Palestino vs Zulia
CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana
Date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Kick-Off 23:15 UK / 00:15 CET
Venue: Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo (Santiago de Chile).
Zulia stole a last-gasp victory thanks to a 95th-minute goal in what was an eventful stoppage-time of their first leg clash against Chilean Palestino seven days ago. Chileans found a 93rd-minute equalizer through substitute Nicolas Diaz, but only for striker Bryan Velasquez to have the final word netting his second goal of the game for Zulia.
Nevertheless, Palestino remain massive favourites to advance from this tie due to the huge gap in quality between the two teams. The hosts were close to go beyond the group phase in this term of Copa Libertadores, but suffered a 0-2 home loss to defending champions River Plate in a decisive fifth round clash on the home patch to drop down to third place. They had one of the deadliest groups in the most elite continental competition, but the draw was their ally for this Copa Sudamericana tie awarding them debutants Zulia against whom they should really not have too many troubles in this return fixture at Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo (which is not their original stadium, though).
Palestino vs Zulia: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head encounter between the two outfits.
Zulia picked up a narrow 2-1 victory in the first leg played seven days ago on the Venezuelan soil.
Palestino vs Zulia: Prediction
The visitors have never before featured Copa Sudamericana. They went past Bolivian minnows Nacional Potosi on penalties in the first round (1-1 on aggregate) and they made quite a big upset in the first match of this tie against Palestino.
Copa Venezuela champions are generally enjoying a strong spell of form coming into this game. They are unbeaten in seven straight affairs in all competitions. However, they do show completely opposite face on travels usually. Francesco Stifano’s men shipped at least three goals in three of past four away games in Primera Division.
Palestino won six of last nine home clashes in the elite class of Chilean football. They scored at least three goals in five of these six wins and we believe they should have plenty of room to bring such amazing attacking spell of form to the continental competition here.
Palestino vs Zulia: Bet Tips
Palestino to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.00 (1/1)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5).