Cruzeiro vs Emelec
CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores
Date: Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Kick-Off 23:15 UK / 00:15 CET
Venue: Mineirao (Belo Horizonte).
Cruzeiro will be looking to complete the perfect campaign in the group stage of Copa Libertadores on Wednesday evening when they play host to Ecuadorian Primera Division runners-up Emelec at Mineirao. The hosts are the only team yet to concede a goal in the entire competition. They won each of five games so far with a splendid goal difference of 10-0 en route. They are nine points clear at the top of the Group B standings as a consequence.
Emelec currently hold the second place in the group ladder, but they need a result here to be safe in terms of making it to the knockout stage of the competition. El Bombillo took six points so far. They picked up maiden win of the campaign two weeks ago beating Argentinian side Huracan 1-2 on the road. They previously drew three and lost one of opening four ties in Copa Libertadores.
Cruzeiro vs Emelec: Head-to-head
Copa do Brasil winners claimed a narrow 0-1 victory when they met Emelec a month ago away at Estadio Banco del Pacifico.
These two outfits met each other once beforehand.
Their clashes date back to the 2001 Copa Libertadores group stage campaign when Cruzeiro took a 2-0 win at home and held their rivals to a goalless draw on the road.
Cruzeiro vs Emelec: Prediction
It’s been a dreadful campaign for Emelec so far in the season in the elite tier of Ecuadorian football. They sit 9th in the league ladder after 12 rounds and have a horrendous away record of 1 win, 1 draw and 5 defeats in 7 league matches on the road. They bagged just four goals in the process.
The visitors found goals hard to come by in Copa Libertadores as well. They have a goal difference of 4-4 in opening five outings. This, combined with the fact they are yet to score a goal in head to head encounters with Cruzeiro (this will be their fourth meeting), makes the home win to nil the best way to go here.
You should be careful with stakes knowing the hosts have already secured the top spot in the group, while El Bombillo desperately need points to secure the second place and advance to the knockout phase.
Cruzeiro vs Emelec: Bet Tips
Cruzeiro to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75 (3/4).