Superclásico preview: Cerro Porteño vs Olimpia


Cerro Porteño vs Olimpia

Estadio Defensores del Chaco
27/10/2012, 16:30 (20:30 BST)

Another clásico weekend is upon us and in many ways it should be a ‘true’ clásico in the showpiece sense, neither team is in the running for the league title so this game is all about bragging rights rather than a tactical battle. The last meeting was 0-0 as both sides didn’t want to risk too much early on in the league campaign, expect Saturday’s affair to be totally different.

Fredy Bareiro was once a Cerro player, now he’s scoring for Olimpia – Photo:

For Cerro Porteño this game comes at the juncture of their most important matches of the year, having just beaten Colón in the Copa Sudamericana they are about to take on another Argentine opponent, Tigre, in Asunción next week. It means Jorge Fossati will rest players for this game with Olimpia, with a mix of first team and reserves set to play. As the Uruguayan put it “you have to plan with reason not your heart”. The goalscorers from Tuesday night, Julio Dos Santos and Roberto Nanni, are both likely to drop to the bench but expect star player Jonathan Fabbro to be in the first eleven. There is no doubt what style El Ciclónwill play, attack, attack with a pinch of attack.

Previous superclásico from the skies – Photo:

For Olimpia this game takes on a bit more significance, they still need points for the Copa Libertadores race and José Cardozo will want a clásico-win under his belt to get the fans fully on board. The main man right now is Fredy Bareiro, the striker actually scored for Cerro Porteño in the 2011 Clausura clásico but has since switched sides and will hope to add to his four goals in four previous games. At the time of writing there was a slight injury concern about his strike partner, Maxi Biancucchi, it would be a blow to Olimpia if he misses out – the offensive three (Salgueiro as playmaker) have worked well recently.

Olimpia XI (probable): Martin Silva; Alejandro Silva, Salustiano Candia, Enrique Meza, Eugenio Montiel, Eduardo Aranda, Fabio Caballero, Richard Ortiz, Juan Manuel Salgueiro, Maxi Biancucchi, Fredy Bareiro

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Gonzalo Viera, Pedro Benítez y Luis Cardozo; Mathías Corujo, Víctor Hugo Mareco, José Domingo Salcedo, Jorge Rojas, Walter López; Jonathan Fabbro; Santiago Salcedo


Prediction: 1-1 with Olimpia scoring first but unable to withstand the Cerro response

Selected Odds: Nothing at time of writing (check back later!)

Best Bet: The smart money is probably Under 2.5 goals, historically these games are low scoring with only three of the last 10 going over 2.5 goals. Always hard to pick a winner

Club presidents Zapag and Recanate



Olimpia vs Cerro Porteño last five

The old rivals go head to head – Photo: Ultima Hora Archive

Pld 5 –  Olimpia W 1 – Cerro W 1 – Draws 3

Superclásico head-to-head (League Games)

Pld 274 – Cerro W 97 – Olimpia W 93 – Draws 84

Julio Dos Santos has played the most games for Cerro Porteño in superclásicos but is set to miss out on Saturday

No team has won more than five clásico’s in a row, Cerro have achieved the quintuple twice (1986-88 & 2007-08)


By Ralph Hannah

international preview

 Netherlands – Turkey Preview  


Netherlands do not have too many injury worries ahead of Friday’s game, but will still be without a number of regulars.

Louis van Gaal already dropped Mark van Bommel and Khalid Boulahrouz after Euro 2012, and has now opted to leave out Gregory van der Wiel, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Ibrahim Afellay as well as he feels they lack match practice and have been too busy with transfers in the past few weeks.

Therefore, Ajax youngster Ricardo van Rhijn is expected to start at right-back, while Twente star Leroy Fer is likely to take De Jong’s place in midfield.

Robin van Persie will probably have to settle for a spot on the bench once more as Van Gaal prefers Schalke hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as his No.9.Turkey boss Abdullah Avci will have to make do without the services of first-choice goalkeeper Volkan Demirel due to injury, while back-up shot stopper Sinan Bolat is being plagued by physical problems as well.

Utility man Sabri Sarioglu is unavailable, too, and Besiktas striker Mustafa Pektemek recently sustained a serious knee injury that will keep him out of action for a while.

Galatasaray midfielder Selcuk Inan will be hoping to get the chance to prove his worth against the Dutch, but it seems as if the 27-year-old might miss out on a starting berth.

