Sol de America vs Ponte Preta
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 27 July 2017
Kick-off: 00:15 CET
‘Ponte Preta win and clean sheet’ at 2.40 was the prediction here four weeks ago before the first leg between these two in Campinas, and it may have taken a last-minute goal by Emerson Sheik, but the Brazilians did win (1-0), keeping a clean sheet as well. Sol de America spent the next three weeks preparing for the start of the new season in Paraguay, and played an official game just last weekend, losing 3-0 at home to Olimpia, on the first day of the championship. Sol de America don’t have the money other clubs in Paraguay do, so their signings these last four weeks were very… humble. They know that no one will blame them if they fall to this Ponte Preta, whose roster is five times more expensive than Sol de America’s, so the least they can do is just… have fun with it, give their best, and hope for… not exactly a miracle (after all, they lost just 1-0 in the first game), but definitely a surprise (if they win and qualify).
This return leg against Sol de America couldn’t come at a better moment for Ponte Preta. After losing three consecutive games, they’ve now won back-to-back matches over Coritiba at home and at Atletico Paranaense this last weekend, scoring a total of six goals, and conceding none. Coach Gilson Kleina praised his goalkeeper, Aranha, saying that his performances in the last two games were key to earn those six points. Kleina seemed very well-informed about what is going on at Sol de America, and he also pointed out that the Paraguayans’ stadium has a synthetic pitch, which he expects to complicate things for his team, leading to his players getting tired faster than normal.
Sol de America vs Ponte Preta: Head-to-head Stats
Last month’s game in Campinas was the first ever between these two sides, and the first time Sol de America faced a team from Brazil.
Sol de America vs Ponte Preta: Prediction
I trust Ponte Preta to earn at least a draw, even though, with that 1-0 from the first game, even a 2-1 defeat wouldn’t cost them the qualification. I do back them to avoid losing, though.
Sol de America vs Ponte Preta: Tips
‘Draw or Ponte Preta’ is at 1.57. Draw alone pays 3.40, which goes higher if the game stays under 2.5 goals.