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Junior have the measure of poor travellers Guarani.

FOOTBALL JUNIOR v GUARANI 10.15pm JUNIOR dug deep to topple Olimpia in the previous qualifying phase of the Copa Libertadores and the Colombian crew can give themselves every chance of claiming another Paraguayan scalp by easing clear of Guarani in the opening leg in Barranquilla, writes Aaron Ashley.

Junior were defeated 1-0 by Olimpia on their trip to Asuncion but home is where the heart is for the Colombians and a 3-1 win in the return leg saw them oblige.

Junior's victory in the last round provides punters with a valuable form line. Olympia top the Paraguayan table having won their opening two games and they finished five points better off than Guarani last season.

Of course, the form shouldn't be taken literally but it's enough to suggest home advantage could be a huge aid to Junior, who have won their last five matches on their own patch.

The hosts should be full of confidence having already conquered Guarani's compatriots and they have lost just two of their 15 home matches in this competition and winning their last five, three of them were two goals or more.

The mixture of youth and experience in Junior's squad works well and they should fancy their chances against Guarani, who have shipped eight goals in suffering three consecutive road defeats.

Midfielder Yony Gonzalez is a class act and experienced forward Teofilo Gutierrez, who notched against Olimpia, is proving his worth.

Guarani have won just two of their last eight away games in this competition and they look set for more road despair at Junior.

Recommendation Junior -1 on handicap 1pt 6-4 Betfred

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Date:Feb 15, 2018
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