Independiente del Valle take on the visitors from Colombia Atletico Nacional in the first leg of Copa Libertadores final matchup. The match will be played in Sangolquí at Estadio Municipal Rumiñahui on Thursday, July 21st.
The hosts of the first leg are on the verge of historical win and this is why they don’t really battle in domestic league no more. The team has gained 34 points in 20 matches and sit on the third place in the league with 26-22 goal difference. The team went all the way through Copa Libertadores, starting from qualification, taking the second place in the group with 11 points and eliminating one by one the titleholders River Place, 2-0, 0-1, Pumas from Mexico, 2-1, 2-2, and Boca Juniors, 2-1, 3-2. The team is on eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions, recording six win and two draws. Independiente played 18 matches in 2016, taking 13 wins, three draws and two defeats.
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Atletico Nacional are in the leading group in recently started season in Colombia with five points and 7-6 overall goal difference after three matches. Atletico advanced to the playoffs of previous part of the season in Colombia but got relegated in clash with Junior 1-1, 0-1. Atletico have knocked out Huracan, 0-0, 2-4, Rosario Central, 0-1, 3-1 and Sao Paulo, 2-0, 2-1. This is how the final turned out to be matchup between Ecuadorian and Colombian sides instead of clash between famous Sao Paulo and Boca Juniors. Today’s visitors are on 11 match unbeaten streak in all competitions that includes five wins and six draws and last since the end of May. 20 matches on the road in 2016 got the team nine wins, seven draws and four defeats.
This will be the first head-to-head between the team. Both teams deserved their place in the final with solid football shown throughout the tournament. Del Valle fans got used to see their team to win at home in most of the matches their played in recent year. The match is of high importance and the hosts home record suggest they won’t lose today if stay focused though the game.
Prediction for the match: Independiente del Valle to win with +0.0 Asian handicap.