Atletico Tucuman vs Independiente
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 23 August 2017
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
The first day of August, Atletico Tucuman hosted Oriente Petrolero, having already beaten then 3-2 in Bolivia. The return leg in Argentina went even better easier for the ‘Decano’, beating their visitors 3-0. That was though the last official match Atletico gave, since the season in Argentina had already ended, and the new one hasn’t started yet. The team were… as active as they could (based on their limited resources) in the transfer period these last weeks, signing, among others, 31-year-old left-back Cristian Villagra from Rosario Central.
At Independiente the… fresh news is that Emiliano Rigoni, their – former – 24-year-old right winger, got transferred to Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday, for 12 million euros. It had turned into a soap opera, it went on and on, but the two sides finally reached an agreement. Good money for Independiente, and a chance for the still young player to start a new chapter in his career in Europe. In the previous round of the Copa Sudamericana, Independiente eliminated Deportes Iquique, beating them 4-1 at home and 2-1 in Chile. With the roster they have, despite the departure of Rigoni, Independiente should feel favorites to qualify, but they still have to earn that ticket on the pitch.
Previous 5 matches:
Arsenal vs Atlético Tucumán 1-2
Atlético Tucumán vs Oriente Petrolero 3-0
Oriente Petrolero vs Atlético Tucumán 2-3
Patronato vs Atlético Tucumán 1-1
Atlético Tucumán vs Vélez Sarsfield 1-1
Independiente vs UAI Urquiza 4-1
Deportes Iquique vs Independiente 1-2
Independiente vs Tristán Suárez 1-0
Independiente vs Villa San Carlos 2-0
Independiente vs Deportes Iquique 4-2
Atletico Tucuman’s next game is on Sunday, against Godoy Cruz, at home (first game of the new championship season in Argentina). A day earlier, Independiente will be hosting Huracan.
Atletico Tucuman vs Independiente: Head to head Stats
Atletico Tucuman haven’t hosted Independiente since 2013. Back then, both teams were playing in the second division, and the hosts won 2-1.
Atletico Tucuman vs Independiente: Prediction
Playing at home, Atletico have a small advantage, which I expect to lead them to a win. I will be surprised if they win by more than one goal, but I do expect them to win.
Atletico Tucuman vs Independiente: Betting Tips
Atletico Tucuman’s victory pays 2.40. Given that this is the first official match both teams are giving in three weeks, I’d limit the risk by sticking to that 2.40, leaving special bets aside.
More Copa Sudamericana betting tips and match previews:
- Nacional Asuncion vs Estudiantes
- Libertad vs Santa Fe