Jun 23, 2013

Deportivo Capiata - Olimpia

Paraguay Primera Division
Olimpia's coach has made it official, announcing that for what's left of the season, he will use a completely alternative squad, in order to keep the regulars fresh and fit for the Copa Libertadore's semi-final against Santa Fe. They have nothing to play for in the league anyway, since Nacional have already been crowned as champions a few rounds ago. The only thing left for them to play for is Copa Libertadores, therefore in the remaining two league rounds, we will be seeing a completely different team, consisting mainly of fringe reserve players mixed with a handful of youngsters. They're record in the league isn't great, especially away from home, where they are on 3-5-2 and a 10-11 goal difference. Capiata doesn't have any immediate objectives either, but I'm sure they'll play with fire for a few reasons. First of all, they are a small team, so any win/performance against one of the giants would be enough reasons to celebrate. Besides, they've already beaten Olimpia in their previous match, 3-2 as visitors, so a repeat of that performance would be something to remember. They also need to gather as many points as possible to make sure they won't get caught in the relegation battle, so I'm going for the minnows today. GL!
Capiata (+0.25 AH) @ 1.77, 4/10
Result: 1-1, HALF WON

LDU Quito - El Nacional

Ecuador Serie A, Primera Etapa

As the First Stage of the Ecuadorian league is entering it's final rounds, there 4 teams that are still gunning for the first place. Everybody is waiting for another misstep from Emelec in order to achieve something, but they'll be fighting until the very end. Liga de Quito is one of the challengers, as they are currently sitting just 3 points behind the leaders, and if they are to keep hoping, they'll have to win all their remaining games. Today it will be against El Nacional, a team that has recently found some form, although they are still very poor when leaving their home stadium (they have a 1-17 record on the road). LDU haven't been the same as in previous years, not even at home where they bolster a record of 6-1-2, but they are also in good form, and the chance to tie Emelec on points should give them some extra-motivation. History is also on their side, as they have won 9 of the last 10 home duels against El Nacional, and are looking good to increase those numbers. GL!

LDU (-0.75 AH) @ 1.87, 3/10
Result: 1-0, HALF-WON