River Plate vs. Peñarol Pick & Prediction MAR 18th 2023

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Peñarol vs River Plate: wants to remain leader

The First Division of Uruguayan soccer left many surprises so far in the Apertura 2023 tournament and many of the teams that were believed to be fighting at the bottom are surprising based on good results and play. However, the perennial favorites managed to make up lost ground and are already at the top of the standings. One of them is Peñarol who will seek to keep the three points next Saturday, when they host River Plate, at the Campeón del Siglo Stadium.

On the one hand, the Manyas commanded by Alfredo Arias want to continue setting the pace of the 2023 Opening Tournament. And after having achieved leadership, now it will be a matter of maintaining it to honor its history and the sports forecasts that placed it as the favorite to stay with first place.

For his part, Gustavo Díaz's Darsenero wants to become once again the revelation of sports predictions in Uruguayan football. And for this, they will have a difficult mission in the Champion of the Century where they will have to rescue a good result as a visitor that will allow them to continue in an expectant position facing the objective of qualifying for the next edition of the Copa Sudamericana.

Last matches of Penarol

The margin of error for the Manyas is always minimal. It is that his rich history within Uruguayan soccer always forces him to fight at the top of the competition, regardless of the quality of the squad or the immediate background.

Therefore, Alfredo Arias and his team know very well what the objectives are and finishing as the leader of the 2023 Apertura Tournament to earn a place in the grand final against the winner of the Clausura Tournament is the great desire. In addition, by securing first place, they will be closer to playing the next edition of the Copa Libertadores de América.

Alfredo Arias formed a solid team in all its lines whose main virtue is the power of goal and defensive solidity. Indeed, Peñarol leads the standings with 13 points in 5 days at stake. Not only is it undefeated with 4 wins and a draw, but it is also the highest scoring team with 11 goals scored and conceded just 6 goals.

It is worth noting that the last clashes of Peñarol in the 2023 Apertura Tournament were the following: they defeated Cerro Largo 2-0 in their debut, they beat La Luz 4-3 as a visitor in a score that surprised sports betting due to the number of goals, beat Boston River 1-0 and drew 2-2 against Defensor Sporting on the last day.

Last matches of River Plate

The Darseneros dream of once again being the revelation of Uruguayan sports betting and soccer. It is that during the last season, River Plate of Uruguay became one of the most uncomfortable rivals to face, even in continental tournaments.

River played in the Copa Sudamericana and left very good feelings considering that it prevailed against Racing Club, in Avellaneda, and eliminated it from the group stage of said contest. Indeed, the 2023 season may be the turning point for the Darseneros to make the leap in quality to play in the Copa Libertadores de América.

Despite some logical irregularities at the beginning of the season, River Plate is gradually recovering lost ground to position itself as the host of the 2023 Opening Tournament, in line with what was anticipated by sports betting. Therefore, the Darseneros occupy the sixth place in the standings, 5 points behind the leader Peñarol, and who will be able to discount points on that day if they prevail at home.

The Darseneros reaped 2 wins, the same number of draws and one defeat, scoring 6 goals in favor and conceding 4 goals in a more than acceptable figure that shows the defensive strength of the team. In turn, River's last clashes were as follows: in their debut, they lost 2-1 as a visitor against Cerro Largo, then they recovered with a fair 2-0 at home against Plaza Colonia, they drew goalless on their visit against Racing de Montevideo, defeated Cerro 3-2 at home and closed the last day with another goalless draw against Boston.

It is worth noting that River Plate of Uruguay occupies sixth place in the annual table, which would be giving it access to the next edition of the Copa Sudamericana.

Background between both

Peñarol and River Plate played 41 matches in the Uruguayan tournament with 18 wins for Manya, 11 draws and 12 wins for the Darseneros. In turn, at the Campeón del Siglo Stadium they met 19 times with 8 home wins for Peñarol, 4 draws and 7 visiting wins for River Plate.

A piece of information to take into account when making Uruguayan League predictions is that the last duel between the two at the Campeón del Siglo Stadium was a 1-1 draw within the framework of matchday 14 of the 2022 Closing Tournament.

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Matías Arezo is Manya's top scorer with 6 goals accumulated in the tournament and is the favorite of the Uruguayan League forecasts to open the scoring next Saturday, March 18. For his part, Carlos Sánchez accumulates two goals and can uneven at any time.

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Jonathan Dos Santos and Hernán Rivero are the top scorers for Darsenero with 2 goals each in the Apertura Tournament. In addition, Gonzalo Castro and Matías Alfonso each scored a goal and want to surprise the Peñarol defense.

Schedules and television

Saturday March 18 at 4:00 p.m. International signal: GOLTV Play.