Club Nacional vs Santos FC
Copa Libertadores Group Stage.
Date: Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
Kick-off at 1:30 UK/ 2:30 CET.
Venue: Estadio Gran Parque Central (Montevideo).
Santos have already qualified for the Copa Libertadores knockouts from Group F with 9 points. The suffered a surprise 0-2 defeat at Garcilaso on matchday 1, they won three on the bounce since including the 3-1 home win against Club Nacional in the reverse of this fixture.
Nacional are second in the standings with 5 points and they have pressure from the other two teams in the group who are locked on 4 points. Interestingly, the Uruguayans were without a win until last round before they run rout against the Peruvian side Garcilaso with a 4-0 win. They still remain unbeaten at home with a win and a draw and clean sheets in both games.
The Brazilians will win the group with three points here. But Nacional’s fate won’t be decided until final group game and could be in a direct knockout tie at Estudiantes, if the Argentines bag a win at Peru.
Nacional vs Santos: Head-to-head
Overall three meetings between the two sides and the 3-1 Santos win break the series of draws between the two sides.
The other meeting was in the 2003 knockout phase, Santos progress to the next round on away goal rule after two thrilling encounters – 4-4 at Nacional and 2-2 at Brazil.
Nacional vs Santos: Predictions
Club Nacional are a decent home side, but they are often guilty of being too defensive against stronger sides in the continent. This might play right into the hands of the visitors as Santos are known for their attacking mentality and like to keep possession of the ball for longer periods. So, it won’t be a surprise to see the Brazilians bagging a narrow win in Uruguay soil.
Nacional vs Santos: Bet Tips
- FT – Santos to win @ 3.42.
- Over 2.5 goals @ 2.50 odd.