimpia fans eager to celebrate the title. The players too will be desperate to wrap things up against a struggling Luque side rather than have the huge pressure of having to beat Cerro Porteño in the clásico at the weekend. Both quality and form suggests El Decano will be strong enough and the champagne will be on ice in Sajonia. There is also big motivation for coach Gerardo Pelusso who is set to be officially unveiled as the new Paraguay national team manager after the tournament ends, he would love to finish with back-to-back titles.

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