Independiente vs Libertad,Independiente host Libertad in Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana semi final, second leg. The home side will be looking to overturn a first leg 1-0 defeat. Read on for our preview, tip and predictions.
Independiente vs Libertad:Independiente Win To Nil
Independiente vs Libertad:Independiente 2-0
Reason For Independiente vs Libertad Asuncion Betting Tips
Independiente host Libertad in Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana semi final, second leg. The home side will be looking to overturn the 1-0 deficit established in last week’s first leg.
El Rojo certainly arrive in buoyant mood having defeated arch rivals Racing in their own stadium at the weekend, despite fielding an almost entirely reserve side, looking to conserve energy for this one. Said result moved Ariel Holan’s troops up to 6th place in the domestic standings, but there’s no doubting that all focus is currently on continental affairs.
The Avellaneda based club have looked strong in the Sudamericana so far this campaign, and what would be a second crown, to accompany a record 7 Copa Libertadores, has been the target throughout. The hosts have now won their last 3 home outings in the competition, two of which by a 2-0 margin that would see them advance here. Not conceding an away goal is going to be crucial if Holan’s men are to have a successful night, and having kept clean sheets in 3 of the last 4 at the Estadio Libertadores de America, confidence can be high in doing exactly that.
Meanwhile, visitors Libertad also arrive in great shape, 5 matches unbeaten in all competitions and looking to spring what would have to be considered an upset over two legs. Fernando Jubero also rested his first choice XI in the weekend’s draw with Deportivo Capiata, so those that travel to Buenos Aires do so in optimum condition.
El Repollero last trips to Buenos Aires were certainly successful ones, first battering Huracan 5-1 earlier on in the competition, whilst surviving wave after wave of Racing attacks in the last round, to hang onto another 1-0 first leg lead. Nonetheless, Independiente have to be considered a step up in quality, and an excellent defensive shift is going to have to be put in if the visitors are to advance to the final.
In truth, Libertad were quite fortunate to eliminate Racing, a side who Independiente’s reserves just defeated away from home. Independiente aren’t known as “The King of Cups” without reason, and with the backing of a fervent home support, we believe they can turn the tie around.
El Rojo have been excellent on home soil recently, and against a Libertad outfit that will show very little attacking intention, backing a home win to nil looks the way to play, at more than reasonable odds. Whilst a 1-0 margin of victory would take the game to penalties, we fancy the Argentines to get the job done in 90 minutes, with a third consecutive 2-0 continental home win.
Last week’s first leg was the primary consistently meeting between the two.
Independiente versus Libertad Asuncion Stats
Independiente are unbeaten in 6 Copa Sudamericana home matches, keeping clean sheets in 5. They’ve won their last 2 Sudamericana excursions 2-0 at the Estadio Libertadores de America. Libertad have won only 2 of their last 12 on the road in Sudamericana, losing 6 times all the while.
Independiente Team News
A late call will be made on focus back Fernando Amorebieta. Appropriate back Fabricio Bustos is fit again after late damage concerns.
Libertad Asuncion Team News
Scratch forward Oscar Cardoza is suspended so Jorge Recalde will start in attack.