Nacional Asuncion vs Sol de America
Competition: Paraguay Apertura
Date: 2 March 2018
Kick-off: 22:00 CET
Nacional Asunción hadn’t scored a single goal in their three previous games before visiting General Díaz last weekend, but when the hosts’ goalkeeper made an amateur’s mistake in the 27th minute, Fernando Romero was there to seize the opportunity. Things went from good to even better just before halftime for Nacional, when General Díaz were reduced to 10 men. Interestingly, in the second half, Nacional came close to wasting two points. They got equalised in the 65th minute, but soon after that, Jonathan Santana sent the ball in, to give his team all three points. Despite their spectacular ups and downs these first four game weeks in Paraguay’s Apertura, Nacional are on seven points, still hopeful of being given three more. They got butchered by Independiente de Campo Grande three weeks ago (4-0), but they claimed an Inde player was ineligible, and are still waiting for the Paraguayan FA to make a decision. Yes, it’s been three weeks, and we still don’t have a final decision, as if it’s the most complicated case in the history of world football. Nacional signed Nery Cardozo, a striker who has played for Olimpia and Guaraní in the past, but he’s not fit yet to play. He should be in a week or two. They are traveling to Venezuela after this match, for the return leg against Mineros de Guayana, on Thursday. They drew 0-0 at home in the first leg (Copa Sudamericana first round).
Second home game for Sol de América last weekend, second victory, this time over 3 de Febrero. Sol went 1-0 down after just 11 minutes, paying for a massive mistake made by their goalkeeper. Five minutes later, Ernesto Álvarez offered one of the highlights of the previous game week, avoiding two 3 de Febrero players before firing the ball past the visitors’ keeper. Sol were absolutely dominant after that, but they needed a comical own-goal in the second minute of the second half to take the lead. They finally put the game to bed in the 80th minute (great pass by Álvarez, cool finish by Ignacio Miño). Their fourth goal just before the final whistle, scored by César Villagra, a gift by 3 de Febrero’s keeper, was the cherry on top for the hosts. As previously mentioned, Sol have two wins in as many home games, but both times they played as visitors they lost, and especially in that game versus Guaraní they got humiliated, 6-2. On the other hand, Nacional are not Guaraní, let alone Cerro Porteño (the other team they have already visited), so they have reason to hope they can get something out of this away match.
Previous five matches:
General Diaz vs Nacional Asuncion 1-2
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
Sol de America vs 3 de Febrero 4-1
Cerro Porteno vs Sol de America 2-0
Sol de America vs Deportivo Santani 3-2
Guarani vs Sol de America 6-2
Cerro Porteno vs Sol de America 3-2
Nacional’s next game is on Thursday, March 8, in Venezuela, against Mineros de Guayana (Copa Sudamericana first leg return leg). A day later, Sol de América will be visiting Libertad (Paraguay Apertura).
Nacional Asuncion vs Sol de America: Head to head Stats
One win for Nacional, one for Sol, and three draws, in the last five games between these two with Nacional as hosts. Two of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Nacional Asuncion vs Sol de America: Prediction
Nacional won last weekend, but… I’m not buying that. I still don’t trust them to beat Sol, who have shown interesting things these first weeks of the season.
Nacional Asuncion vs Sol de America: Betting Tips
Sol de América’s double chance pays 1.72. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.45 betting odds. They score a lot, I believe they can score at Arsenio Erico as well, and leave Nacional’s home if not winners (0-1), at least with a point (1-1).
More Paraguay Apertura betting tips and match previews:
- Sportivo Luqueno vs General Diaz
- Deportivo Santani vs Olimpia Asuncion
- Cerro Porteno vs Deportivo Capiata
- 3 de Febrero vs Libertad
- Guarani vs Independiente CG