Atenas – Defensor Sp. FREE PICKS
Athens and Defensor Sporting meet at Atenas Stadium, in a match for the 1st round of the First Division. The history of recent direct matches between these two teams indicates total balance, since there were 2 victories for each team in the last 4 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 09-05-2018, ended with the victory of Atenas by (0-2). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team makes its debut in this edition of the test with great enthusiasm, after having achieved the promotion in the previous season. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. For the league, Athens won 16 points out of 30 possible points, after 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (4 out of 10 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 20 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 13 games in which he suffered the first goal.
In the last phases that the Atenas disputed in the Uruguayan championship did not have much success, nevertheless, it has like objective to make a positive campaign in this Closing, that is to say, to do better than in the last editions. It is very important to maintain regularity, so it is very important to score in all the games you can and that depends only on yourself. In this way, it will be necessary to maintain a good level of play and make good displays, both defensively and offensively, as this will be closer to obtaining good results. For this meeting the coach Ricardo Ortiz must bring to play what is best available.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the First Division (Clausura) after having finished the previous qualifying round (Intermediate Round) in the 6th position, with 6 points won. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. For the league, Defensor Sporting won 8 points out of 27 possible points, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses in the last 9 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent final result at halftime was 1-1 (4 out of 9 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 20 matches in this competition, they suffered the first goal 9 times, but got the comeback in 3.
If we analyze the performance of the Defensor Sporting in the Opening and Intermediate, we verify that they were very different, so now, in the Clausura, they intend to be more regular and fight for the first places in the table. There is no doubt that the team wants to make a good debut, despite playing away from home and that means adding points, be it a win or a draw. Of course, if you make a good display, with a strong score and an effective attack you can get a good result, but if you make mistakes you may be surprised. For this meeting coach Eduardo Acevedo will not be able to count on Diego Viera and Guillermo Reyes, who are injured.
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