Corinthians vs Independiente
South America – Copa Libertadores
Date: Thursday, 3 May 2018
Kick-Off at 01:45 UK
Venue: Arena Corinthians (Sao Paulo).
Corinthians made a huge step towards booking the knockout stage of the competition three weeks ago when they dispatched Independiente 0-1 away from home to stay at the very top of the Group 7 standings. Can they back up such success in the reverse fixture set to be played on Wednesday evening on their territory?
Another win for the Brazilian outfit would be a major hit to Independiente’s ambitions of going beyond the group stage in their first appearance since 2011. The visitors sit at the very foot of the group ladder with just three points in three opening affairs. Can they bounce back and capitalize on the weekend’s domestic win over Newell’s Old Boys here?
It will be much easier said than done for Ariel Holan’s troops given Timao’s fine spell of form at the start of the season.
Corinthians vs Independiente: Head-to-head
El Rojo were the dominant side on the pitch throughout the 90 minutes of play in their first ever H2H encounter with Corinthians.
Nonetheless, the Brazilians defended well and were patient enough to wait for the opportunity rom the counter attack.
It eventually fame nine minutes from time when Jadson broke the deadlock to make the difference between the two sides at Estadio Libertadores de America.
Corinthians vs Independiente: Prediction
Fabio Carille has reasons to be thrilled with his team’s defensive displays at the start of the season. The Brazilian champions are yet to concede a goal after three games in Copa Libertadores. The attacking line could be more prolific, though, as they have not bagged more than three so far.
The visitors will be looking to use just about the same kind of strategy Timao had three weeks ago. Holan’s men should park the bus and wait for their opportunity from counter-attack, especially if we know that their counterparts did score in each of last two domestic games against Vitoria (Copa do Brasil) and Atletico Mineiro (Serie A).
Backing the low-scoring contest thus just has to be the way to go and we’ll take the bet as a banker at the odds of 1.50. The hosts are also worth backing to keep things tight at the back at 1.90, based on everything written above.
Corinthians vs Independiente: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.50
Corinthians to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90