Play-offs - 1/8 Finals
Emelec vs Defensa y Justicia
Estadio George Capwell (Guayaquil), Ecuador
These teams were on a completely different path to 1/8 finals of Copa Sudamericana. We can say that Emelec were a little bit lucky to get to here, while Defensa y Justicia were dominant in the group and as the 1st placed, they qualified for 1/8 finals. The visitors are in better form, but Emelec are always unpleasant opponent when they are playing at home.Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
In the 1/16 finals of Copa Sudamericana Emelec were better than Sporting Cristal, in fact, they won with only one goal scored in two matches. They aren’t as confident as they used to be in the previous years and in the domestic competition after 15 rounds, they are in 13th place with only 14 points. This season they are struggling in the attack and they couldn’t start scoring goals.
Defensa y Justicia
Defensa y Justicia were in 1st place in Group F with 5 wins and a defeat. They can be very pleased with their season so far, despite the fact that they are dominant in Copa Sudamericana, they are doing well in the domestic competition as they are in 6th place. In the last match, they were defeated by Union de Santa Fe, but there were rumors among local media that the manager had this match in mind and was making a rotation in the team so some players can be rested for this match.
Expert Betting Tips
Even though Defensa y Justicua are better team, in better form recently, the odds are not showing it. It is because Emelec at home are playing much better than away and they are undefeated in the last 6 matches at home with 5 draws and a win. Defensa y Justicia have 3 defeats in the last 5 away matches in it will be very important for them not to break under pressure. I think that they have enough quality not to lose in this match.