Junior vs Alianza Lima
South America – Copa Libertadores
Date: Friday, 27 April 2018
Kick-Off at 01:30 UK
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez (Baranquilla).
Junior joined the contest for the knockout stage by beating Alianza Lima 0-2 in Peru last time out. The Colombians thus rebounded from the opening failures against the likes of Palmeiras and Boca Juniors in matches which saw them fail to find the target at all. Yimmi Chara and Jonathan Alvez bagged goals in a highly-important victory for Los Tiburones.
Nevertheless, the win from Peru would count for little in case of a failure here, but one is hardly expected after the last week’s fixture. The visitors significantly halted their push for the knockout stage with the mentioned loss as they sit rock-bottom with only one point from opening three games. Another loss here would definitely get them out of the race for one of the top two spots.
The team led by Pablo Bengoechea did manage to terminate the two-loss streak with a 3-1 win over Sport Rosario in the domestic campaign at the weekend. They still, however, trail 13 points behind Sporting Cristal at the top of the Primera Division standings.
Junior vs Alianza Lima: Head-to-head
The above described clash played seven days ago was the first ever head to head encounter between these two likes.
Junior vs Alianza Lima: Prediction
Junior are not enjoying the best of the campaigns in their domestic league, though. They are just eighth after 16 rounds of the competition and the continental success might save the season for them. The star man Jonathan Alvez was rested in weekend’s 2-2 draw at America de Cali. It was the match which saw the in-form Yimmi Chara bag another goal for Los Tiburones. The Colombian striker, paired with Alvez, could make lots on troubles to the Peruvian side’s defensive line once again here.
The hosts will likely go strong from the very first minute which makes the HT/FT home win /home win a decent pick at 1.61 odds. Alianza Lima just struggle badly for goals in Copa Libertadores as they are yet to find the target and the group stage reached the fourth round. Additionally, they have lost seven and drew two of last nine away matches in the competition over the years. The alternative betting option would be Junior to keep a clean sheet at 1.50.
Junior vs Alianza Lima: Bet Tips
HT/FT Junior/Junior @ 1.61
Junior to keep a clean sheet @ 1.50