Fluminense vs LDU Quito
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 15 September 2017
Kick-off: 00:15 CET
Lingering in the middle of the table in Brazil’s Serie A, knocked out of the Copa do Brasil since June, the Copa Sudamericana offers Fluminense a chance to make this season somewhat memorable, by staying alive in it for as long as possible. They suffered against Liverpool (Uruguay) but made things very simple for them against Universidad Catolica (Ecuador, not Chile) in the previous rounds, while last weekend they drew 2-2 at Vitoria, two more points dropped in the championship, where they are only 10th(!), a pitiful position for a team with Fluminense’s roster.
You just read about Fluminense, and how they need a good run in the Copa Sudamericana to pretty much… save the season. The same and more could be written about LDU Quito. Being 7th in Ecuador’s championship is a bigger failure than being 10th in Brazil’s Serie A, because the competition for LDU in their home country is much smaller, weaker, more manageable. Still, they are just 7th, and that’s only because they beat Macara 2-0 at home last weekend. In the previous round they needed penalties to eliminate Bolivar (Bolivia), and before that they had to beat Defensor Sporting in Uruguay, 2-1, in the return leg, after drawing 2-2 at home.
Previous 5 matches:
Vitoria vs Fluminense 2-2
Londrina vs Fluminense 2-0
Fluminense vs Vasco da Gama 0-1
Fluminense vs Atletico Mineiro 2-1
Santos vs Fluminense 0-0
LDU Quito vs Macara 2-0
Delfin vs LDU Quito 1-0
LDU Quito vs Barcelona 0-0
El Nacional vs LDU Quito 4-2
LDU Quito vs Independiente del Valle 3-1
Fluminense’s next game is on Sunday at Atletico Paranaense (Brazil Serie A). A day earlier, LDU Quito will be visiting Fuerza Amarilla (Ecuador championship).
Fluminense vs LDU Quito: Head to head Stats
Fluminense have hosted LDU Quito three times in the past, they have beaten them all three, by a total score of 7-1. Interestingly, two of those three games were finals(!). In 2008 it was the return leg of their Copa Libertadores final, Fluminense won 3-1, but LDU won the title on penalties (the game in Quito had ended in a 4-2 LDU win). A year later, Fluminense won 3-0 in the return leg of a Copa Sudamericana final, but LDU again celebrated winning the title, since they had triumphed 5-1 in the first leg at home.
Fluminense vs LDU Quito: Prediction
Under different circumstances I would back LDU Quito to earn at least a draw. Seeing how below average they too have been this season though, I feel Fluminense will justify their “favorites” tag, and win the game.
Fluminense vs LDU Quito: Betting Tips
A simple Fluminense win doesn’t pay more than 1.40. Combine that with over 2.5 goals, and you hope for a much better 2.20.
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