Slovenia – Switzerland  dnb 2 @ 1,83

Switzerland impresed me in last game with Croatia (tre, there is also guilty on other side, speciall new coach Stimac but..) and they have very good, young and perspective squad. Players like Shaqiri and Xaka are future and there are also Dzemaili, Behrami, barnetta..Quality side..on the other side i dont belive in Slovenia team

With first choice keeper Samir Handanovic the only notable missing, Slovenia go into this game in great spirits

Experienced keeper Jasmin Handanovic is likely to replace his cousin in goal, while Zlatan Dedic and Tim Matavz are expected to form the attacking partnership.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): J. Handanovic – Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic – Kirm, Vrsic, Radosavljevic, Birsa – Dedic, Matavz.

The Swiss are an up and coming side with tremendous amount of potential and attacking prowess, as witnessed by the 5-3 victory over Germany and 4-2 triumph over Croatia.

Ottmar Hitzfeld has done well to get rid of senior strikers Alexander Frei and Streller, who were doing the team more harm than good, with Mario Gavranovic and Eren Derdiyok now given a chance to impress.

With the likes of Behrami, Inler, Dzemaili and Shaqiri in the centre of the park and some very experienced players at the back, the Swiss look a good bet

The visitors arrive to Slovenia at full strength and they are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Benaglio – Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Djourou, Rodriguez – Inler, Xhaka – Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Barnetta – Derdiyok.

Wales – Belgium  2 @ 2,0

First 11 Belgium squad is 3rd most expencive squad on world (just Brazil and Portugal more expencive)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) and Axel Witsel (Zenit SP) are buyed for 40 mil euros each, Tottenham give 15 mil e foe Moussa Dembele from Fulham and 10 mil e for Jan Vertioghen..Vincent Kompany (35 mil e)  is Manchester City captein just like Thomas Vermaelen (18,5 mil e)  in Arsenal..

The news has come through that for Belgium Lukaku is injured, so new Villa signing Christian Benteke leads against Wales tomorrow for Belgium.

WALES manager Chris Coleman has been hit by a triple injury blow ahead of the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign against Belgium on Friday.

As well as the Swansea City left-back, Coleman will also be without striker Craig Bellamy, who has withdrawn from the squad due to a calf injury.

And Brighton midfielder Andrew Crofts will also miss out after picking up an ankle injury.

Bellamy’s Cardiff team- mate Rob Earnshaw is the only person to have been called into the squad as cover.

Coleman has already been hit hard by injury problems with Celtic’s Joe Ledley (groin), Sunderland’s David Vaughan (groin), Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey (knee) and West Ham’s Jack Collison (knee) all absent from his initial 23-man selection.

Uncapped Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams was included in the squad, as was Leicester’s Andy King.

Wales’ squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers:

Goalkeepers: Jason Brown (Aberdeen), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace).
Defenders: Darcy Blake (Crystal Palace), James Collins (West Ham United), Chris Gunter (Reading), Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Ben Davies (Swansea).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andy King (Leicester City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, capt), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Simon Church (Reading), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City).

Belgium probably line up


Colombia – Uruguay  1 @ 2,3

uruguay with reserves

The airline carrying the luggage of choice ‘Uruguayan’ suffered a drawback and could not arrive in time for the match against Colombia in the sky. In this situation, Oscar Tabarez’s team would have to use the alternative uniform Junior de Barranquilla. 

Moldova – England

Johnson adds to Hodgson´s injury woes

Left-back Ashley Cole has joined the growing list of absentees for England’s first World Cup qualifier in Moldova on Friday.

Johnson and Cole joins Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jack Wilshere in missing the start of England’s World Cup qualification campaign.

The injuries will give some of the lesser known players in the squad the chance to shine, with Leighton Baines, Jermain Defoe and Danny Welbeck all likely to feature.

Also need to mention that striker Defoe had two family tragedy this year (father and cousain) and his mentas state is questionable


Bulgaru, Racu, Epureanu, Armas
Gatcan, Patras
Covalciuc, Onica, Doros
Walker, Cahill, Terry, Baines

Lampard, Carrick
Milner, Gerrard, Oxlade-Chamberlain


Russia – Northern Ireland

In team news, O’Neill will have to do without defender Shane Ferguson (groin) and striker Martin Paterson (hamstring), while Celtic midfielder Paddy McCourt is set to miss both this weekend’s match and next Tuesday’s clash against Luxembourg with a groin strain.

