Racing Club vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 28 February 2018
Kick-off: 01:30 CET
Racing Club de Avellaneda finished fourth in last season’s championship in Argentina, and that’s how they earned a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. This season they are doing equally well, sitting fourth in the table after 17 matches. Last weekend they beat Godoy Cruz 2-1 away from home thanks to an added-time goal. Actually, their winning goal was scored in the last play of the match. It was their fourth win in a row, scoring a total of 11 goals in those four matches, at least two per game. The game in Mendoza on Friday started late, the team spent the night there, after the match, flew to Buenos Aires early next morning, and went straight for training, as there was zero time to waste. Diego González and Leandro Grimi got to train (they are still recovering from injuries), but it’s definitely early to see them play, let alone in such a big game like the one against Cruzeiro. It should be mentioned that Eduardo Coudet, Racing Club’s coach, won’t be on the bench in this game. He got punished by CONMEBOL after Rosario Central’s game against Atlético Nacional back in 2016 (Copa Libertadores), when he was working at the Rosario club. His assistant, Ariel Broggi, will be on the sidelines instead.
Cruzeiro won the Copa do Brasil last season, relatively early, being the first Brazilian team to secure a spot in the Copa Libertadores group stage. They finished 5th in the championship. Last weekend they beat Boa 3-0 at home, their seventh victory in eight matches (they have a draw as well, they are still undefeated) in the Mineiro championship. Coach Mano Menezes used several players who are not expected to start the game against Racing Club, but even some of Cruzeiro’s reserves are awesome players, and “took care” of the game rather easily. To give you an idea, Rafael Sóbis and Federico Mancuello were the scorers (the first one scored twice), two players that any Brazilian team would love to have. Cruzeiro are leading in their local championship, but the title will be decided in – some sort of – playoffs. They haven’t played in the Copa Libertadores since 2015, and they’re not hiding that “doing well” in this competition is their top target this season.
Previous five matches:
Godoy Cruz vs Racing Club 1-2
Racing Club vs Lanús 3-1
Olimpo vs Racing Club 1-2
Racing Club vs Huracán 4-0
Unión Santa Fe vs Racing Club 2-1
Cruzeiro vs Boa 3-0
Cruzeiro vs Villa Nova 1-0
Cruzeiro vs America Mineiro 1-0
Tombense vs Cruzeiro 1-2
Cruzeiro vs Uberlândia 4-0
Racing Club’s next game is on Sunday, at home, versus Vélez Sarsfield (Argentina Superliga). Same day, Cruzeiro will be facing Atlético Mineiro (Mineiro championship).
Racing Club vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
Racing Club have hosted Cruzeiro once before, in 1999. It was a Copa Mercosur group stage game, which Cruzeiro won 4-0(!).
Racing Club vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
I trust Cruzeiro to leave Avellaneda undefeated.
Racing Club vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Cruzeiro’s double chance is at 1.75 betting odds, which, in a tricky match like this, I consider more than enough to avoid risking further with number of goals.
More Copa Libertadores betting tips and match previews:
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- Defensor Sporting vs Gremio
- Colo Colo vs Atletico Nacional
- 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