Today’s search for betting value takes us to South America and the Copa Sudamericana. The second leg of the first round ties takes place this week and there are several games that are finely poised. I’ve put together my Copa Sudamericana tips from the most intriguing games.
Copa Sudamericana Tips: Sportivo Luqueno v Deportivo Cali
Colombian side Cali travel to Paraguay with a narrow 1-0 advantage from the first leg having dominated the first leg. Luqueno will need to be much better if they are to get anything from this.
Unfortunately, they’re not in great shape. They come into the game having won one in eight, causing boss Hector Schonhauser to fall out with two of his first team starters Vladimir Marin and Pablo Zeballos. Schonhauser had intended to leave them out in the cold completely only for the club board to countermand him and demand their inclusion – which could make things interesting in the dressing room.
Cali on the other hand have lost 1 in 13, have won three in a row and are doing well domestically. Everything points to Deportivo doing well in their first continental campaign for three years.
While I’m often cautious about betting on the away team in South America, I can’t see anything but a Cali victory here and they’re my Copa Sudamericana tips at huge odds of 2.83.
Copa Sudamericano Tips: Atletico Venezuela v Palestino
Atletico Venezuela hold a slender 1-0 lead in this tie having somewhat surprisingly won in Chile. Despite being under pressure for most of the game, a Jonathann Herrera goal was enough for Atletico to snatch victory. It was a huge result in what is their first continental campaign.
Atletico are having a mixed domestic season, lying in ninth place having taken just 20 points from 15 games. The only thing that has been consistent about them is their inconsistency – every time they have won a game this calendar year, they’ve followed it with a loss. If you’re a believer in patterns it’s worth noting Atletico go into this game on the back of a defeat.
Palestino have been unbeaten in five under new boss German Cavalieri, a stark improvement in form which has lifted them off the foot of the Chilean table. They still lie in 14th from 16 and a run in this competition is about all they have left to salvage this season. However, Atletico have already shown they’re not just going to roll over.
I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, I hate backing against home teams in South America and Palestino have been poor up until last month. On the other, Venezuelan teams are historically poor in continental competition and the issues outside football in Caracas must be somewhat of a distraction. I’m going to trust that the improvement in Palestino’s form coupled with their motivation will be enough to get them through and thus they are my Copa Sudamericana tips to win at 3.26.
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