Chapecoense vs Defensa y Justicia
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 26 July 2017
Kick-off: 00:15 CET
‘Defensa y Justicia win and clean sheet’ was the prediction here almost a month ago, before the first game between these two in Argentina, and it may have taken the Argentines a last-minute goal, but they did win 1-0. Chapecoense had five defeats in their last six games before that, they were at a very bad place, but ever since that game they have improved, and especially in their last three Brasileirao matches they’ve picked up six points, beating Sao Paulo at home and Vitoria in Salvador. The presence of a new coach, Vinicius Eutropio, on their bench, has apparently helped them. Defensive midfielder Andrei Girotto got sent-off in Argentina and is unavailable. That’s actually a blow to Chape, because he has started in all games (but one) so far in the Brasileirao, being an integral part of their lineup, even under their new coach.
That game against Chapecoense on June 28 was practically the last of the season for Defensa y Justicia. The championship in Argentina had just ended. Ever since then, the team have played only two friendly games, unlike Chape who have played six matches in the Brasileirao. Nicolás Stefanelli, the 23-year-old attacker who scored their goal against Chapecoense in the first leg, has moved to Swedish side AIK. Jonás Gutiérrez, the well-known from his years in Europe midfielder who got credited with the assist in Stefanelli’s goal, is also gone, to Independiente. Generally, these last four weeks, Defensa y Justicia lost more players than the ones they signed, and their roster looks weaker than a month ago. Plus, I repeat, they haven’t played an official match since the day they hosted Chape.
Chapecoense vs Defensa y Justicia: Head-to-head Stats
That game last month in Argentina was the first ever between these two sides.
Chapecoense vs Defensa y Justicia: Prediction
A month ago I backed the Argentines not just to win, but keep a clean sheet as well. This time I’m going to… the other extreme. Chape have gotten their act together the last two weeks, they’ve been looking good, and they are hosting a team weaker than the one they played against in Argentina. Chape should win and qualify.
Chapecoense vs Defensa y Justicia: Tips
Chapecoense’s win pays 1.83. If they also manage to keep a clean sheet, their win will pay 2.85.