Meanwhile, new Russia boss Fabio Capello, who took over from Dick Advocaat in July, has named several changes in his squad, with Lokomotiv Moscow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin both left out.

Reading hitman Pavel Pogrebnyak has also been overlooked, while Yuri Zhirkov and Sergei Semak both miss out through injury.

Also need to mention there are big fights in country between catholics and protestants

Bulgaria – Italy

As for Bulgaria, Dimitar Berbatov has decided against coming out of international retirement for his country’s qualifying campaign, meaning national team boss Lubo Penev must decide between Ivelin Popov and Iliyan Mitsanski, who netted the only goal of the game in last month’s friendly win over Cyprus, for the lone striking role.


Manolev, Bodurov, Ivanov, V. Minev
Tonev, Milanov, Gadzhev, Sarmov
Bonucci, Barzagli, Ogbonna
Maggio, De Rossi, Marchisio, Giaccherini
Giovinco, Osvaldo

Finland – France

Didier Deschamps has a lengthy injury list to contend with ahead of his first competitive game in charge of his country, with the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Bacary Sagna yet to maintain full fitness in the 2012-13 season.

The former Marseille boss confirmed on Thursday that Olivier Giroud will not play any part in Friday’s encouter, with the possibility deemed too risky by the 43-year-old. Instead, France are likely to revert to a 4-3-3 with Karim Benzema flanked by Jeremy Menez and Franck Ribery.

Deschamps also revealed that his centre-back pairing would be Mamadou Sakho and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, with Laurent Koscielny still yet to start a game since the Euro 2012 exit to Spain in June.

Toivio, Pasanen, Moisander, Arkivou

Ring, R Eremenko, Sparv, 
A Eremenko
Pukki, Kuqi
Reveilliere, Sakho, Yanga-Mbiwa, Evra
Diaby, Cabaye, Mavuba,
Menez, Benzema, Ribery

Germany – Faroe Islands

Joachim Low will be able to welcome back several familiar faces after naming a much-changed side for their recent friendly loss to Argentina. Philipp Lahm returns, but will play at right-back as opposed to left-back, with Marcel Schmelzer keeping his place on the left-hand side of defence and Jerome Boateng dropping to the bench.

Manuel Neuer will certainly come in for Ron-Robert Zieler in goal, while Lukas Podolski is likely to reclaim his spot on the left wing, but another returning player, Per Mertesacker, will find his path to a centre-back berth blocked by Holger Badstuber and Mats Hummels, whose partnership continues to blossom.

However, there is no return for the unfit Bastian Schweinsteiger, leaving Toni Kroos to continue alongside Sami Khedira in the deep-lying midfield positions, while Miroslav Klose will retain his place up front in light of Mario Gomez’s ankle injury.

Faroe Islands, meanwhile, are expected to make a couple of changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Nordic rivals Iceland in a friendly in August..


Lahm, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer
Khedira, Kroos
Muller, Ozil, Podolski

Naes, Baldvinsson, Faero, Jacobsen
Benjaminsen, Hansson
Elttor, Holst, Udsen

Luxembourg – Portugal

Read Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo (thigh) and Pepe (ankle) should both return to the Portugal side despite missing training with slight injuries.

Hoffman, Blaise, Schnell,
Bettmer, Peters, Leweck, Gerson, Payal, Mutsch,Joachim

 Rui Patricio
Pereira, Coelho, Pepe, Coentrao

Moutinho, Meireles, Veloso
Ronaldo, Oliveira, Nani

Kazakhstan – Republic of Ireland

Berenek will be without the experienced midfielder Andrei Karpovich, while the Russia-based Aleksei Popov and Kazbek Geteriev are unavailable.

Ireland are without the familiar faces of Shay Given and Damien Duff, who have both taken the decision to retire from international football, while Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne is injured for the fixture.Giovanni Trapattoni hinted earlier this week that Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters would partner Robbie Keane in attack, while Simon Cox is set to start at left wing instead of Sunderland winger James McClean, who is suffering from a sore throat.

Kirov, Rozhov, Mukhtarov, Schmidtgal
Ost’enko, Nurd’ov, Kony’ev, Kukeev, Engel

O’Shea, St Ledger, O’Dea, Ward
McGeady, Whelan, McCarthy, Cox
Walters, Keane

Scotland – Serbia
Scotland manager Craig Levein has been hit by several injury problems in the build-up to their opening group match against Serbia at Hampden Park.

