Estudiantes vs Santos: This Friday on the 3rd round of the
Copa Libertadores’ group stage, Estudiantes hosts Santos at 1:30 in the AM (London time).
On Estádio Centenário, in Quilmes (Argentina).
ESTUDIANTES: After two rounds, the team is in the lead of Group F, and on their debut, playing in Uruguay, they drew 0-0 with Nacional, and then on the 2nd round, playing at home, they’ve beaten Real Garcilaso by 3-0, which means they currently have 4 points.
On the past weekend they’ve played in the Argentinian league, away from home, and they drew 3-3 with Velez Sarsfield. They currently sit in 10th place of the competition with 32 points.
For this encounter, the manager Gustavo Matosas is still having doubts between Iván Gómez or Gastón Giménez.
ESTUDIANTES’ Probable Starting line-up: Andújar, Sánchez, Campi, Schunki and Dubarbier; Cascini, Zuqui and Iván Gómez (Gastón Giménez); Lucas Rodríguez; Otero and Pavone. Manager: Gustavo Matosas.
SANTOS: The Brazilian team is in 3rd place of the group. They made their debut in Peru against Real Garcilaso, where they lost 2-0, and then they’ve won at home, beating Nacional from Uruguay by 3-1.
The group is very balanced, and that means the team needs at least one point, not to get too far from the top two spots.
Since they were eliminated on the Campeonato Paulista’s semi-finals, they have had a little more time to practice. For this encounter, the manager Jair Ventura won’t be able to count with the attacker Gabigol.
SANTOS’ Probable starting line-up: Vanderlei; Daniel Guedes, Lucas Veríssimo, David Braz (Luiz Felipe or Gustavo Henrique) and Dodô; Alison; Arthur Gomes, Renato, Jean Mota and Rodrygo; Eduardo Sasha. Manager: Jair Ventura.
Estudiantes vs Santos – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The match will take place in Quilmes, which means Estudiantes’ supporters will turn up the pressure, since it is a smaller stadium. The Argentinian side is looking for another win to maintain the lead and open up a more comfortable advantage.
As for Santos, they are playing for a positive result, and if they were to get a draw here, it would already be a great result. Despite not having Gabigol, I believe they will play very well here.
My suggestion here is the double chance in favour of Santos. Jair should set up the team to play very far back, and exploring the counter-attacks, and with that, I think they have good chances of avoiding the loss here, so I see value on this selection.
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