Deportivo Lara vs Independiente
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 1 March 2018
Kick-off: 22:15 CET
Deportivo Lara finished second in last season’s championship in Venezuela, and that’s how they earned a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. In five matches this season they have six points. After a win and three consecutive draws, last weekend they lost 1-0 at home to Deportivo La Guaira. It’s interesting that they have scored in only two of their five matches, but they had two and three goals in those two. They must be relieved not to have had the obligation to go through qualifiers to reach the group stage, because the way they have been looking this last month, most-most probably, they would have fallen easy prey to some Colombian, Argentinian, or Paraguayan team in the qualifiers…
Independiente gave a brave fight against Gremio in both Recopa Sudamericana finals, but they were left heartbroken after the penalty shootout. Last week, in their game in Porto Alegre, I backed them to earn at least a draw, their double chance was paying 1.80, and they did, the game went to penalties, but they ended up leaving Brazil empty-handed. They bounced back last weekend, beating Banfield 1-0 at home. Striker Emmanuel Gigliotti is unavailable, because he got a two-match ban from CONMEBOL for his red card in the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana final. He already missed the return leg, and this will be the second game he’ll sit out. According to reports in Argentinian media, Leandro Fernandez or Silvio Romero will be his replacement in the starting 11. The win over Banfield helped Independiente return to the top-4, and not just that; they have a game in hand, so they’ll be given the chance to work on that tiny gap they have between them and no less than nine(!) teams who are between one and three points behind them in the table.
Previous five matches:
Deportivo Lara vs Deportivo La Guaira 0-1
Deportivo Táchira vs Deportivo Lara 0-0
Deportivo Lara vs Zulia 3-3
Zamora vs Deportivo Lara 0-0
Deportivo Lara vs Atlético Venezuela 3-2
Independiente vs Banfield 1-0
Gremio vs Independiente 0-0
Temperley vs Independiente 0-0
Independiente vs Gremio 1-1
Colón Santa Fe vs Independiente 0-1
Deportivo Lara’s next scheduled game is at Monagas, on Saturday (Venezuela championship), but it should get rescheduled. Independiente are visiting San Martín San Juan on Monday (Argentina Superliga).
Deportivo Lara vs Independiente: Head to head Stats
Deportivo Lara and Independiente have never played against each other before.
Deportivo Lara vs Independiente: Prediction
Independiente are considered clear favourites to win the game, and I agree with that.
Deportivo Lara vs Independiente: Betting Tips
Independiente’s win pays 1.70. I would stay with that. For more, I would combine their win with a clean sheet. This way, it pays 2.60.
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- Nacional Montevideo vs Estudiantes
- Delfin vs Bolivar
- Alianza Lima vs Boca Juniors
- Junior vs Palmeiras
- Flamengo vs River Plate
- Millonarios vs Corinthians
- Real Garcilaso vs Santos
- Santa Fe vs Emelec