Guarani vs Sol de America
Competition: Paraguay Apertura
Date: 4 February 2018
Kick-off: 00:20 CET
Looking way-way below average, Guaraní lost 1-0 in Mérida, Venezuela, to Carabobo, a result that hasn’t exactly left them with a mountain to climb in the return leg, but has definitely put them in a disadvantageous position. They did play with 10 men for more than half the game, but even before that, they looked practically… non-existent on the – very bad – pitch, at least offensively. They are hosting the Venezuelan side on Tuesday, and to remain alive in the Copa Libertadores qualifiers they need to win, and, most probably, keep a clean sheet. If they qualify, they will still need to beat either Olimpia or Junior to make it to the group stage. Against Sol de América, changes should be expected. It’s a… weird part of the season, where the players are still… recovering from the intense pre-season, but still have to give vastly important games in the Libertadores. It remains to be seen how extensive the rotation will be. Should be mentioned that Julio César Cáceres, Guaraní’s 38-year-old centre-back, returned to official action in Venezuela, after more than a year. He was found positive in a doping control test, he was banned, despite his age he kept training hoping to return, and… he did.
A big difference between Sol de América and Guaraní is that the former don’t have a vastly important international match in a few days. They have the… freedom to play with their best possible 11, against a team that first, will play rotated, and second, will have Carabobo in the back of their mind. Sol de América did very well in their friendly games in January, and Héctor Marecos, their coach, was particularly pleased with his attackers. There seems to be good chemistry between the attacking midfielders and the strikers, allowing the team to score several goals in their friendly games. It remains to be seen if they can replicate the same form in their first official match of the season. Sol de América are taking part in this year’s Copa Sudamericana, but their first game is still far away (mid April, against Independiente Medellín).
Previous five matches:
Carabobo vs Guarani 1-0
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
Cerro Porteno vs Sol de America 3-2
Sol de America vs Deportivo Capiata 1-1
Guarani vs Sol de America 0-1
Sol de America vs Libertad 1-2
Sportivo Luqueno vs Sol de America 0-2
Guarani’s next game is on Tuesday, again at home, versus Carabobo, a Copa Libertadores qualifier (return leg). Sol de America are hosting Deportivo Santani next Saturday (Paraguay Apertura).
Guarani vs Sol de America: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Guarani and two for Sol de America in the last five games between these two with Guarani as hosts. Four of those five matches had at least three goals.
Guarani vs Sol de America: Prediction
Betting companies consider Guaraní clear favourites to win the game, and under different circumstances I would agree, but… first, Guaraní looked very bad in Venezuela just a few days ago, and have a huge game coming up, three days after this one. Second, Sol de América seem to have found good chemistry in pre-season, and I will be anything but surprised if they start the Apertura with a positive result. All things considered, I’m backing Sol de América to earn at least a draw.
Guarani vs Sol de America: Betting Tips
Sol de America’s double chance pays 1.70, slightly less than Guarani’s win alone, and I have little doubt suggesting it. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.50 betting odds.
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