Delfin and Emelec measure forces, in a match for this phase of the First A (Champion Play-offs – Final). The history of recent direct matches between these two teams indicates total balance, since there were 4 draws and 2 wins for each team in the last 8 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 04-11-2017, ended with a draw by (0-0). 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 reaches this stage of the First A (Champion Play-offs – Final), after having finished the previous phase in the 4th position, with 37 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, 8 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 12 wins and 3 draws in his stadium.
For this competition, he did not lose any of the last 22 matches at his stadium. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (9 out of 22 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 44 matches in this competition, he only had 3 comebacks in the 15 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 22 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 11 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The Dolphin comes to this grand final after the first position won in the first phase of the competition, so now aims to conquer this title. The local team is aware that playing next to their fans in this first leg is of the utmost importance that they conquer a good advantage, as they will have to confirm the conquest of the cup away from home, in the second leg. The team hopes to present a good football within the field, in order to look for a good advantage and play with more tranquility depending on the match. The coach must take the field to a fairly competitive team with a more offensive game scheme.
The visiting team arrives at this stage of the First A (Champion Play-offs – Final) after having finished the previous phase in the 1st position, with 45 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 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 20 goals scored and 19 conceded; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 26 goals scored and 7 conceded. In the last 10 away league matches Emelec has a record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses, so they have won 13 points out of 30 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 44 matches in this competition, he only managed 2 comebacks in the 12 matches in which he suffered the first goal.
The Emelec got the first position in the second phase of the competition and that gave him the right to be in this grand final, so now has the goal of winning the cup, but is aware that to do so will have to make two good games. In this first leg the visiting team has the objective of achieving at least a draw, which would be considered an excellent result, since it acts far from home. The coach must take to the field what is best available to him for this game.
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