Phil Bardsley and Steven Whittaker (both ankle) were already unavailable after knocks ruled them out of the start of the Premier League season. Scott Brown (hip) and Darren Fletcher (bowel) were not considered for selection.

Southampton defender Danny Fox (groin) and Norwich defender Russell Martin (ankle) are also both out, and have been replaced in the squad by Huddersfield Town’s Paul Dixon and MK Dons defender Gary MacKenzie. Rangers defender Lee Wallace may have been called into the squad ahead of Dixon however he is unavailable (hamstring).

The Tartan Army will also been sweating over the fitness of goalkeeper Allan McGregor (groin) who should be fit to play whilst full-back Charlie Mulgrew is also doubtful (Achilles).

Central defender Christophe Berra has joined up with squad late following the birth of his daughter, and is in line for a start alongside Gary Caldwell.

One man who is not available is £12 million Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher who has withdrawn himself from selection for Scotland.

The Serbs will be without arguably their best known player, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, after his retirement from international duty last year.

Adem Ljajic, who once was on the books at Old Trafford has not been selected after not singing the national anthem in a previous game.


Hutton, Berra, Caldwell, Mulgrew 
Maloney, Morrison, Webster, Adam, Snodgrass

Ivanovic, Subotic, Nastasic, Kolorov
Mijailovic, Ninkovic, Petrovic, Matic, Tosic,

Spain vs Saudi Arabia

Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba
Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Busquets
Pedro, Torres, Iniesta


Al-Zori, Hawsawi, Al-Mousa, Al-Sharani
Al-Fraidi, Al-Jassim, Ali-Kariri, Al-Shalhoub

Al-Qahtani, Al-Shamrani


Argentina vs Paraguay

he only doubt for Alejandro Sabella going in to Friday’s World Cup qualifier was the system he would play, with the 11 men set to be the same whether the coach opted for a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. The ex-Estudiantes man will put faith in the attacking trident that has been used to such devastating effect in his reign, with Ezequiel Lavezzi entering for the suspended Sergio Aguero alongside Messi and Higuain. Javier Mascherano’s suspension also opens the door for Estudiantes’ Rodrigo Brana to start.


Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo
Gago, Brana, Di Maria
Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi

Veron, Alcaraz, Da Silva, Ortiz 
Riveros, Oviedo, Caceres, Estigarribia
Fabbro, Santa Cruz

In his first competitive match for Paraguay since taking over from sacked predecessor Francisco Arce, Gerardo Pelusso has gone for a team that will defend in numbers at the back, his 4-4-2 system designed to frustrate the Albiceleste’s dangermen. The big news for the Guarani is a first competitive start for Argentina-born forward Jonny Fabbro, who became eligible for the nation in 2012 after completing the necessary five years of residency in Paraguay.

Ecuador  v  Bolivia

Usually this would be hendicep for away side when coming in Quito (Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa on 2800 meters) but Bolivians will not have problems with it (la Paz is on 3600, Potosi on 3934,  oruro on 3700..)..but Bolivia will miss some players (cardozo, Campos, Escobar..)


FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking




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

Cerro ahead of Carapeguá game – Photo:

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

Cerro Porteño vs Guaraní

Estadio Gral. Pablo Rojas a.k.a La Olla
30/07/2012, 19:00
Prediction: 1-0

Cerro were in Chile on Thursday, hence the Monday kick off – Photo: Julio Dos Santos Twitter

Expect a good crowd for the defending champions first official home game of the season where they will show off plenty of new signings, add to that the almost derby status of this fixture. Guaraní started really badly with a home defeat in the Copa Sudamericana and I’ve said it a lot but worth repeating, goalscoring is their problem with no top class striker. In contrast Cerro scored three on Thursday night and if they defend competently this will be a winning start to the Clausura campaign. Both sides miss their main playmaker through injury, Jonathan Fabbro and Sergio Orteman respectively.

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): D.Barreto; L.Cardozo, P.Benítez, C.Benítez; C.Bonet, F.Oviedo, J.Dos Santos, D.Salcedo; A.Da Silva, G.Beltrán, R. López

Guaraní XI (probable): P.Aurrecochea; T.Bartomeus, A.Rodriguez, L.Cabral, E.Marecos; L.De la Cruz, M.Palau, J.Mendoza, B.Cáceres; D.López, C.Hidalgo

BEST BET: Last season Cerro had a habit of scoring late goals, in a tight game the Draw/Cerro bet at 4.4 looks interesting

By Ralph Hannah


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)