Cerro Porteno take on the visitors Palmeiras in the first leg of the round of last 16 match of Copa Libertadores. The match will be played on Thursday, June 30th at Estadio General Pablo Rojas (Asunción).
Cerro Porteno are showing good results this season. "Blue Garnet" in Clausura last year were able to once again become the champion of Paraguay. This is the 34th title in the national championship. Now, however, it is impossible to repeat this: Libertad in 2020 turned out to be a little, but stronger. Although in the last rounds, the wards of Francisco Arce showed good results, defeating all opponents. At the same time, in the Cope Libertadores, they managed to overtake other countrymen, Olympia from Asuncion, in the dispute for 2nd place. The clubs were evenly divided, 8 points each, and only additional indicators saved.
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Palmeiras can be considered the favorite this season. "Piglets", as a rule, in recent years does not finish the draw without winning a bright trophy. In 2016 and 2018, it was possible to take the championship title. More recently, under Abel Ferreira, the focus of success has shifted to the international arena. The Portuguese brought victories in the Cope Libertadores for the Brazilians both the year before and in the last draw. Now, the impression is that the "greens" are trying to achieve results in all competitions. It was them who were able, despite the slippage at the start, to win the leading positions in Serie A. And, most importantly, they confidently passed the group round in the international tournament. There, Palmeiras was able to give out 100% statistics, winning all 6 matches. But, of course, the main thing is to continue at the same level in the playoffs, where the price of each misfire rises sharply.
So far, the overall balance is in favor of Cerro Porteño - they won twice with a single defeat in 6 fights. But if in the group rounds, in 2005 and 2006, the Paraguayans did not lose, then in 2018, in the 1/8 finals, they lost because the Brazilians scored more. Cerro Porteño is quite good, but they face a very strong opponent. We bet on Palmeiras to win on the road.
Prediction for the match: Palmeiras to win.