Independiente del Valle vs Universidad Católica, Thursday’s match for the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana.
Independiente del Valle
The home factor was decisive for Independiente del Valle’s survival in the Copa Sudamericana.
The Ecuadorians were defeated by the Unión Santa Fé in Argentina by 2-0 in the away game of the first round. But they were able to turn the score in the second game, ensuring their stay in the penalty shootout.
Also at home, on Friday, May 17, they defeated the Nacional, by 1 to 0, in a clash that was part of the schedule of the fourteenth round of the qualifying round of the Opening Tournament of the Pro League, the first round of the Ecuadorian Championship.
They achieved, in this way, 30 points, equalling to Barcelona in the dispute for the leadership.
They are now in second place due to their disadvantage in the balance of goals, first criterion of tie-breaker.
They have, however, 11 points of advantage in the comparison as Emelec, who are in ninth place and are the first team outside the zone of classification for the playoffs.
As home team, they remain undefeated in the dispute. Out of the 21 points that were disputed in their stadium, they took 19.
Universidad Católica was very close to achieving the classification for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores. However, a brutal drop in yield in the second round of the qualifying round has left the Chileans out of contention.
In the second round, the team added just one out of nine points played.
In this way, they finished third in Group H with seven points. Surpassed Rosario (five points), but behind Libertad and Grêmio.
The consistency that has lacked in the international competition has been more than enough in the dispute of the Chilean Championship. With a 5-1 victory over Antofagasta on Friday, May 17, for the thirteenth round, the team extended their lead as championship leader.
Achieving 31 points, they now have six more than Colo Colo, vice-leader, who had nothing more than a 1-1 draw with Universidad de Chile.
The Universidad Católica couldn’t in the dispute of the Copa Libertadores show, outside their house, the same standard of game that exhibited within its domains.
Facing Independiente del Valle, who are very strong as a home team, means that the prognostic in the victory of the Ecuadorians in the match on Thursday for the first leg of the second phase of the Copa Sudamericana is the best betting option.