Sportivo Ameliano v Guaireña
Sportivo Ameliano head into this match on the back of three straight 2-1 defeats in which they’ve had a player sent off in every game. The latest slump seems to have extinguished any hopes of salvation as the side are destined to return to Intermedia. Guaireña meanwhile come into the game unbeaten in four in the league and on a good scoring run, having netted in 10 of their last 11 league matches.
Ameliano lost Robert Aldama in stoppage time to a wild challenge against Libertad, it means both he and Marcos Martinich (serving a two-match ban) will be suspended as the backline will have to be rotated again. The constant movement in defence hasn’t helped the V Azulada who have now conceded nine in their last six league matches. However, they will be boosted by their “home” form this season – despite playing in a rented stadium rather than their own – they have accumulated four wins in six only losing to the joint leaders Nacional and Cerro Porteño.
Conversely Guaireña haven’t travelled well to the capital, their only away win this year was against Resistencia as they took advantage of their rivals going down to ten men within 25 minutes. That said, despite the reverses on the road, they usually manage to find the net only being kept out once by Sol de América when the Albiceleste were reduced to nine men. The form of Victor Ayala and Rosalino Toledo in midfield has been important recently, whether starting or coming off the bench they have been influential to Troadio Duarte’s team.
Goals seem guaranteed in this fixture even with Guaireña’s topscorer Nildo Viera out with injury they have found the net throughout the rest of the side. The previous three league meetings during 2022 all went over 2.5 goals with Guaireña always scoring over 1.5 themselves.
General Caballero v Guaraní
An out of sorts General Caballero face a recovering Guaraní as the rojo welcome the aurinegro to the Estadio Ka’arendy on Friday night. With just two wins in Juan León Mallorquín the side managed by Gustavo Florentín are the 2nd worst performers at home, only above basement side 12 de Octubre.
This season General Caballero simply haven’t recovered well from losing their strikeforce in the offseason with Junior Marabel and Santiago Salcedo having departed. That said, their great problem has been in defense and with 21 goals conceded after the first 12 games they do have the worst record in the league. At home that has been particularly bad, conceding two goals a game on average and they shipped four to Guaraní in this fixture in the Apertura. Defender José Vera will still be out, serving a ban for his red card in the defeat to Sol de América.
Guaraní are another side that find it hard to keep the goals out of their own net, they are currently on a run of 10 games without a clean sheet but have only lost one in eight in all competitions as they perform well at the other end. One shining light has been 19-year-old playmaker Romeo Benítez who has dazzled defenders with his dribbling and been influential off the bench in his previous two matches.
Guaraní have faced General Caballero four times and won all of them, most recently a couple of weeks ago in the Copa Paraguay which ended 3-1. Fernando Fernández has scored five times in those four matches, and the all-time top scorer was on target in the last match against Olimpia as he returns to form.
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