Champions Bolivar head for their first home game and win for the season. In the first round were close to win in the visit to Universitario Sucre but conceded a goal for 1-1 in the 80th minute. Things look good for Bolivar, kept all important players from last season, same coach (Guillermo Hoyos), in addition boosted their offense with midfielder Jhasmani Campos from Oriente Petrolero (with 150 games and 30 goals for Los Refineros) and strikers John Córdoba (Colombian, coming from Venezuelan Deportivo Petare) and José Alfredo Castillo returning from Mexico (in 2010 topscorer for Blooming with 26 goals). Full squad for the hosts (only Abdón Reyes is missing but he would be reserve anyway), Jhasmani Campos is ready to make a debut after overcoming an injury.
Guabira were average team in last season and a kind of surprisingly started with a 3-1 win away at valley neighbours Blooming. But they have tremendous problems when playing on high altitude as in La Paz (see the H2H stats with Bolivar below) and generally known as poor visitors by default losing their games with big margin unless playing in the valley against Blooming, Oriente Petrolero or Real Mamore. Guabira lost some important players who were delivering most of the goals for the team - Argentinians Marcos Ovejero and Marcos Sebastián Pol plus Danner Pachi. The few new signings are not much known and with arguable quality. Happily the young Darwin Rios had a good day in the visit to Blooming and scored a hattrick but now it will be much more difficult. Besides that Guabira have off-the-field problems, lack of money and players haven't been paid since 3 months, the owner Gerardo Rosado admitted the prospects are not very bright.
Bolivar's coach Guillermo Hoyos was clear before the game, knowing the opponent and his weak sides stating that he will field offensive formation looking for "a bulk of goals" so it should be deja-vu and another comfortable win for Bolivar in the row.
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