Monarcas M. vs Independiente
The winner of this double fixture qualifies to Libertadores' Group 4 and will meet Atletico Mineiro, Nacional Asunción and Zamora in the group phase.
The Mexican team has suffered a defeat in Tijuana and coach Carlos Bustos has been sacked and substituted with new trainer Eduardo de la Torre, cousin of José Manuel de la Torre who has been the coach of Mexico in the past. Monarcas have already played 4 games in their home league and obtained only 4 points.
The Colombian team have started their national league with a 3-0 win over Itagui, goals scored by Medina, Arias and Anchico. Last season Santa Fe reached the Libertadores semifinals, their best achievement since 1961, and they have been eliminated by Olimpia.
Coach of Independiente, Wilson Gutierrez, declared: “We will look for the three points as we did with Itagui. We have studied Morelia and we will make our game without waiting”.
By having a look at Soccerway's statistics I noticed that Rodriguez, goalkeeper of Monarcas, only played 23 games in the last 6 seasons in the Mexican league. The most skilled striker in the Mexican team is Jaime Montero, Ecuadorian national player who scored in two home games against Paraguay and Uruguay and this year started scoring also in the Mexican league with 21 appearances and 6 goals. Before this season he never scored a lot. In the Colombian side the players who can make the difference are Edison Vicente Mendez (55/9 with the Ecuadorian national team), Wilder Medina (116/59 in the Colombian league since 2009) and Sergio Herrera (25 games and 11 goals scored last year with Once Caldas).
Independiente Santa Fe will try this year to improve last season's result. Monarcas have a new trainer who probably had not enough time to prepare his team, I pick Independiente “Draw No Bet”.
DEF Reynoso, Baloy, Huiqui, Godinez
MF Salinas, Valdez, Ramirez, Montero
FW Riascos, Mancilla
Trainer: De la Torre
Independiente Santa Fe:
DEF Otalvaro, Meza, De la Cuesta, Mina
MF Perez, Seijas, Torres, Mendez
FW Medina, Herrera
Bet: Independiente Santa Fe AH, odds: 3.37 Pinnacle, stake: 7/10
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|Independiente 0 AH||Pinnacle||3.37||7||2-1 LOST (-7 units)|