Ponte Preta take on the visitors Sol de America at “Estadio Moises Lucarelli” in the first-leg game of the 1/16 stage of the Copa Sudamericana. The match will be played in Sao Paulo on Friday, June 30th.
Ponte Preta were broken by Palmeiras with 1:2 scoreline in their last game in the Serie A before the international battle. After 10 rounds the side sits on the 11th position in the table with 14 points earned and 12-13 goal difference. In regard to the Copa Sudamericana, in previous round the Brazilians knocked out Gimnasia L.P. with 0:0 and 1:1 scorelines. In 2017 Ponte Preta participated in 16 encounters at the home field recording nine triumphs, four draws and three defeats in them.
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Sol de America have not been beaten in five recent clashes and last four encounters in a row ended with draws. Last season “El Danzarin” finished at the fifth place in the Paraguayan Primera Division with 34 points taken and 31-17 goal difference. At the previous stage of the international competition the Paraguayans thrashed Estudiantes Caracas with 3:2 and 7:1 scorelines. In 2017 Fernardo Ortiz’s conducted 12 games on the road resulting in six wins, four draws and two losses.
The Brazilians and the Paraguayans have never met before. In the South America the home-field advantage plays an important role, thus, I believe that the Brazilians will show their best and get victory in the first-leg clash of the Play Offs. Especially, bearing in mind that the Brazilians have higher football level.
Prediction for the match: Ponte Preta to win.