Libertad v Sportivo Trinidense
Libertad’s shock defeat to bottom of the table Tacuary has added some jeopardy to their position at the top of the league, with just a three point gap over second place. Sportivo Trinidense are on a better run of form than their upcoming rivals, having won four of their last six.
Daniel Garnero fielded a strong side against Tacuary but found it hard to react to their high press that shut down their build up play. By the time the first substitutions were made they were already 2-0 down and unable to recover. Teenager Enso Gonzalez remains one of the most exciting players on the team and they are also able to welcome back winger Antonio Bareiro after a long-term injury.
Trinidense continued their strong home form with the 2-0 win over General Caballero, it was their fourth clean sheet in six games and they now have the 3rd best defensive record in the division. Pedro Delvalle provided another assist as he keeps up his strong goal contribution rate in recent matches, while his replacement Pedro Arce also got on the scoresheet. Marcos Riveros continues to be an important part of the jigsaw in midfield and keeps the team well organized.
Libertad came from behind to win earlier in the season and with this game at home they are rightly strong favourites, having won 7 out of 8 in La Huerta this year. They also haven’t lost back-to-back league matches since September, but Trinidense should push them. José Arrúa’s team has scored against in four of the five games against the Big 3 so far.
La Equidad v Bucaramanga
It’s been too little too late this season for Equidad. A common story in the history of the tiny Bogotá club under their long-serving manager Alexis Garcia, has been for the team to start a campaign slowly before putting a run of form together to qualify for the final stages of the league championship. But this year, that run of form has been a bit belated.
Currently on an eight-game unbeaten run that has seen the club rise from bottom of the league to mid-table, with just two games left Equidad would have to win their two remaining games and cross their fingers to sneak in the top eight places. Still, Equidad’s recent performances rank among the best in the league. They have comfortably won all of their last three home games, with a combined xG of almost five goals more than their opponents. After much chopping and changing at the start of the season, coach Garcia has finally found an XI that fits his foul-heavy and rigidly organised blend of play and the results speak for themselves.
Against Bucaramanga, Equidad look likely to make it four home wins in a row, with Bucaramanga placed 19th in the table, they have nothing left to play for in this competition. While recent results have picked up slightly under new coach Alexis Marquez, they are still one of the worst teams in the league, perhaps only outflanked only by Union Magdalena who are headed for the second division, and crisis-hit Once Caldas.
Bucaramanga haven’t won away from home since January and are reportedly set for a major squad clear-out before the clausura championship starts in July. With Equidad still harbouring hopes of an unlikely top-eight finish, everything points to the home win at 1.62.
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