Club Nacional vs Botafogo
Date: Friday, 7th July 2017
Kick off at 01:45 UK/ 02:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Gran Parque Central.
The Copa Libertadores tie with Nacional comes at the worst possible moment for Botafogo who have been on a dreadful run of form in the last couple of weeks.
The hosts will come in the game in a much better mood as they are off to a super string start to the Apertura season in the Uruguayan Primera Division.
Martin Lasarte’s men clinched five wins and a draw in six opening matches to stay two points clear at the top of the standings ahead of Wanderers.
The team has been enjoying a fantastic attacking for m having notched as many as three goals in each of their three straight wins over Racing, Juventud and Sud America.
Nacional reached the knockout stage of the competition by winning the second place in group seven ahead of last year’s Copa Sudamericana winners Chapecoense.
The visitors should be favourites to go through over two legs after an impressive campaign in the “group of death” where they outplayed the likes of Estudiantes, Atletico Nacional and Barcelona.
However, the manager Jair Ventura has had huge troubles with his team’s efficiency in the final third as Estrela Solitaria failed to find the back of the net in three consecutive losses to Avai, Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians.
Nacional vs Botafogo: Head to head
The two sides have not had the chance to meet each other over the history.
Nacional vs Botafogo: Prediction
We simply have no other option but to back the hosts to build on an impressive run of form in the final third and take advantage of the momentum to gain the edge ahead of the rematch which is to be played in more than a month.
Nacional vs Botafogo: Betting Tips
The first pick will be Nacional to win at 2.17 odds by Pinnacle.
Braver punters will fancy HT/FT Nacional/Nacional for a massive 3.50 odds with Bet365.