Sportivo Luqueno vs 3 de Febrero
Competition: Paraguay Clausura
Date: 12 October 2018
Kick-off: 23:00 CET
Things are… tense at Sportivo Luqueño, to write the least. After their 1-0 defeat at Sol de América last weekend, police got news that a group of “barras” (some of the most… fanatic Sportivo supporters) were organizing a protest outside the house of the club president, so they sent a strong force to station themselves right in front of it. Later in the week, the members of the “oficialismo” (the ones who are running the club at the moment) and their opposition, agreed to leave their differences aside temporarily, so as to focus on how to… save the team from relegation. Last, it was decided to have the players gathered at some hotel not just the night before the game, but two days earlier, so as to underline the significance of this match against 3 de Febrero. Sportivo Luqueño are third-to-last in the promedio table, and anything else but three points in this game will be a… disaster.
That was a letdown… After triumphing 1-5(!) at General Díaz, 3 de Febrero didn’t manage to beat Deportivo Santaní at home, staying at a not good enough goalless draw. Playing at home, against a direct rival in the fight to avoid relegation, in a six-point match, the Ciudad del Este side should have done better. They were and remain with their back against the wall. A win in this game, allows them to keep dreaming. If they lose, practically all is over. A draw will leave them some, but not much, hope.
Previous five matches:
Sol de America vs Sportivo Luqueno 1-0
Sportivo Luqueno vs Libertad 0-0
Sportivo Luqueno vs Fernando de la Mora 5-3
Sportivo Luqueno vs Guarani 0-3
Independiente CG vs Sportivo Luqueno 1-1
3 de Febrero vs Deportivo Santani 0-0
General Diaz vs 3 de Febrero 1-5
3 de Febrero vs Ovetense 1-0
Olimpia vs 3 de Febrero 1-0
3 de Febrero vs Nacional Asuncion 1-3
Sportivo Luqueño’s next game is at Olimpia, next weekend. 3 de Febrero will be hosting Deportivo Capiatá (both Clausura matches).
Sportivo Luqueno vs 3 de Febrero: Head to head Stats
The Apertura game between these two in Luque, earlier this year, ended in a 1-1 draw. Before that, Sportivo Luqueño hadn’t hosted 3 de Febrero in four years.
Sportivo Luqueno vs 3 de Febrero: Prediction
The game is held in Luque, but at Adrián Jara, General Díaz’s stadium. Sportivo Luqueño set the cheapest tickets at just 5,000 guaraníes, less than one euro(!), so as to attract as many fans as possible to this big-big (for both teams) match. The “hosts” are considered favorites, but personally I feel draw is the most probable result.
Sportivo Luqueno vs 3 de Febrero: Betting Tips
Draw pays 3.20. 3 de Febrero’s double chance is at 1.87, marginally better than Sportivo Luqueño’s win, and minimizes the risk of betting only on draw.