General Diaz vs Nacional Asuncion
Competition: Paraguay Apertura
Date: 26 February 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
General Díaz were considered rather clear favourites to beat Independiente de Campo Grande last weekend, but I backed the outsiders to earn at least a draw, adding draw alone as my second tip (1.62 and 3.26 respectively). Both came good, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw, not a great result for General Díaz, but definitely not the worst that could have happened to them, as they were second best on the pitch for big parts of the game. Midweek, they traveled to Ecuador to face Barcelona in Guayaquil, in a Copa Sudamericana first round match. Surprisingly, they earned a goalless draw. The return leg is on March 7, in Paraguay. General Díaz have looked unconvincing thus far in the Apertura. Their 3-1 defeat at Olimpia was an expected one, but two draws at home against Deportivo Capiatá and Independiente have made them look… not good. Those were two games in which General Díaz were, theoretically, favourites.
Nacional earned that major 2-1 win over reigning champions Cerro Porteño on the first day of this season’s Apertura, but ever since then they have consistently under-performed and disappointed. They got humiliated 4-0 at Independiente de Campo Grande (a game they can still win though, if their complaint for an Inde player who, they claim, was ineligible to play, is accepted by the Paraguayan FA), looked boring in their 0-0 against Mineros de Guayana (Copa Sudamericana first round first leg), and were slightly better last weekend at home, against 3 de Febrero, another goalless draw, after the one against Mineros. It’s rather obvious that in the one game they didn’t have possession, against Cerro, it served them perfectly, scoring two goals early, taking advantage of Cerro defensive mistakes. In the other three games that they were the ones expected to… create, they failed, even big (at Independiente).
Previous five matches:
Barcelona vs General Diaz 0-0
General Diaz vs Independiente CG 1-1
Olimpia Asuncion vs General Diaz 3-1
General Diaz vs Deportivo Capiata 1-1
General Diaz vs Guarani 5-2
Nacional Asuncion vs 3 de Febrero 0-0
Nacional vs Mineros de Guayana 0-0
Independiente CG vs Nacional 4-0
Nacional vs Cerro Porteno 2-1
Libertad vs Nacional 0-2
General Díaz’s next game is at Sportivo Luqueño next weekend. Nacional will be hosting Sol de América (both Paraguay Apertura matches).
General Diaz vs Nacional Asuncion: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Nacional and three draws in the last five games between these two with General Díaz as hosts. Only one of those five matches had more than two goals.
General Diaz vs Nacional Asuncion: Prediction
Once again in a home game, General Díaz are considered – slight, this time – favourites to win. I have doubts. Other than that, I don’t see more than two goals.
General Diaz vs Nacional Asuncion: Betting Tips
“Under 2.5” pays better than what I expected, 1.72, and I would stay with that. “No” on “both teams to score” pays somewhat better, 1.87, and I like it as well.