2019 Copa Libertadores – Cerro Porteno vs San Lorenzo Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cerro Porteno vs San Lorenzo taking place? Wednesday 31th July, 2019 – 23:15 (UK)

Where is Cerro Porteno vs San Lorenzo taking place? Estadio General Pablo Rojas, Asuncion

What television channel is Cerro Porteno vs San Lorenzo on? Fox Sports in Latin America / No broadcast in UK region

Where can I stream Cerro Porteno vs San Lorenzo? Fox Sports GO, bet365

Where can I get tickets for Cerro Porteno vs San Lorenzo? Check official club websites for ticket details

THE TEAM NEWS

CERRO PORTENO

  • Cerro Porteno will be considerably weakened in midfield since Hernan Novick and Victor Caceres are slated to miss this game through injury. Plus, right-back Alberto Espinola is suspended.
  • Nelson Haedo Valdez is the heart and soul of this Cerro Porteno side. The veteran striker has three goals in the competition and will look to be the difference for his side.
  • The first leg of this fixture ended with a scoreless draw and Cerro Porteno are without a win in their last two competitive matches (D1, L1), but prior to that run they were on a four-game winning streak. They own a W5, D3, L2 mark in their last 10 competitive games and have lost just once in their last five home matches (W3, D1, L1).

SAN LORENZO

  • San Lorenzo do not have any notable injuries, although it’s worth noting that goalkeeper Nicolas Navarro is ineligible to play in this contest.
  • Nicolas Blandi is coming off a scoring effort in his previous league appearance and will lead San Lorenzo’s attacking line once again. The 29-year-old forward is yet to score in five Copa Libertadores appearances, and this would be the perfect time to end his drought.
  • San Lorenzo won in their Super Liga debut this past weekend, but that has been their lone win in their previous five competitive matches (W1, D2, L2). They own a W3, D3, L4 in their last 10 games and are currently riding a three-game losing streak away from home.

THE PREDICTION

There’s not much separating these two sides, at least on paper. It’s worth noting that each of San Lorenzo’s last five away matches has featured under 2.5 goals in total, but the same thing has happened in just one of Cerro Porteno’s last five home games. The home side enter this match riding a better run of results, however, and that should be enough to give them the win here where they can exploit San Lorenzo’s defensive weaknesses.

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