Colo-Colo vs Atletico Nacional
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 28 February 2018
Kick-off: 01:30 CET
Colo-Colo won the so-called “Torneo Transición” last season in Chile, one of the two halves of the season, and that’s how they earned a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. Earlier in February, they started the new season winning back-to-back matches, with Esteban Paredes scoring all five goals of theirs(!). Despite winning, you could tell things were less than ideal. In both matches, Paredes scored late to give them all three points, in matches they had taken the lead in, 1-0 and 2-0 against Antofagasta and Audax Italiano respectively. Then, they lost to Palestino (Paredes scored again!), with an added-time goal. Last weekend, Pablo Guede, the Argentine coach of Colo-Colo, left Paredes (along with a few more regulars) on the bench. He did send him in right after halftime, but all Colo-Colo managed was a 1-1 draw (salvaging a point in the dying minutes of the match). Colo-Colo haven’t impressed these last weeks, there are lots of questions regarding their on-field attitude, and doubts regarding their readiness to do well in their Copa Libertadores group.
Atlético Nacional won one of the two halves of last season in Colombia, earning a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. In five matches this season they have three wins, a draw and a defeat. Last weekend they beat América de Cali 2-0 at home. Jorge Almirón is their coach, the man who led Lanús to the Copa Libertadores finals last season, where they fell to Gremio. He’s not the only ex-Lanús at Atlético Nacional, as Fernando Monetti and Diego Braghieri moved as well from the Argentine club to Colombia. Dayro Moreno didn’t travel with the group to Chile, he had to take care of a personal issue in Medellín, but he flew alone, in time, to join the squad and make himself available for selection. Left midfielder Camilo Zúñiga is the only player Almirón would like to have but can’t count on in this match, as the 32-year-old remains injured. Atlético won the Copa Libertadores title in 2016, but last year they didn’t even make it to the last 16, failing in the group stage.
Previous five matches:
Colo-Colo vs O’Higgins 1-1
Palestino vs Colo-Colo 2-1
Colo-Colo vs Alianza Lima 3-1
Colo-Colo vs Audax Italiano 3-2
Colo-Colo vs UTC Cajamarca 1-1
Atletico Nacional vs America de Cali 2-0
Millonarios vs Atletico Nacional 1-1
Patriotas Boyaca vs Atletico Nacional 3-1
Atletico Nacional vs Santa Fe 1-0
Atletico Nacional vs Millonarios 1-2
Colo-Colo’s next game is on Saturday, again at home, versus Huachipato (Chile championship). Same day, Atlético Nacional will be visiting Alianza Petrolera (Colombia championship).
Colo-Colo vs Atletico Nacional: Head to head Stats
Colo-Colo have faced six Colombian teams in the past, but not Atlético Nacional.
Colo-Colo vs Atletico Nacional: Prediction
Another very tricky game. In cases like this, when I fail to see a clear favourite, if I see a double chance over 1.70, I take it.
Colo-Colo vs Atletico Nacional: Betting Tips
Atlético Nacional’s double chance is at 1.75. Colo-Colo haven’t looked particularly convincing at the start of the new season in Chile, so I don’t consider their win’s 2.10 worth it. I’m staying with Atlético’s double chance.
More Copa Libertadores betting tips and match previews:
- Monagas vs Cerro Porteno
- Defensor Sporting vs Gremio
- Racing Club vs Cruzeiro
- Nacional Montevideo vs Estudiantes
- Alianza Lima vs Boca Juniors
- Junior vs Palmeiras
- Delfin vs Bolivar
- Millonarios vs Corinthians
- Flamengo vs River Plate
- Real Garcilaso vs Santos
- Deportivo Lara vs Independiente
- Santa Fe vs Emelec