Independiente del Valle take on visitors Pumas on the first leg of Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. The match is taking place at Rumiñahui on Wednesday, May 18th.
Independiente del Valle started their path in the qualifying rounds, beating Guarini on aggregate (1-0, 1-2). The hosts of the match sensationally took the second place in their group behind Atletico Mineiro and ahead of Colo Colo and Melgar with 11 points and 7-4 goal difference after six matches. That success added them confidence and the Ecuador side knocked-out the titleholder River Plate, 2-0, 0-1. Independente del Valle played 11 matches at home stadium in 2016, taking eight wins, one draw and suffering two defeats.
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Pumas showed confident results in the group stage, finishing first ahead of Deportivo Tachira, Olimpia Asuncion and Emelec. The Mexican side have gained 15 points in six matches of the group stage with 17-8 aggregate goal difference. Pumas had troubles with beating Deportivo Tachira in the round of 16, 0-1, 2-0. The visiting side have played 12 matches on the road this season, recording four wins, three draws and suffering five defeats.
The opponents haven’t faced one another in their history. The first leg will be played in Ecuador and is gives Independiente del Valle advantage in this match as the hosts show strong results at own stadium. Moreover, Pumas aren’t that confident on the road and that should increase chances of the hosts.
Prediction for the match: Independiente to win.