General Caballero v Cerro Porteno
General Caballero receive Cerro Porteño in the Ka’arendy stadium having given up home advantage against Olimpia last week only to lose in Ciudad del Este. The visitors come into this game $3 million better off having secured qualification to the Libertadores group stages on Thursday.
General Caballero seem to be suffering from the classic second season syndrome as they have won just once in all competitions in 2023. Troadio Duarte has taken the reins but is yet to get a win in his first two matches with the Rojo. This week they were rocked by the injury to veteran striker Roberto Ovelar who will be out for some time. The one good bit of news is that Tobías Castellano returns from suspension after two games out.
Facundo Sava made 10 changes in the last league game from the side that had competed in the Copa Libertadores and found himself 2-0 down. The side rallied superbly in the final 10 minutes but only after having made five substitutions, earning a draw which keeps the Argentinian unbeaten since taking over. There will likely be plenty of changes again for this match, the league is no longer a priority given the 8 point gap from the top. One player that is worth looking out for is teenager Alexis Fariña who has starred in his two substitute appearances so far.
Cerro Porteño are unbeaten in 16 games and in theory should have enough to win this game, but the likelihood they will make multiple changes makes the outright win a risky bet. Troadio Duarte has never managed to win against El Ciclón in 11 games on the sidelines, drawing 5 and losing 6. The probability leans towards an exciting encounter, both sides have seen 3 of their last 5 matches go over 2.5 goals in all competitions.
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