Vasco da Gama vs Racing Club
South America – Copa Libertadores
Date: Friday, 27 April 2018
Kick-Off at 01:30 UK
Venue: Estadio Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama (Rio de Janeiro).
Vasco da Gama are struggling badly in this tern of Copa Libertadores. The Brazilian side took only a single point from three opening games and they sit at the very foot of the Group 5 standings. Furthermore, they suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Racing last week in Avellaneda. Can Ze Ricardo’s men fix the impression on Thursday evening when they host the same opponent in the reverse fixture at their Estadio Club de Regatas?
It is unlikely scenario to happen given Racing’s form in this season. La Academia hold the very top of the group standings with an impressive seven-point tally from three matches and they have the chance to secure the knockout stage with another win over the struggling opposition here. Eduardo Coudet’s troops look to have found the right shape once again as the two-loss streak was terminated just with the demolishing 4-0 win over Vasco da Gama. Such result was backed up at the weekend with another comfortable victory away at Rosario Central (0-2) in the Argentine Superliga.
Team’s top scorer Lautaro Martinez was rested in the weekend’s domestic league affair, but he still managed to score a goal coming on from the bench late in the second half. He has four goals to his name in Copa Libertadores and he will no doubts be the main target in the final third here.
Vasco da Gama vs Racing Club: Head-to-head
The two sides did not have the chance to take on each other before Racing’s demolishing win from last week.
Centurion, Martinez, Zaracho and Lopez were on target in a completely one-sided affair from the very first whistle. They do have a decent home record in Copa Libertadores matches over the history.
Vasco da Gama vs Racing Club: Prediction
Vasco opened the Serie A campaign in a solid fashion, picking up fur points from matches with Atletico Mineiro and Chapecoense. Cruzmaltino won five, drew one and lost one of last seven home games in the most elite football competition on the continent. Furthermore, they conceded just one goal in last four home ties in Copa Libertadores, and it came in this term’s narrow 0-1 loss to Universidad Chile.
Vasco’s defensive line will no doubts be under a huge pressure once again given that Racing have already notched nine in three group phase matches so far. However, we also have to mention that La Academia are winless in last nine games on the road in this competition. This, combined with Vasco’s fine home form, makes the home win or draw double chance a decent option at 1.55.
We expect the hosts to keep things much tighter at the back this time out. Under 2.5 goals FT also looks like a good call at 1.61.
Vasco da Gama vs Racing Club: Bet Tips
Vasco da Gama or Draw Double Chance @ 1.55
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61