Superclásico

Boca Juniors – River Plate

Boca will play with reserves

Boca: Oscar Ustari; Alan Aguirre, Christian Cellay, Guillermo Burdisso y Emiliano Albín; Guillermo Fernández, Cristian Ebes y Nicolás Colazo; Lautaro Acosta, Nicolás Blandi y Lucas Viatri

River will not much combinate

River: Marcelo Barovero; Gabriel Mercado, Adalberto Román y Jonathan Bottinelli; Carlos Sánchez, Leonardo Ponzio, Cristian Ledesma y Leonel Vangioni; Mauro Díaz; Rogelio Funes Mori y Rodrigo Mora  link

superclasico

It was Barcelona who won the first El Clasico of the season as they recorded a 3-2 win in the Super Cup first leg at Camp Nou, but the goal Angel Di Maria scored in the dying moments of the match can give los Blancos reason for optimism before the return leg.

It’s been a while since Real Madrid last failed to win any of their first three games, and during pre-season nothing could suggest such a scenario.

If we disregard the 5-2 defeat to Benfica, los Blancos were pretty convincing in all other pre-season friendlies and they were certainly expected to start the league campaign with a bang.

However, Real Madrid could only muster a goalless draw against Valencia in the season opener, while they had to settle for a 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Super Cup first leg despite taking the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo.

To make matters worse, los Merengues were beaten by Getafe at the weekend, so they clearly face a mountain to climb in the Super Cup return leg.

New signing Luka Modric could be in contention, while Pepe is set to start after recovering from a concussion.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Casillas – Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao – Alonso, Khedira – Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo – Higuain.

Unlike their fierce rivals, Barcelona have enjoyed a bright start to the season, and their five-point advantage over Real in La Liga is likely to put an extra pressure on their opponents.

The Catalans needed some time to hit the ground running in the Super Cup first leg and they even allowed Real to take the lead, but three quick second-half goalsproved enough for the win.

Victor Valdes’ mistake gave los Blancos a lifeline before the match at Santiago Bernabeu..

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol could be in contention for this high-profile match despite fracturing his cheekbone at the weekend, while David Villa will probably have to wait for his chance on the bench.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Valdes – Dabi Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Pedro, Messi, Sanchez.

saturday 4/8

Barcelona v PSG

Probable starting lineups:

Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Febregas, Xavi, Inestia; Sanchez, Messi, Pedro

PSG: Douchez; Bisevac, Alex, Sakho, Armand; Chantome, Verratti; Nene, Pastore, Lavezzi; Ibrahimovic

2. Bundesliga » Bochum – Dresden

Bochum improved the squad a great deal during the transfer window… Looking to become a stable team. Fabian, Aydin, Delura, Esser and Toski injured. Acquistapace also out

Dynamo Dresden was a pleasant surprise last season but than all of the key players go during the transfer window. Scholz(gk) and Jungnickel injured, Fiel(r)(mid) has flu..

Sweden » Superettan » Ljungskile – Jonkopings

Jonkopings loose best palyer Hrgota (M’gladbach, att 14/10), other striker Cederqvist (14/4) wasis injured (but probably will play today), third striker Tegström (11/3) is suspended. Suspended are also Joakim Karlsson (mf 16/0), and Fredric Fendrich (mf 17/0). K Svensson (df 13/1), Djup, Snarberg and Justinussen also have problems with injuries. Thalin (17/7) is scoring but he cannot alone. They are weak away (2 points on last 6 games)..Ljungskile also without some players: Silva (df 10/0), Vroom (att 9/0), pavey (13/6) and Cakic (mf 13/0) but i think they can won this

FC Sion vs FC Basel

Priority for basel is Champions league (but they also cannot allow Sion to go far with points on table)

Lythuania, Banga – Atlantas

pick: Atlantas (+1.5) @ 2,1 bet365

It might be strange that I am betting on bottom team, but things changed dramatically in recent weeks. Atlantas have signed 14 different players during last month and team is totally different now. And last round they already recorded a victory against Dainava. It was their first home victory of the season. New signings N.Smith, T.Lagator and J.Rullier were one of the best in the team. Best thing that they are very skillful comparing to domestic players. Banga are an average team with no extraordinary personalities and I think they won’t win today

Paraguay Superclásico: Olimpia vs Cerro Porteño preview

 Olimpia vs Cerro Porteño
Estadio Defensores del Chaco
04/08/2012, 16.00 (21.00 BST)
Prediction: 1-1

A strange feeling about this game that takes place less than a month after the previous clásico (which Cerro Porteño won to take the league title) and it comes at a difficult time for both sides who have a Copa Sudamericana 2nd leg tie to contend with next week. Surprisingly the match won’t be played on neutral ground as Olimpia have opted to play in their stadium in an effort to try and make the home advantage pay.

Castorino is the form player for Olimpia – Photo: D10.com.py

Olimpia had a good opening win to the season, they are yet to concede in 180 minutes of competitive football which is a nod to Gregorio Perez the organised Uruguayan coach. He is likely to go for the 4-3-1-2 he used in the first game with three defensive-minded midfielders in Amado, Paredes and Ortiz. Juan Manuel Salgueiro will operate just behind the new-look partnership of in-form Arnaldo Castorino (3 goals in 4 games) and Nestor Bareiro which functioned well in the game against Rubio Ñu. As always with Olimpia their goalkeeper will be an inspirational figure and the defence must perform, a possible weak link is Salustiano Candia who will be out of position if picked at right back.

Previous superclásico from the skies – Photo: abc.com.py

Cerro Porteño are looking to make changes after the defeat to Guaraní and with Luis Cardozo out the Uruguayan Gonzalo Viera could make his debut in central defence. The eleven in the most recent training session (see below) seems very unbalanced with the possibility that Fabbro plays off the lone striker and Dos Santos in his preferred role as enganche. It seems that Jorge Fossati, suspended for this game following his red card against Guaraní, is looking to get as much attacking talent on the field of play. In the previous game it was his desire to take the game to a defensive Olimpia team that won the day, could this be a repeat?

Olimpia XI (probable): M.Silva;  S.Candia, J.C.Cáceres, E.Meza, R.Salinas; M.Amado, C.Paredes, R.Ortiz; A.Castorino, J.M.Salgueiro, N.Bareiro

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): D. Barreto; G.Viera, P.Benítez, C.Benítez; C. Bonet, J.Rojas, F.Oviedo, D.Salcedo; J.Dos Santos; J.Fabbro, R. Lopez

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Selected Odds: Check on Saturday

Best Bet: Always a tough one to call, on paper Cerro have a stronger side but Olimpia have the home advantage – draw?

Club presidents Zapag and Recanate

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STATS AND TRIVIA

Olimpia vs Cerro Porteño last five

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

Pld 5 –  Olimpia W 2 – Cerro W 1 – Draws 2

Superclásico head-to-head (League Games)

Pld 273 – Cerro W 97 – Olimpia W 93 – Draws 83

Enrique Cáceres refs only his second clásico, he has been in charge of 21 Olimpia games

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 (look whole round preview)

Sligo – Drogheda Utd

Sligo without North (att 16/14)

Joinville – Criciuma

Criciuma without goal machine Ze Carlos (12/16) + Lucca (11/4)

Germany » LIGA total! Cup

Hamburger – Dortmund

Bayern Munich – Werder Bremen

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