Carabobo vs Guarani
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 30 January 2018
Kick-off: 23:15 CET
First things first; the game is not held in Valencia, Carabobo’s home, but in Mérida, hundreds of kilometers away, close to the border with Colombia. Valencia’s stadium doesn’t comply with the CONMEBOL regulations, Carabobo had to find another place to play this game, and for some reason they chose Mérida. Their president decided to offer free entrance to any fans interested in watching the game, hoping that Mérida’s big stadium (it can host more than 40,000 people) won’t be totally empty. Carabobo signed three players who are expected to be key figures this season, and judging by their comments these last days they seem confident that they are ready to take on Guaraní. They were supposed to have hosted Estudiantes Mérida in Venezuela’s championship, but that game got postponed so that Carabobo had more time and… peace of mind to focus on the two games against their Paraguayan rivals in the Copa Libertadores qualifiers. They haven’t played an official game since late November.
Guaraní would be having the upper hand in this tie even if Carabobo were playing their home game at their… real home, Valencia. The fact that the game is held 600km away, seems to be making Guaraní’s mission… even more doable (I’m avoiding using the word “easier”). Just like their opponents, they haven’t played an official game in almost two months now, but have been preparing for the new season for about three weeks. A big difference between last season and now, is that 38-year-old Sebastián Saja is in charge, a new coach, who seems super… thirsty for success, and motivated to prove his worth at a club like Guaraní, before making the next step in his career. Last season, not only they played in the Copa Libertadores group stage, but they also made it out of it, finishing second in their group, behind Gremio. In the first knock-out round, River Plate proved too good for them.
Previous five matches:
Mineros de Guayana vs Carabobo 1-0
Carabobo vs Mineros de Guayana 0-0
Carabobo vs Caracas 2-0
Caracas vs Carabobo 0-1
Carabobo vs Metropolitanos 1-1
General Díaz vs Guarani 5-2
Guarani vs Cerro Porteño 2-1
Guarani vs Sol de América 0-1
Sportivo Luqueño vs Guarani 0-2
Guarani vs Rubio Ñú 0-1
Carabobo are scheduled to face Estudiantes Caracas on Sunday, but that game will most-most probably get postponed, so their next game should be at Guaraní, next Tuesday. Guaraní themselves are hosting Sol de América on Friday, first game of the new season in Paraguay.
Carabobo vs Guarani: Head to head Stats
Carabobo have very little international history, they have never hosted a team from Paraguay before.
Carabobo vs Guarani: Prediction
Guaraní are considered rather clear favourites to win the game, and I have to agree. They have a better roster, and the game is being held at an almost neutral venue. This can prove a trap for Guaraní, they could get complacent, but… still, they should win the game, making their life much easier in the return leg back in Asunción.
Carabobo vs Guarani: Betting Tips
Guaraní’s win pays 2.10. Their victory in “draw no bet” is at 1.53 betting odds, proper for those who prefer to minimize the risk.
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