Independiente del Valle take on visitors Boca Juniors in the first leg of Copa Libertadores semifinals. The match will be played in Quito at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa on Friday, July 8th.
Independiente del Valle are currently fourth in the league with 30 points after 18 matches and 23-21 goal difference. The team is undefeated in their last 10 matches, recording 10 points in these matches. The hosts of the match show phenomenal results in the tournament. Ecuadoran side started their path in the competition from qualifying stage and advanced confidently to each following round. The team finished second in the group with 11 points and knocked out one by one the titleholders River Place (2-0, 0-1) and solid Mexican side UNAM (2-1, 2-2). As to the home record of the team, Independiente have taken 11 wins in 15 matches with two draws and two defeats.
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Boca Juniors have no other objectives this season besides Copa Libertadores and failing the season in Argentina, taking 20 points in 16 matches and sit on 10th place in the league. Tevez and Co are focused on the international tournament. Boca Juniors won their group with 12 points with three wins and three draws. The round of 16 opponents Cerro Porteno were defeated twice (2-1, 3-1) and Nacional from Uruguay couldn’t hold Argentine giants in quarterfinals (1-1, 2-1). Boca Juniors haven’t lost a single match in this year competition, taking six wins and four draws. As to the away record of the team in 2016, Boca Juniors recorded three wins, five draws and five defeats in 13 matches on the road.
The opponents haven’t met before in their history. We can expect the opponents to be careful in that match as it’s late stage and the price of any mistake is too high. The match should feature small number of scoring chances and the opponents shouldn’t combine over two goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.