Paraguayan side Deportivo Capiatá visit Peruvians Universitario on Thursday night in the preliminary qualification rounds of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier continental competition.
Capiata face a mammoth task coming into the game. They lost the first leg 3-1 last week, meaning that they need to score at least two tonight to have any hope of going through. They had more of the play last week, but were continually undone on the break by their opponents.
Universitario do not lack in history. They have participated in the Libertadores a massive 27 times. However recent times have not been so successful with their last participation coming in 2014, in which the finished bottom in the group stages with a measly single point. They have qualified via finishing on the aggregate table, which takes into account the Torneo Apertura, Torneo Clausura, and Liguilla phases, with a record of 20-11-13.
On the contrary Capiatá were only founded in 2008 but they will be looking to take the next step on their amazing journey when they take to the field. In 2014 they contested the Copa Sudamericana, the South American equivalent of the Europe League, following qualification from their first ever Primera División season in 2013. They eliminated Uruguayan side Danubio and another Venezuelan side, Caracas, before they were controversially eliminated by Argentine giants Boca Juniors on penalties. Capiatá qualified for the competition on the back of a decent league showing in the 2016 Clausura in which they finished in 4th place with a record of 10-7-5.
La U were in action on home soil over the weekend, drawing 1-1 at home to Huancayo. By all accounts it was a fairly even game and that draw was a fair result. They made a number of changes for that game, but will be back at full strength tonight, with the following a XI likely:
Caceda; Corzo, Rodriguez, Galliquio, Aguirre; Figuera, Vargas, Quintero, Gomes; Manicero, Rengifo
Capiata have already had to contest a round in the Libertadores, unlike their opponents, edging out Venezuelans Tachira 1-0 over two legs. New manager Pampero Gavilán has suffered the sales of two key players but is able to count on several new players transferred in. Despite all odds being against them tonight, they will come in on a high having recorded an excellent 2-1 win away at Nacional over the weekend. We expect them to take to the pitch in a 4-4-2 formation, with the following possible starters:
Medina; Bonet, Paredes, Ortigoza, Martínez; Irrazábal, Ledesma, Irala, Lusardi; Gamarra, López
It should be an open game from minute one in front of a massive home following. Capaita simply have to look to play on the front foot or they are out. Meanwhile the hosts will have opportunities to break, as they did so effectively in last weeks tie. An end to end encounter will produce chances at both ends, and with that in mind we like the look of both teams finding the net.
Tip: BTTS at odds of 1.95 with bet365.
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