Played a goalless draw in the first leg at the Manuel Ferreira Stadium, it promises to be an exciting contest as both sides know they have no margin for failure.
Olympias returned last Friday after a long break from football. He welcomed the international at the Estadio Tibursio Carias Andino for the first of his two-legged knockout stage games.
However, in a dull encounter, both the sides managed to cancel each other out as they played out an uneven goalless draw.
However, the International claimed a hard-earned 1–0 victory over Juventude when they returned. Brazilian Serie A Action on Monday.
Twenty-two-year-old forward Thiago Gallardo scored his first goal of the season to give Miguel Angel Ramírez’s men a hard-fought victory.
Prior to this, the International failed to taste victory in its last six matches in all competitions, drawing four and losing twice.
Meanwhile, Olympias failed to improve on their tremendous performance when they last returned to the Paraguay Primeira División. They lost a disappointing 3–1 against River Plate d’Asuncion.
Sergio Orteman’s men will now aim to end their dry spell and continue their hunt for a fourth Copa Libertadores title when they travel to Brazil on Friday.
In their respective domestic leagues, Internazionale is currently ranked 13th in Brasileiro Série A, while Olympias is ninth in the Paraguayan Primeira División.
International vs. Olympia Head-to-Head
This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides. The International has claimed two victories in the last three matches. Loot has been shared once.
International Form Guide (All Competitions): DLDDW
Olympia Form Guide (All Competitions): WWWDL
International vs. Olympia Team News
The hosts will be without the services of Renzo Saravia, Paolo Guerrero, Ze Gabriel and Rodrigo Moledo due to injuries.
Injured: Renzo Saravia, Paolo Guerrero, Ze Gabriel and Rodrigo Moledo
suspended: No one
Olympias has a clean bill of health in this sport. He will be boosted by the return of right-back Sergio Otalvaro, who has just returned from serving his suspension.
Injured: No one
suspended: No one
International vs Olympia Predicted XI
International Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Daniel; Paul Victor, Lucas Ribeiro, Pedro Henrique, Leo Borges; Rodrigo Dorado, Caio Vidal, Adenilson, Gabriel Boschilia, Patrick, Yuri Alberto
Olympia predicted XI (4-4-2): Alfredo Aguilar; Luis de la Cruz, Carlos Rollone, Jordan Santa Cruz, Sergio Otalvaro; Hugo Quintana, Rodrigo Rojas, Brian Ojeda, Marcelo Astigaribia; Darlis Gonzalez, Isidro Pitta
International vs Olympia Prediction
After the goalless draw of the first leg, the stakes will be higher for both sides who now face the risk of elimination.
While we expect another cage case, we anticipate that the hosts will claim a narrow victory as they have historically outperformed in this fixture.
Forecast: International 1-0 Olympia