Universidad de Chile vs Cruzeiro – Copa Libertadores: This Thursday on the
3rd round of the Copa Libertadores’ group stage, Universidad de Chile hosts Cruzeiro.
At 1:30 in the morning (London time), at the Estádio Nacional de Chile, in Santigo (Chile).
UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE: With a victory and a draw, the Chilean team has 4 points, and they are in 2nd place of the group E with the same amount of points as first place Racing.
In the league, the team is coming off a loss on the past weekend, where they lost to Colo Colo in the derby by 3-1. The team has 21 points and is in 2nd place of the Chilean league.
For this encounter, the manager Ángel Guillermo Hoyos doesn’t know if he will count with the defender Jara. In case he is not available to play, the Brazilian Rafael Vaz should be his replacement.
The rest of the team should be the same that lost against Colo Colo on the past weekend.
UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE’s probable starting line-up: Herrera; Vilches, Echeverría and Jara (Rafael Vaz); Rodríguez, Reyes, David Pizarro and Beausejour; Araos, Soteldo and Pinilla. Manager: Ángel Guillermo Hoyos.
CRUZEIRO: With 1 loss and 1 draw, the Brazilian team only has 1 point, and with that they are in last place of Group E along with Vasco that also only has 1 point.
After the title in the Campeonato Mineiro, the team made its debut in the league on the past weekend, where they lost 1-0 to Grêmio at home.
For this encounter, the manager Mano Menezes didn’t define which line-up he will use, especially due to the doubt in attack, with the possibility of Sassá playing in the place of Rafael Sóbis due to technical option.
CRUZEIRO’s probable starting line-up: Fábio; Lucas Romero, Léo, Dedé and Egídio; Henrique, Cabral, Robinho and Thiago Neves; Arrascaeta and Rafael Sóbis (Sassá). Manager: Mano Menezes.
Universidad de Chile vs Cruzeiro – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This match is worth a lot for these teams’ pretensions on the Copa Libertadores. Universidad de Chile is more relaxed on the group, with 4 points, and a win here would leave them on track towards ensuring qualification onto the next stage, but on the other hand, they will also be under pressure of their fans after the loss in the Chilean league against their rivals Colo Colo.
As for the Brazilian side Cruzeiro, they need to win, and with only 1 point so far, a negative result would practically mean their goodbye to the competition. They might make some changes from the starting line-up they used on their debut in the Brazilian Serie A.
My suggestion here is taking Cruzeiro to win with the draw protected. Cruzeiro has a roster with more quality, and although this match is away from home, they really need to win.