Deportivo Cali vs Danubio
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 11 April 2018
Kick-off: 02:30 CET
The timing couldn’t be better for Deportivo Cali. Four wins in a row have pushed them right behind leaders Atlético Nacional in Colombia’s championship. Plus, they have been playing well, both at home and away. Last Friday they easily took care of their game at Patriotas Boyacá, scoring three goals in the first half. “A chance to show the continent who we are, our stadium, our fans”, this is how Gerardo Pelusso, their Uruguayan coach described the game against Danubio. Deportivo finished 7th in Colombia’s championship last season (combining both halves), and this is how they are competing in the Copa Sudamericana. They have a huge game against city rivals América coming up, but Pelusso left no doubt, he is going to field his best possible 11 in this international match.
Unlike Deportivo, Danubio are going through a rough patch. They lost 3-2 at Cerro on Saturday, and now have just one win in their last five games in Uruguay’s championship. They are still high in the table, fourth, five points behind leaders Peñarol, but their recent form has been very poor, and in total contrast to the start of the season (four wins and a draw). Danubio snatched the very last Copa Sudamericana ticket last season, finishing 8th (combining both halves of Uruguay’s championship). Last season they got eliminated in the first round, after two memorable games against Sport Recife. They lost 3-0 in Brazil in the first leg, won 3-0 at home(!), but still got eliminated on penalties.
Previous five matches:
Patriotas Boyaca vs Deportivo Cali 1-3
Deportivo Cali vs Santa Fe 3-0
Deportes Tolima vs Deportivo Cali 0-1
Deportivo Cali vs Leones 2-1
La Equidad vs Deportivo Cali 2-0
Cerro vs Danubio 3-2
Danubio vs Atenas 5-0
Penarol vs Danubio 1-1
Danubio vs Boston River 0-0
Danubio vs Liverpool 0-3
Deportivo Cali’s next game is the city’s massive derby against América, on Sunday (Colombia championship). Danubio will be visiting Torque on Saturday (Uruguay championship).
Deportivo Cali vs Danubio: Head to head Stats
Deportivo Cali have hosted Danubio once before, exactly 40 years ago. It was a Copa Libertadores group stage game, which Deportivo won 2-0.
Deportivo Cali vs Danubio: Prediction
Deportivo have been so hot for weeks now, that it’s hard to imagine them not winning the game, even by just… half a goal.
Deportivo Cali vs Danubio: Betting Tips
A simple Deportivo Cali win pays 1.55. They played on Friday, Danubio played (with their regulars, not really with a rotated team) on Saturday, and they had the trip to Colombia as well, so I feel “Deportivo and over 2.5 goals”, at 2.40, is worth the risk. “Over 2.5” alone is at 2.05.
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