LDU Loja vs Santa Fe by Raymond Fire
I have already spoke about LDU Loja recently (we actually had a bet against them a short while ago but it was void because their players didn't even turn up due to not receiving wages for so long).. That pretty much sums up the situation within their club. They are in the midst of major financial and economical problems, loads of debt and not paying players.. and their results have been more than suffering - they have no motivaition or form.. Playing terrible both at home and away. Despite all that, they are still participating in this competition. They have been doing TERRIBLY in their domestic league.. their last win was months back (in April.. and even further back for their last home win).. Their last 13 games have ended in a MASSIVE 10 losses and 3 draws - with zero wins in this time.. That includes 8 home games without a win on the trot, only even managing to score in 3 in all of those fixtures at their own ground!
They have been poor in all departments and really aren't showing any signs of improvement - they have been losing much easier games than this at home recently. In the league they sit ROCK bottom of the table, 5 games deep and they are still without a single win... Their club is crumbling.
On top of their dreadful form and the basically negative vibes throughout the club, they have an extensive list of injuries and suspensions.. 7 players in total are unavailable. They basically have nothing going for them and now face a very strong opposition - they have very little chances imo.
Santa Fe are in a completely different situation. Whilst the hosts are still without a win in their domestic league, Santa Fe remain unbeaten. They too have played 5 games but have 3 wins and 2 draws - zero losses so far. In this time they have scored an impressive 11 goals, whilst conceding just 1! They have won their 1 and only away fixture so far, maintaining a clean sheet.
Unlike the hosts, Santa Fe are also much more prepared for this game. They clearly see it as a high priority and have lots of experience in International competitions recently. They have been in great form in all competitions but decided to rest all their key players and rotate most their team in their last game out in order to be at their best and fittest for this game - despite facing an extremely depleted home side anyway... I expect this game to be pretty one sided due to this. This is the team they are bringing, it's a very strong one:
1 Robinson Zapata
22 Leandro Castellanos
26 Mina yerry
4 Sergio Otálvaro
3 Harold Cummings
27 Ricardo Villarraga
25 Yair Arrechea
21 Francisco Meza
20 Luis Manuel Seijas
13 Sebastian Salazar
8 Dario Rodriguez
7 Armando Vargas
17 Juan Daniel Roa
10 Omar Sebastian Perez
30 Yeison Gordillo
19 Wilson Morelo
2. 3 Luis Quinonez
24 John Miranda
Santa Fe have been in very good form so far this season, in all competitions, they have started great and now their morale and confidence is at its peak.. They feel they can get a good result despite playing away from home. From their last 8 games now (of which they're unbeaten in all, including both cup and league games) they have only conceded 1 single goal, and kept 7 clean sheets in the rest.. Also, they only failed to score in one of those games themselves (which was a 0-0, their last game out.. most probably due to the fact they fielded a weaker line up to save their players for this
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