Santos vs Nacional – Copa Libertadores : This Thursday, on the 2nd round of the Copa Libertadores’ group stage, Santos hosts Nacional
At 22:15 (London time) at the Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo.
SANTOS: On the 1st round, the team went to Peru and lost to Real Garcilaso by 2-0. Right now, they are in last place of the group with 0 points. On the first stage of the Campeonato Paulista, they managed to qualify in first place of group D.
For this encounter, the manager Jair Ventura will promote some changes. Léo Cittadini and Rodrygo will occupy the spots of Renato and Copete, respectively. The manager is still unable to count with Bruno Henrique, that has an eye injury.
Probable SANTOS’ starting line-up: Vanderlei, Daniel Guedes, Lucas Veríssimo, David Braz and Jean Mota; Alison, Vecchio and Léo Cittadini; Rodrygo, Eduardo Sasha and Gabigol. Manager: Jair Ventura
NACIONAL: The Uruguayan team made its debut at home, against Estudiantes, on a match that finished on a goalless draw. With that, they have 1 point in the group and currently sit in 3rd place.
On the Uruguayan league, the team is in 2nd place of the group with 15 points, having 5 victories and 1 loss.
For this encounter, the manager Alexandre Medina has some doubts.
On the attack, the doubt is between Sebastián Fernández and Bergessio, with the current reserve Gonzalo Bergessio being one of the team’s highlights at the Apertura tournament.
On defence, the doubt is if Polenta will play as a left back or as a central defender, his original position.
Probable NACIONAL’s starting line-up: Conde; Peruzzi, Arismendi (Polenta), Corujo and Polenta (Espino); Oliva and Santiago Romero; De Pena, Viúdez and Zunino; Sebastián Fernández (Bergessio). Manager: Alexander Medina.
Santos vs Nacional – Betting Tip and Prediction
After the loss on the first round, Santos is now coming into this match with the obligation to win, playing at the Pacaembu where they should have a good crow and where they have everything to come out with the 3 points.
However, I don’t expect this to be an easy match. The traditional Uruguayan team should come here looking for some points, and they should play really tight.
My suggestion here will be taking Santos to win, but I suggest following this match live, in order to get better odds in favour of Santos, because the match should be really tight at the beginning.