Sportivo Luqueno vs Olimpia Asuncion
Competition: Paraguay Clausura
Date: 5 August 2018
Kick-off: 21:30 CET
Uruguayan center-forward Gonzalo Barreto scored just two goals for Sportivo Luqueño in the entire Apertura, but last weekend, at 3 de Febrero, he already… matched his – poor – Apertura tally, scoring both his team’s goals in their 0-2 victory. The Luque side is on seven points from three matches, an awesome start. Right midfielder Osmar Leguizamón and right-back Aquilino Giménez are unavailable because of a clause in their contracts (they play at Luqueño on loan from Olimpia). The game is held in Ciudad del Este, on the border with Brazil, not in Luque. It’s interesting that the board of directors decided to… reward the players for their good start in the season, paying for plane tickets, while the members of the board themselves, and other members of the team, made the trip to Ciudad del Este on a bus.
Once again, Olimpia conceded first last weekend when they hosted Deportivo Santaní, and this time, not only they failed to win the game, but they failed to score as well, losing 0-1(!). In the Apertura, their first defeat came super late in the tournament, and was by Cerro Porteño. The reigning champions were absolutely dominant last weekend, they missed several clear chances, but none of their players managed to beat Gustavo Arévalos. Santaní’s goalkeeper was… a wall, against whom all Olimpia attempts stopped. Roque Santa Cruz and William Mendieta (both absent in the defeat to Santaní) are back. Olimpia are expected to start with Alfredo Aguilar, Sergio Otálvaro, Darío Verón, Jorge Arias, Iván Torres, Fernando Cardozo, Richard Sánchez, Richard Ortiz, William Mendieta, Roque Santa Cruz and Néstor Camacho.
Previous five matches:
3 de Febrero vs Sportivo Luqueno 0-2
Deportivo Recoleta vs Sportivo Luqueno 0-4
Sportivo Luqueno vs Sol de America 2-2
Libertad vs Sportivo Luqueno 2-3
Sportivo Luqueno vs Sol de America 0-1
Olimpia vs Deportivo Santani 0-1
24 de Setiembre vs Olimpia 0-2
General Diaz vs Olimpia 1-1
Nacional Asuncion vs Olimpia 1-2
Olimpia vs Nacional Asuncion 4-2
Sportivo Luqueño’s next game is at General Díaz, next Sunday. Same day, Olimpia will be hosting Deportivo Capiatá (both Paraguay Clausura matches).
Sportivo Luqueno vs Olimpia Asuncion: Head to head Stats
The last three games between these two with Luqueño as hosts have ended in a draw. Before that, Sportivo and Olimpia had one win each.
Sportivo Luqueno vs Olimpia Asuncion: Prediction
Sportivo Luqueño have started the Clausura well, Olimpia not really, but in this specific game I expect the reigning champions to remind their fans of the team that dominated the league in the first half of the year.
Sportivo Luqueno vs Olimpia Asuncion: Betting Tips
Olimpia’s win is at 1.75. “Over 2.5 goals” pays 1.72. These two combined are at 2.55.