Sport Recife vs Junior Barranquilla – Copa Sudamericana: This Thursday we’ll have the 1st leg of the Copa Sudamericana’s quarter-finals…
With Sport Recife hosting Junior Barranquilla, at 1h45 (London time), at Estádio Ilha do Retiro, in Pernambuco (PE).
SPORT RECIFE: On the previous stage, the team from Pernambuco advanced against Ponte Preta,
but on the Brazilian Serie A, they haven’t won on the last 3 matches, and they are coming off an away loss against Atlético-PR. They are also sitting only in 15th place.
For this encounter, their manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo won’t have the right back Raul Prata and the defensive midfielder Rithely available, since they are both injured.
Probable SPORT RECIFE line-up: Magrão; Samuel Xavier, Henríquez, Durval (Ronaldo Alves) and Sander (Rodrigo); Anselmo, Patrick and Diego Souza; Rogério, Mena and André. Manager: Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
JUNIOR BARRANQUILLA: The Colombian team advanced the previous stage against the Paraguayans of Cerro Porteño. On the Colombian league,
the team is coming off a loss on the last round, where they lost at home against Santa Fe, but they are still in a good position, sitting in 3rd place at the moment.
For this match the manager Julio Comesaña has his squad in full strength, but he is yet to reveal the starting line-up.
Sport Recife vs Junior Barranquilla – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Sport Recife want to make history on Copa Sudamericana, so they will need to forget their bad form in the Brazilian Serie A.
To start off this tie well, manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo said he studied the Colombian side very hard, and he also said that it is very important to start off with a win at home.
Junior Barranquilla is having a good season, but according to the players, they don’t know a lot about the Brazilian team.
Another curious fact, is the fact that the team had to buy some football boots, since their own ended up staying in Panamá, where they had a layover.
These will be two close matches, but if Sport Recife want to advance, they are almost forced to win at home.
The Colombian team has a well-known striker in Teo Guiterrez, who can be very dangerous, but considering the home advantage, I’ll suggest going with Sport Recife to win
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