Stadium: Dr Nicolas Leoz (Asuncion)
In the second leg of the South American Cup semi-final, Libertad will face Bragantino. The first leg of this encounter took place a week ago and brought the Brazilians a 2-0 victory. Now, the Bulls need only a narrow defeat to advance to the final of South America’s second most important tournament.
After the match in Brazil, Libertad played one game in the Paraguayan championship and lost to Guarani 1-2. At the same time, Guarani failed to score a penalty in the 50th minute, and on the whole, they looked more interesting than the home side. After this defeat, the situation in the Paraguayan standings deteriorated for Libertad. After ten rounds played, Libertad are only 7th in the peloton, 10 points behind the leading side Guarani.
Bragantino, too, have not had much to brag about in Brazil’s Serie A lately. Until recently, the Bulls were firmly in the top 4. The Bragantino are relegated to fifth place, with four clubs in the bottom table, including the ambitious Corinthians, Internacional, and Fluminense. Obviously, in such a situation, the South American Cup for the Bragantinos is a lifesaver and a real possibility for next season to clinch the Libertadores Cup. After all, it’s clear as day that it would be challenging to do so in Serie A.
Expert Betting Tips
The first leg between the Paraguayans and Brazilians was a draw, and we doubt that the return leg will produce much in the way of goals. There’s a lot at stake. Bragantino are unlikely to take any chances, and Libertad are not looking their best even at home. Here are our South American Cup semi-final betting odds: Handicap 2 (0.25) for 2.46, Total Under (2.5) for 1.60, X2+Total Under (2.5) for 2.50.