Sporting Cristal vs The Strongest – Copa Libertadores
Wednesday 19th April 01:45, Nacional de Lima
Match Preview and Betting Tips
Peru’s Sporting Cristal are still searching for their first win in this years Copa Libertadores, and the games aren’t getting any easier as Bolivia’s The Strongest arrive at the Nacional de Lima.
So far Cristal have managed a 1-1 draw at home to group favourites Santos and lost 2-0 against Santa Fe, while The Strongest have picked up a 2-0 win against Sante Fe and lost by the same score in Brazil against Santos.
I don’t think there is much between these two sides and we should be in for a very tight and tense affair tomorrow, but with both teams performing well domestically we might end up with a few goals if were lucky.
Sporting Cristal sit 2nd in the top flight of Peruvian football, spreading their goals throughout the starting eleven which can make predicting a first goalscorer a little difficult at times. The Strongest rely mostly on the goals of Escobar, with the striker netting 18 in the league this season and 3 in the Copa Libertadores (including qualifying).
I’ve gone with a home win tomorrow as I don’t believe The Strongest to be the best of travellers and Sporting played so well against Santos in their last CL game in their own backyard. I’ve gone with under 2.5 goals to be scored, with the most likely result a 1-0 win as I think the game will be very close throughout. Escobar has been booked three times in the CL this season so I’ve backed the striker to pick up the first booking of the game tomorrow.
Sporting Cristal | LDDLWW
The Strongest | WLLLWW
Sporting Cristal vs The Strongest Stats
These two club shave met twice before and so far the head to head record stands at one win apiece.
Those two encounters both arrived in this very competition back in 1978 where on each occasion the home advantage proved the deciding factor with Cristal winning 3-0 in Peru and The Strongest 3-1 victors in Bolivia.
Sporting Cristal have W1-D0-L1 against The Strongest
Goals Scored: Sporting Cristal 4 | The Strongest 3
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