Independiente vs Rionegro Aguilas
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana
Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Kick-Off 23:15 UK / 00:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Libertadores de America (Avellaneda).
Rionegro made a huge upset when they bagged three goals past Independiente in last week’s first leg of this second round of Copa Sudamericana tie.
The Argentinian giants, 2017 champions, remain enormous favourites to advance from this tie due to a significant gulf in quality between the two sides.
The new season in the elite tier of the Argentinian football will not kick off any time soon which is why the head coach Ariel Holan does not have the need to give rest to some of his main players ahead of the reverse fixture in Avellaneda.
El Rojo ended the previous term of Argentinian Superliga at seventh place, missing it out on a sport in Copa Libertadores.
They fell 3-4 on aggregate to Argentinos Juniors in the recent Argentinian Copa de la Superliga first round tie.
The 2017 champion began this edition of Copa Sudamericana with a pair of impressive wins over Peruvian Deportivo Binacional (4-1 and 2-1).
Independiente vs Rionegro Aguilas: Head-to-head
The two teams did not have the opportunity to meet each other in the past.
Gomez, Salazar and Obrian inspired a 3-2 victory for Rionegro Aguilas seven days ago at Estadio Alberto Grisales.
Independiente vs Rionegro Aguilas: Prediction
Much like their rivals, Rionegro are currently on a break when it comes to their domestic season. Nevertheless, it is the only similarity between the two sides who are teams at polar opposites in about every other aspect.
Rionegro Aguilas barely went past Bolivian Oriente Petrolero in the previous round of Copa Sudamericana. They advanced on penalties after two separate 1-1 draws.
The team led by Eduardo Cruz had a dreadful campaign in the top flight of the Colombian football in the Apertura season. They came second from bottom (out of 20 teams) with just three victories in 20 games.
None of these three victories came away from home. Las Aguilas Doradas had the weakest defensive record in the entire league on travels and we just can’t imagine them holding an incomparably stronger opposition down here.
The comprehensive home win has to be the way to go.
Independiente vs Rionegro Aguilas: Bet Tips
HT/FT Independiente/Independiente @ 1.80 (4/5)
Independiente to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.85 (17/20).