General Diaz vs Deportivo Capiata
Competition: Paraguay Apertura
Date: 3 February 2018
Kick-off: 22:00 CET
An interesting detail about General Díaz is that they hired a new coach just ten days ago. It’s Francisco “El Chiqui” Arce, former coach of the national team of Paraguay, as well as four clubs of the country. He is actually the only coach to have won the championship with both Paraguay’s “greats”, Olimpia and Cerro Porteño. Generally, he is well-respected, and considered to be one of the best Paraguayan coaches. Still, this doesn’t change the fact that he only took over ten days ago, whatever that means about how much time he had to work with his players. It should also be noted that the “Eagles” have ten new guys in their roster, so again, it remains to be seen how soon they will manage to… start looking like a team, playing the way their coach hopes to make them play. General Díaz was the sixth best team in the country last year, combining both halves of the season, so they earned a ticket to the Copa Sudamericana, where they will be facing Barcelona from Guayaquil.
Deportivo Capiatá just sold two players to Cerro Porteño, and by “just” I mean… just, two days before their first game of the season. Junior Marabel and Ronald Roa are young attackers, the kind of players Deportivo Capiatá need to sell every now and then, so as to sustain themselves financially. Last season they finished 8th in the Apertura and 9th in the Clausura, “decent” for a team of their standards. Traditionally, they depend on their team spirit, rather than… individual skills, and this season shouldn’t be any different. One thing they have going for them is that… there is way-way less pressure than in other teams, “bigger” teams. This offers a good environment for young, mostly, players to… focus on improving their game, not obsessing about… winning the championship, which, either way, won’t happen.
Previous five matches:
General Diaz vs Guarani 5-2
Sportivo Luqueno vs General Diaz 3-0
General Diaz vs Rubio Ñú 0-0
Nacional Asuncion vs General Diaz 2-0
General Diaz vs Olimpia 1-0
Deportivo Capiata vs Olimpia 1-2
Sol de America vs Deportivo Capiata 1-1
Libertad vs Deportivo Capiata 0-0
Deportivo Capiata vs Independiente FBC 0-1
Sportivo Trinidense vs Deportivo Capiata 0-0
General Diaz’s next game is at Olimpia, next Friday. Same day, Deportivo Capiata will be hosting Sportivo Luqueno (both Paraguay Apertura matches).
General Diaz vs Deportivo Capiata: Head to head Stats
Four of the last five games between these two with General Diaz as hosts, have ended in a draw. Capiata celebrated one victory. Only one of those five matches had more than two goals.
General Diaz vs Deportivo Capiata: Prediction
General Díaz are favourites to win the game, and I do expect them to do so, despite having many new faces and a coach who started working at the club just ten days ago. I feel their roster is superior to that of Deportivo Capiatá, and one way or another they should score at least… half a goal more than their opponents to pick up all three points.
General Diaz vs Deportivo Capiata: Betting Tips
General Díaz’s win pays 2.25, which is actually better than what I expected. I consider it good enough to avoid risking further with special bets.
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