Asuncion, Nicolas Leos.
The first match between Santos and Libertad ended with a score of 2-1 in favor of the Brazilians. As we all know, the away goal rule does not apply in South America, which means that just one goal can get the Paraguayans into the semifinals of the second most important tournament in South American football.
Libertad is off to a very poor start in the tournament. After five rounds played in the Paraguayan championship, the team is only in 8th position, with 4 points and 9 points behind the leading Guaraní. Already now it is doubtful that Libertad are able to compete for the title of the strongest team in their country. In the South American Cup Libertad's situation is not so bad. From the 1/8 finals, Libertad beat Colombia's Junior, just because of the greater number of away goals. They lost to Santos on the road, but lost narrowly, scoring a goal. By the way, in that match, Santos played with ten men from the 50th minute because Melo was removed from the field for a serious foul. Libertad had a good chance of drawing, but Barbosa scored an autogoal in the third minute.
First of all, Let's not forget that Santos is the current finalist of the Libertadores Cup. In general, They are in pretty good shape, they kept their representation not only in the South American Cup, but also in the Cup of Brazil, knocking out Juazeirense in the 1/8 finals of the tournament. In the championship of Brazil, Santos has a 3-match winning streak, where they beat Chapecoense, tied with Corinthians and Fortaleza. After 16 rounds, Santos is in 10th position in the Serie A standings with 21 points. It's not so bad, because Athletico Paranaense has only two more points in the standings. On the other hand, Santos's stats playing away in Serie A are not that great, with just one win in eight games and four losses.
Expert betting tips
Santos can not be called a top team. Most of their matches ended with a TO 2.5. In turn, Libertad has no need to take risks, because their situation can be saved by just one goal. We believe that this encounter has every chance to end inconclusively. And we have no doubt that Santos will not lose in Paraguay. We would like to offer the following odds for the match: W2 for 3.66, ТO (2.5) for 2.00, Both teams will score for 1.727.