Olimpia vs Sporting Cristal
Date: Thursday, 9 May 2019
Kick-Off 23:15 UK / 00:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Manuel Ferreira (Asuncion).
Olimpia have a great chance to finish the group stage campaign on a high with a victory over Peruvian champions Sporting Cristal on Thursday evening. The hosts have already secured the knockout phase of the competition and need a point here to secure the top sport in Group C regardless of the outcome of the second tie between Godoy Cruz and Universidad Concepcion.
El Decano are enjoying a stellar form this season in domestic affairs too. They are cruising their way towards defending Paraguayan Division Profesional title. Daniel Garnero’s troops are ten points clear at the top of the standings in the elite tier of Paraguayan football (14 wins, 5 draws and 0 defeats).
The hosts are also unbeaten in Copa Libertadores where they won two and drew three of five matches so far. They drew 1-1 to Universidad Concepcion at the start of the competition, but went on to beat Godoy Cruz 2-1 in the second home fixture of the campaign.
Olimpia vs Sporting Cristal: Head-to-head
Olimpia lead the head to head tie by one win coming into eighth meeting with Los Cerveceros.
El Decano clinched a demolishing 0-3 victory when they visited Lima a month ago.
There were at least three goals scored in each of past four head to head affairs.
Olimpia won each of three home clashes against Sporting Cristal with a goal difference of 4-1 in the process.
Olimpia vs Sporting Cristal: Prediction
The visitors’ form saw somewhat of a slide in recent weeks. They go into this winless in four successive matches across competitions. Los Cerveceros scored only one goal in past three outings. Such form gave them a five-point deficit to leaders Deportivo Bincional after 12 rounds of the season in the elite class of Peruvian football.
Olimpia allowed only one goal in past five home outings in all competitions, four of which they’ve won. The home win to nil just has to be the way to go based on both form and head to head tradition.
Olimpia vs Sporting Cristal: Bet Tips
Olimpia to win @ 1.44 (4/9)
Olimpia to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.20 (6/5).