Millonarios vs Deportivo Lara
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 18 April 2018
Kick-off: 02:30 CET
These last days have been… bittersweet at Millonarios. First, it was made known that Miguel Ángel Russo, their coach, was flying back to Bogotá, having left behind him a serious life-threatening problem he had to deal with. Actually, this game against Deportivo Lara is the first one he’ll sit on Millonarios’ bench after returning to work. On Saturday though, the team lost 2-1 to bottom-of-the-table Leones, a shocking defeat, that has… complicated their mission to finish in the top 8 of Colombia’s championship, so as to compete in the final stages that will decide the champion. They can still finish in the top 8, they have four games left, but they will need to look at their best. Things are no better in their Libertadores group. Two matches, just one point, but things could look way different once their back-to-back games against Deportivo Lara are past.
Deportivo Lara’s 1-0 win over Independiente on the first day of the group stage has… opened their appetite. They lost 2-0 at Corinthians, but that was an expected result, not one that… got them off the track. They have lost two consecutive games in Venezuela’s championship, but they remain in the top 8, which is their main target, so as to compete in the final series. Before this year, last time Deportivo Lara played in the Copa Libertadores was in 2013, when they lost at Universidad de Chile and Newell’s Old Boys, but managed an… honorable 2-2 draw at Olimpia, in Asunción, Paraguay.
Previous five matches:
Leones vs Millonarios 2-1
Millonarios vs Deportivo Pasto 2-0
La Equidad vs Millonarios 0-0
Millonarios vs Atletico Bucaramanga 4-1
Once Caldas vs Millonarios 0-1
Deportivo Lara vs Caracas 0-1
Estudiantes Merida vs Deportivo Lara 2-1
Deportivo Lara vs Trujillanos 2-0
Deportivo Lara vs Portuguesa 3-1
Estudiantes Caracas vs Deportivo Lara 2-2
Millonarios’ next game is at Deportes Tolima, on Saturday (Colombia championship). Deportivo Lara will be visiting Aragua (Venezuela championship).
Millonarios vs Deportivo Lara: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Millonarios vs Deportivo Lara: Prediction
I can’t imagine Millonarios not winning this game. They have a better team, they are playing at home, it’s their chance to stay alive in the race for a top 2 spot, they should win.
Millonarios vs Deportivo Lara: Betting Tips
A simple Millonarios win pays just 1.22. Despite conceding twice in their last game, they have been doing very well defensively for weeks, so for more than 1.22, I would bet on their victory combined with a clean sheet, at 1.70.