While Europe is nearing the end of the football season, on the opposite side of the globe, Latin America, the group stage of the local top-flight tournament, the Copa Libertadores, is in full swing. Peñarol and Cerro Porteño will meet in round 5. Can the Uruguayans beat the Paraguayan representative at home? The author’s team writes a detailed forecast for the match on May 18, 2022. Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app.
Peñarol are traditionally considered the leaders of Uruguayan club football
The Black and Gold have won the domestic league title an incredible 53 times – including the 2021 draw. Now, by the way, the Grand Slam are off to a decidedly poor start. But there is still time, as the vast experience shows, to put things right. It is more important to try to rectify the situation in the Copa Libertadores, by the way, a tournament they managed to win five times. Yes, the last time they took the trophy was in 1987, but relatively recently, in 2011, they managed to get to the finals. Now the chances are slim to none, because their only success was a 2-1 home win against Olympia while losing the other 3 fixtures.
Cerro Porteño goes 1st so far, but it’s too early to tell if he’s in the playoffs
Cyclone is a lot like their next opponent in terms of status – by general standards. Also a host of trophies, 34, including gold medals taken in both 2020 and 2021. And now the battle for title defence continues, but there is an uphill battle there with Libertad. On the other hand, the charges of Francisco Arce (by the way, quite a strong player in the past, having played more than 60 matches for the national team) have made a strong start in the current Copa Libertadores. They traded victories with Colon, minimally defeated Peñarol, but had only a zero draw in Assuncion with the countrymen they know well, Olimpija. With 7 points, Cerro Porteño are the first in their quartet, but Colon have the same number of points, and another representative of Paraguay only 2 points less. On the other hand, if you win now, you can close the final questions – the rivals are playing each other, and surely someone will lose points.
Having won at home at the end of April thanks to Cardoso Lucena’s only goal, Cerro Porteño have levelled the stats – the clubs now have 2 wins each over each other.
Cerro Porteño have no point in tearing up their veins, which is not the case for Peñarol. We recommend to bet on the victory of the hosts at a handicap “0” (odds – 1.82).