The Strongest vs Lanus
Date: Thursday, 6th July 2017
Kick off at 23:15 UK/ 00:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles.
Lanus cruised past their rivals to top the group 7 in this term of the most elite football competition in South America, but they will have a tough task to go past Bolivian The Strongest over two legs in the last 16 round of the competition.
The mission will be especially tough for the Argentines in the first leg at Estadio Hernando Siles where the Bolivians are undefeated in last 17 Copa Libertadores fixtures.
The manager Cesar Farias could not challenge Bolivar’s domination in the past term of Apertura season in the Bolivian LFPB since The Strongest came second with nine-point deficit to the champions after 22 rounds of the competition.
The team claimed the second place in group 2 of Copa Libertadores thanks to a surprising 1-1 draw with Colombian Santa Fe on the road in the last round of the group phase.
The season in the tip flight of the Argentine football also ended a week ago.
Lanus had a super strong finish claiming seven wins and two draws in last nine matches in all competitions.
The team led by Jorge Almiron thus fought out to securing a Copa Sudamericana appearance in the next season following the eight-place finish in Primera Division.
The Strongest vs Lanus: Head to head
This is going to be the first ever head to head encounter between the two sides.
The Strongest vs Lanus: Prediction
Even though Lanus have more quality in their squad, we can’t expect them getting the positive result in the first leg because the Bolivians are just impossible to beat on the home court in continental competitions.
We thus expect to see the Argentine sitting at the back and trying to keep it goalless as long as possible ahead of the rematch in Buenos Aires where they will have a much greater chance to secure the quarterfinal of the competition.
The Strongest vs Lanus: Betting Tips
The main bet is Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 1.75 by Pinnacle.
The second best pick is a first-half draw for 2.20 odds by Bet365.