3 de Febrero vs Nacional Asuncion
Competition: Paraguay Clausura
Date: 16 September 2018
Kick-off: 21:45 CET
After four undefeated matches in a row (one of those in the Copa Paraguay), that 0-2 home defeat to Sol de América last weekend sort of… reminded 3 de Febrero that despite their recent comeback, it may still be too late for them to avoid relegation. They are in the middle of the Clausura table, but what matters the most is their position in the “promedio” table, and there, their situation is… dire. Put simply, they need a football miracle to avoid relegation. At home, they have won one of their five Clausura matches, conceding at least one goal in each and every one of those.
Nacional Asunción beat Deportivo Capiatá at home last Monday, their second straight home game in the championship to score three goals. They have earned seven of their 13 Clausura points in their last three games alone, sort of covering lost ground of the first five game weeks. Plus, despite… suffering, they qualified for the next round of the Copa Paraguay. After their recent positive results, they give you the impression that they have what it takes to finish in the top-4, which will earn them a Copa Libertadores ticket, even for the qualifiers (not the group stage). After losing key members at the end of the Apertura, a top-4 finish would be a success, no doubt, for the Arsenio Erico side.
Previous five matches:
3 de Febrero vs Sol de America 0-2
Libertad vs 3 de Febrero 0-0
General Caballero CG vs 3 de Febrero 0-3
3 de Febrero vs Guarani 2-1
Independiente CG vs 3 de Febrero 1-4
Nacional Asuncion vs Deportivo Capiata 3-1
Sol de America vs Nacional Asuncion 1-1
13 de Junio vs Nacional Asuncion 1-1
Nacional Asuncion vs Sportivo Luqueno 3-1
Libertad vs Nacional Asuncion 1-0
3 de Febrero’s next game is at Olimpia, next weekend. Nacional will be facing Cerro Porteño (both Clausura matches).
3 de Febrero vs Nacional Asuncion: Head to head Stats
The Apertura game between these two in Ciudad del Este earlier this year ended in a 1-1 draw. Before that, 3 de Febrero hadn’t hosted Nacional since 2014.
3 de Febrero vs Nacional Asuncion: Prediction
The hosts are with their back against the wall, obliged to try win the game, as even a draw won’t be a great result for them. Nacional have been good lately, but in this particular game, I expect the hosts’… desperation to push them to at least a draw.
3 de Febrero vs Nacional Asuncion: Betting Tips
3 de Febrero’s double chance is at 1.90, my main tip. If I left winners and losers aside, I would go for “under 2.5 goals”, at 1.90 as well.