Ultimately, this is a tie that is far from over and if anything, Tolima are still probably slightl favourites to advance. Man for man, they are a touch stronger than Argentinos on paper and with the crowd behind them, they should be able to put the visitors under pressure and try to mount a comeback.
All things considered, backing a home win looks the best way to play as far as the betting is concerned and is exactly where our money is going. Tolima are unbeaten in 6 continental home games overall and that’s a sequence we can see them prolonging, with a 1-0 margin of victory that would force penalties looking on the cards.
Thursday’s Copa Sudamericana second round, second leg action sees Colombians Deportes Tolima doing battle with Argentinos Juniors. All is certainly still to play for, with the visitors bringing a narrow 1-0 lead to the Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro.
After dropping out of a Copa Libertadores group containing Boca Juniors, Athletico PR and Jorge Wilstermann despite picking up a respectable 8 points, Deportes Tolima had hoped for better luck now that they’re in the Sudamericana. Nonetheless, a 1-0 defeat in Buenos Aires leaves them with work to do if they are to advance from the tie, but the side will still fancy their chances.
Overall, Tolima have looked a solid outfit so far in 2019. They advanced to the play-off stage of the opening phase of their domestic top flight and are currently top of their group within it, so confidence can be pretty high coming into the game. They’ve also remained unbeaten in 3 continental home games this year, beating Athletico PR and drawing with Boca in the process, results that suggest they have every chance of getting the job done on Thursday.
Indeed, Argentinos Juniors’ name does not carry the same weight as the sides mentioned and though the Argentines will be happy to have established a lead in the first leg, they’ll know they have a huge amount of work left to do to see it through, given how slender it is.
Argentinos aren’t a particularly powerful outfit, finishing 26th in the Superliga Argentina but they have at least improved in recent weeks, reaching the semi-finals of the Copa de la Superliga. Nonetheless, said feat could actually be their downfall for this game, as they arrive tired to Colombian soil, having lost an intense two legged affair with Boca prior to making the gruelling trip to Ibague.
Ultimately, this is a tie that can safely be considered all but over. Corinthians are by far a stronger side than Lara and that’s more than apparent from the first leg and the two games between the two last year in the Copa Libertadores, which the Brazilians won 2-0 and 7-2 respectively.
All things considered, backing an away win looks the best way to play as far as the betting is concerned and is exactly where our money is going. Lara are losing consistently to far weaker opponents than the one they face here and we believe Corinthians can run out winners once again, this time via a 1-0 margin.
Ultimately, anything other than a Colon win on Tuesday is very hard to imagine and the hosts should be able to easily avoid slipping up. River are a far weaker side than them and are extremely poor on the road, so the hosts have to be fancied to advance comfortably.
All things considered, backing a Colon win to nil looks the best way to play as far as the betting is concerned and is exactly where our money is going. Not only have River lost 6 of their last 7 away games, but they’ve failed to score in all but one of said defeats and with that in mind, a 2-0 margin of home victory could well be on the cards.