San Lorenzo vs Banfield
Argentina – Primera Division
Date: Tuesday, 20th June 2017
Kick-off at 22:00 UK/ 23:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Pedro Bidegain (Buenos Aires).
Prizes are up for grabs when two top teams in Argentina Premier Division this season lock horns on Tuesday night.
San Lorenzo are fifth in the league table and they must take maximum points from their remaining two matches to confirm their spot in Copa Libertadores next season.
While Banfield are sitting at second in the table, however 5 points off the league leaders Boca Juniors give them little chance to win the title. But they cannot drop points, which will dent their chances for Copa Libertadores qualification. In short, both teams cannot afford a defeat here.
Form-wise, San Lorenzo are not in the best of touches. They lost 2 of their last four, otherwise would have been still challenging for the title. Also, two of the last four at home are defeats which came against teams in bad form like Aldosivi and Temperley. Interestingly, they lost just 2 from their previous 10 matches at home. It is evident that the fatigue is slowly catching them up.
Banfield’s current form is superb with excellent stat of 7 wins in their last 8. However, majority of those wins (5) came at home, meaning 2 of their last 3 away games are wins. Season-long they have struggled to get results on the road. Seven from their 14 away games so far are losses, while points were earned from 6 wins and 1 draw. They also have a negative goal-aggregate on the road, 16 scored to 21 conceded. Their metal will be tested if San Lorenzo managed to raise their game on Tuesday.
San Lorenzo vs Banfield: Head-to-head
San Lorenzo have a good home record against Banfield after losing just twice in 16 games since 2002. They have 11 wins during the period with 3 matches seeing draws.
Banfield would like to forget their last visit to the Estadio Pedro Bidegain. They were thrashed 4-1 in the Copa Libertadores clash on September 2016.
San Lorenzo vs Banfield: Prediction
San Lorenzo must lift their game in the closing stages of the season as they cannot afford to lose any points which put them out of the Copa Libertadores qualification zone. Banfield have little pressure on them coming into this game as they are sitting at second in the table with no chance of challenging for the title.
The slight favourites in this game is the home side mainly on the back of their strong h2h record against Banfield. The visitors had often failed to come to the party in road games this season, and their success is purely based on home results.
San Lorenzo vs Banfield: Bet Tips
FT – San Lorenzo to win.