In the upcoming fixture of Copa Libertadores, Third Round, Cerro Porteno will take on Fortaleza at the General Pablo Rojas Stadium in Asuncion. The last time these two teams played the previous week, Cerro Porteno won away from home 0-1. Cerro Porteno has been occupied in the Paraguayan Primera Division, whereas Fortaleza EC is yet to start its Brazil Serie A campaign in April. The two teams have managed to stay consistent in their divisional matches, making the upcoming fixture interesting and competitive.
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Going in the matchup, Cerro Porteno is coming off a draw against Luqueno (3-3), in which Rafael Carrascal, Damian Bobadilla, and Samu scored goals. If Cerro Porteno manages to continue with consistency, Fortaleza might struggle to even score in Asuncion Cerro Porteno has managed to stay unbeaten in the last 5 matches across all tournaments. Moreover, Cerro Porteno has scored 8 goals, averaging 1.6 goals per game. In the last three outings of Copa Libertadores Cerro Porteno have kept a clean sheet , which is why they will move in as favorites for scoring and winning. In the first leg, Diego Churin scored the only goal of the match, giving his team an important lead. Such individual performances are expected as Cerro Porteno plays at home.
Going in the matchup, Fortaleza will be under pressure as Cerro leads with advantage. Fortaleza will be backing forwards to score early in the contest and settle the previous advantage. Once Fortaleza EC manages to score the opening goal, the script and odds will swing in the visitor’s favor. If we take a close look at Fortaleza’s recent form in the competition, they have failed to score in two consecutive matches. With the likes of Calebe, Titi, and Tinga in the lineup, Fortaleza is likely to play with a competitive approach. Talking about the scoring and conceding average, Fortaleza has scored 6 and conceded 5 goals in the last 5 outings. Hence, Fortaleza is likely to play with an attacking approach in the first 10-15 minutes of play.
Going in the matchup, Cerro Porteno might have the unsung advantage of playing at home. With the group stage qualification in touching distance, Cerro Porteno is likely to play with a reasonable formation and mindset. I am not expecting any sort of blunders from Cerro in the first half of play. Hence, I am backing Cerro Porteno to win at home and continue with winning momentum. The final scoreline is expected to be 1-0 or 2-0.
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