Independiente del Valle take on the visitors Lanus in the first leg of the round of last 16 match of Copa Sudamericana. The match will be played on Friday, July 1st at Estadio Banco Guayaquil (Quito).
Independiente del Valle didn't play very well this year. The Black and Blues were founded over 60 years ago, but only recently have they been able to open up for real. And at first there were bright successes in the international arena. First, in 2016, the Ecuadorians sensationally reached the final of the Copa Libertadores, and 3 years later they won the Copa Sudamericana no less unexpectedly. But in the championship "gold" was won only last year. There, by the way, the results are rather mediocre: 4th place, albeit with a minimum gap from the leader. In the Copa Libertadores in the spring, Independiente del Valle fell behind Deportes Tolima and Atlético Mineiro, and dropped out of the 3rd place into a less rated tournament.
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Lanus have rather difficult start this year. Pomegranate recently, in 2016, were able to win the Primera, and in 2020 they played in the Copa Sudamericana final. But lately the results have been modest. In last year's championship there was only a place at the end of the top ten in the standings. And in the spring in Copa Diego Maradona, the club took only 15 points in 14 rounds. In the Liga, too, the first victory was taken only in the 4th match. And only in the Copa Sudamericana did the Argentines manage to achieve serious success. They were able to take 3 wins and 11 points in their quartet - this was enough to get ahead of all competitors led by Barcelona,and, accordingly, to earn the right to continue the fight in the playoffs.
Independiente del Valle have been playing in the international arena not so long ago, however, he has achieved success there in the form of reaching the finals of both tournaments. But at the same time, the Ecuadorians did not intersect with Lanus before this draw. At home, Independiente del Valle is considered as the favorite of this confrontation. But Lanus will definitely try to show something even on the road - we recommend limiting ourselves to neutral "over 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.