El Nacional vs San Jose
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 22 February 2018
Kick-off: 23:15 CET
El Nacional finished 6th last season in Ecuador’s championship, combining both halves of the season. They got the second of the four tickets available to Ecuadorian clubs in the Copa Sudamericana. This is their first appearance in the competition since 2007. Back then they made it to the last 16, losing 3-0 at Defensor Sporting, and “only” managing a 2-0 win back home, in the return leg. The new season in Ecuador just started, El Nacional hosted Emelec last weekend, losing 2-1. They spent most of the game trailing 1-0, conceded the second goal in the 88th minute, and got a consolation goal in added time. That was their first official match since December 9, in other words, in almost two and a half months.
Unlike El Nacional, San José have already played four official matches since January 27, when the new season in Bolivia started. Their defeat at home on their debut was followed by three games in which they earned at least a draw. Last weekend they drew 0-0 at Sport Boys, the first match they didn’t score in. It’s interesting that their five goals thus far this season have been scored by five different players. They are in the Copa Sudamericana having finished 7th in Bolivia’s championship last season, combining both halves. They haven’t appeared in the competition since 2014. Back then, they lost both games in the first round to Huachipato, two games to forget for them. Coach Eduardo Villegas is glad to have all his players at his disposal, not a single injury problem at San José.
Previous five matches:
El Nacional vs Emelec 1-2
Deportivo Municipal vs El Nacional 2-1
El Nacional vs Emelec 3-1
Clan Juvenil vs El Nacional 2-2
El Nacional vs Universidad Catolica 3-1
Sport Boys vs San Jose 0-0
San Jose vs Royal Pari 3-0
The Strongest vs San Jose 1-1
San Jose vs Nacional Potosi 1-2
Nacional Potosi vs San Jose 3-1
El Nacional’s next game is at Delfin on Sunday (Ecuador championship). Same day, San Jose will be hosting Blooming (Bolivia championship).
El Nacional vs San Jose: Head to head Stats
El Nacional and San José have never played against each other before.
El Nacional vs San Jose: Prediction
There is a clear difference between the rosters of the two teams, El Nacional are rightfully considered favourites to win, but their victory pays rather poorly.
El Nacional vs San Jose: Betting Tips
El Nacional’s win pays just 1.45. To make it worth it, I would combine it with a clean sheet. This way it’s up to 2.25, and worth the risk.
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