Atletico MG v Carabobo FC
Without their leading talisman, Hulk, Atletico MG struggled to break down Carabobo in Venezuela, finishing with a frustrating 0-0 draw. However, this helped us land our BTTS no bet at a generous 1.80.
Atletico finished the game with 79% possession and 20 shots, but Carababo were able to protect their goal with some “park the bus” tactics.
With Hulk expected to come back into the frame for the second leg, who was Atletico’s Copa Libertadores top goalscorer in 2022, he will be able to lead the way and get his side into the next round.
The Venezuelan club has played three Copa Libertadores matches away from home to date, conceding 10 goals and scoring none in the process. Reflecting on the first leg, Carababo had one shot on target, and very much struggled to create anything. I’m expecting the Venezuelan’s to severely struggle in Brazil against a rejuvenated Atletico side.
Always Ready v Magallanes
Always Ready will be disappointed to have conceded two late goals in Chile last week, making their job considerably harder to qualify for the next stage. However, if there’s any team which can come back from a 3-0 first leg defeat, it’s a Bolivian team at home.
That’s because Always Ready play their home matches in La Paz, which is over 3,600 metres above sea level, and the high altitude makes playing conditions considerably tough to play in – especially those who are not used to it.
Always Ready are more than accustomed to the conditions and an early goal or two could put Magallanes under considerable pressure. The club beat Brazilian giants Corinthians 2-0 in last year’s group stage, and are more than capable of big results in La Paz.
Ex-Manchester City and Swansea striker Wilfried Bony made his debut in the 3-0 loss, but he’ll be hoping his experience will be telling and hopefully pull his teammates back into the tie. Back over 2.5 goals with the home side chasing the game.
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