Estudiantes vs Belgrano by Isaiah
Estudiantes suffered narrow defeat last time out, before the international pause as the team visited Lanus and had some chances to walk away with something, however the home team entered the match strongly and took a lead in fourteenth minute with a goal from Sanchez.
Players of Lanus were slightly better during the whole match, with Estudiantes also having some decent chances, but overall must be said that the final outcome is fair. On the other hand, once the guests stood playing with a man less in 84th minute when their defensive midfielder Ascacibar got red carded, they weren't able to risk towards the end of the game. The team also got excluded in the Argentinian Cup game at home against lower ranked Pacifico 2:3, using rotated squad. Estudiantes is now at eight position having just a point less than Copa Libertadores placed sides and needs a victory badly here to improve their chances.
Midfielder Nicolas Talpone (3/0) is long term absentee already, while suspended remains defensive midfielder Santiago Ascacibar (23/0) who got red carded in previous match. Forward Lucas Vatri had some injury issues, but should be ready. Hosts should be lined up in 4-4-2 formation with Toledo and Otero most likely in attack.
Belgrano, on the other side, was supposed to do much more last time out, before the interational break, but the team suffered narrow 1:2 defeat in front of own fans against Arsenal Sarandi. First halftime was quite boring, with neither of the teams risking, but the visitors had more of the ball possession.
Repetition became way more interesting, with the guests taking the lead in 54th minute via Rolon, while hosts replied in next attack via Barbieri, while the players of Arsenal re-gained the lead just few minutes later via Milo. Overall, it wasn't very open game and when the players of Belgrano were supposed to attack in order to find equalizer, visiting side was the one who had much more of the ball possession. After a run of four undefeated matches, Belgrano is now back at the rock bottom position with just twenty-two points earned out of twenty-seven matches.
Guests should be lined up in typical 4-4-2 formation with Melano and Marquez in attack. Midfielder Joaquin Rikemberg (1/0) is injured, same as forward Claudio Bieler (21/4). Left back Juan Quiroga (8/0) is suspended.
- Estudiantes have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home matches (Primera Division).
Estudiantes needs to react here and well, they are doing more than fine in front of own fans. They might not be real scoring machine always, but their defensive lineup usually gets the job done - and having that in mind, below quality Belgrano should be having really hard time finding a net here.