Barcelona SC vs Santos
Date: Thursday, 14th September 2017
Kick-off at 1:45 UK/ 2:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Banco Pichincha (Guayaquil).
The Ecuadorians Barcelona SC are arguably the dark horses in this season’s Copa Libertadores. They did extremely well to reach this far and took some major scalps along the way. First up, they had to negotiate a tough groups that includes Brazilian and Argentina heavy weights Botafogo and Estudiantes.
And in the round of 16, it was another tough test for the Ecuadorians as they were pitted against another Brazilian team Palmeiras. Barcelona made the home advantage count by managing a 1-0 win in a cagey first leg affair at home. In the reverse leg, the defense stood firm to in the 1-0 loss which eventually led to the lucky lotto of penalty-shootout.
On the other hand, Santos defeated fellow Brazilians Atletico Paranaense in the round of 16. The match was set alive in the first leg away from home by grabbing a 3-2 win. It was all about good defending in the second leg and they didn’t disappoint by taking a 1-0 win.
Santos are a team in fine form at the moment with their last defeat coming as far as June. That just means they are unbeaten in 16 matches in all competitions with 9 wins and 7 draws.
Meantime, Barcelona’s form is underwhelming as they are struggling in the early days on Ecuadorian Serie A and are positioned at the bottom half of the table after 8 match weeks after managing 2 wins in the process.
Barcelona SC vs Santos: Head-to-head
The teams met at the group stage of Copa Libertadores 2004. Santos won both legs, 1-0 at home and 3-1 in the return leg away at Barcelona.
Barcelona SC vs Santos: Prediction
The home advantage could come in handy for the Ecuadorians. But Santos are in brilliant form and they are most certain to avoid a defeat here.
I also believe this could be a low scoring affair with both teams built on the back of strong defensive units. Barcelona let in just 1 goal in their last five home games, whereas Santos bagged 4 clean sheets from their last six away games. So, under 2.5 goals could be a banker bet for this game.
Barcelona SC vs Santos: Bet Tips
The potential banker is Under 2.5 goals priced at 1.48 with Bet365.
Form Comparison suggest that Santos are most likely to remain unbeaten here. Therefore, double chance – draw or Santos for 1.60 odds with Bet365 is the closest alternative.