The group stages of the 2022 Copa Libertadores return this week and will see Penarol host Cerro Porteno at the Estadio Campeon del Siglo on Tuesday.
Penarol has struggled to find form in the continental arena this season. They lost 2-1 to Colon de Santa Fe in the opener and then came back to claim their first win of the game with a 2-1 win over Olimpia before losing the next two.
Penarol is at the bottom of Group G with just three points from No. 12. They will try to get the maximum points this week to keep their hopes up.
Cerro Porteno is unbeaten in the first three games of this season’s Copa Libertadores, winning twice and drawing the other. However, they suffered their first defeat in their last match, losing 2-1 to Colon de Santa Fe earlier this month.
Cerro Porteno remains top of the table with seven points from four games. They will be looking to scrap their latest results and return to victory this weekend as they continue their push for the knockout stages.
Head to head Penarol vs Cerro Porteno
Thursday’s match will mark the third meeting between Penarol and Cerro Porteno. Both sides have won each game, with the home side winning 1-0 in a friendly in 2016 and the away team winning by a similar margin in the reverse of this match.
Penarol Form Instructions (Copa Libertadores): LLWL
Cerro Porteno Form Guide (Copa Libertadores): LWWD
Team News Penarol vs Cerro Porteno
Juan Ramos has returned to full fitness and should start here. Valentín Rodríguez and Thiago Cardozo are both injured and are not expected to play.
Injured: Valentin Rodríguez, Thiago Cardozo
Suspect: Not available
Prohibit: Not available
Fabian Franco received a red card against Colon de Santa Fe and was suspended Tuesday. Robert Morales is still sidelined with a long-term injury.
Injured: Robert Morales
Suspect: Not available
Prohibit: Fabian Franco
Penarol vs Cerro Porteno predicts XI
Penarol predicts XI (4-3-3): Kevin Dawson (GK); Juan Ramos, Edgar Elizalde, Hernan Menosse, Ramon Arias; Federico Carrizo, Damian Musto, Walter Gargano; Pablo Ceppelini, Ignacio Laquintana; Agustin Alvarez
Cerro Porteno predicts XI (5-4-1 .)): Jean (GK); Alan Rodriguez, Juan Patino, Alexis Duarte, William Riveros, Alberto Espinola; Claudio Aquino, Piris da Motta, Angel Cardozo, Fernando Romero; Marcelo Moreno
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Prediction Penarol vs Cerro Porteno
Penarol has had to receive defeat in the last two Copa Libertadores opening matches, losing 1-0 both times. However, they have lost just one home game in all competitions this year and will be looking to maximize their home advantage this week.
Cerro Porteno has won just one of its last four matches in all competitions after winning five of the previous six. They have not won away from home in the continental arena this season and may lose this match.
Guess: Penarol 2-1 Cerro Porteno
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