Independiente del Valle take on the visitors Corinthians in the round 5 match of Copa Libertadores group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, June 8th at Estadio Banco Guayaquil (Quito).
Independiente del Valle are currently trying to make a name for themselves. "The Giant Killers" were founded back in 1958, but their significant achievements came in recent seasons. They secured their only championship title in 2021, and interestingly, they have a chance to repeat it now. In 2016, the Ecuadorians reached the final of the Copa Libertadores, and then they became champions of the less prestigious Copa Sudamericana twice, in 2019 and 2022. Currently, their results in the group stage are contradictory, with 2 victories against Liverpool Montevideo at home and in Brazil, but with defeats to Argentinos Juniors and in Uruguay.
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Corinthians are having a disappointing season so far. "Timão" has only found success in the country's cup competition. They managed to overcome a 0-2 deficit against Atletico Mineiro in the cup and advanced on penalties. However, in the Brazilian Serie A, the team that finished 4th in 2022 has experienced a sharp decline. After a victory in the first round against Cruzeiro, they went on a 6-match winless streak, with 2 draws and 4 losses. It was only a 2-0 win against Fluminense that interrupted the poor run. The prestigious Brazilian club is struggling both domestically and in the Copa Libertadores. They started confidently with a 3-0 victory over the local Liverpool in Montevideo, but in the next three matches, they could only secure 1 point, playing out a 0-0 draw against Argentinos Juniors.
Prior to this cycle, the two sides had only faced each other once in the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana in 2019. Independiente del Valle won 2-0 at Corinthians' home ground and drew the home leg. The Brazilians are currently in poor form, and their opponents should take advantage of that. It is predicted that Independiente del Valle will celebrate victory in this match.
Prediction for the match: Independiente del Valle to win.