Universidad Concepcion vs Sporting Cristal
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 6 March 2019
Kick-off: 23:15 CET
Universidad de Concepción surprised many last year, finishing second in Chile’s championship, just three points behind champions Universidad Católica. Keep in mind, Chile’s championship is… a full season, 30 game weeks, unlike in other countries in South America, where a team can claim a championship title finishing first only in one half of the season, having played way less than 30 matches. Finishing second in Chile is good enough to earn you a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. Last season they got totally destroyed by Vasco da Gama in the qualifiers, losing 0-4(!) at home, and then 2-0 in Rio de Janeiro. The new season in Chile started mid-February, Universidad de Concepción have played two matches, and have managed to earn just one point. No game for them last weekend. Their most recent match is a 1-0 defeat at Colo-Colo on February 22.
Unlike Universidad de Concepción, Sporting Cristal have enjoyed an awesome start of the season, winning their first three games in Peru’s championship. Actually, they are yet to concede, and mind you, one of those three matches was a Lima derby against Alianza. They are the reigning champions in Peru, which obviously also earned them a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. Their last appearance in the competition was two years ago. Back then, all they managed was two draws at home, in the group stage, losing the other four matches. This is worth mentioning, away from home they got destroyed in all three trips, losing 5-1 in La Paz to The Strongest, 4-0 to Santos in Brazil, and 3-0 to Santa Fe in Bogotá.
Previous five matches:
Colo-Colo vs Universidad Concepcion 1-0
Universidad Concepcion vs Everton 0-0
Universitario vs Universidad Concepcion 1-0
Universidad Concepcion vs Universitario 3-0
Colo-Colo vs Universidad Concepcion 0-2
Sport Boys vs Sporting Cristal 0-3
Sporting Cristal vs Alianza Lima 1-0
Sport Huancayo vs Sporting Cristal 0-2
Emelec vs Sporting Cristal 3-0
Sporting Cristal vs Alianza Lima 3-0
Universidad Concepción’s next game is at Palestino, on Saturday (Chile championship). Same day, Sporting Cristal will be hosting Unión Comercio (Peru championship).
Universidad Concepcion vs Sporting Cristal: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Universidad Concepcion vs Sporting Cristal: Prediction
The hosts are considered strong favorites to win. Given how they started the season in Chile though, and keeping in mind how good Sporting have looked these last weeks, I think it’s worth risking with the Peruvians’ double chance.
Universidad Concepcion vs Sporting Cristal: Betting Tips
“Draw or Sporting Cristal” is at 2.02, my only tip.