Deportes Tolima and Alianza Petrolera meet at Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro, in a match for the 3rd round of the Primera A. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 3 wins and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 07-20-2017, in a match for the Primera A that ended with Deportes Tolima’s victory by (3-0). The goals of the match were scored by A. Rodríguez (6 ‘, 36’ and 56 ‘) for Deportes Tolima. 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 is currently in the 14th position, with 1 point won. In his premiere he lost at home against Atlético Nacional, by (0-1). In the 2nd round, they drew away against América de Cali by (1-1). 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 2 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches Deportes Tolima has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have suffered 6 of their 14 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘) and 5 of their 14 goals between (31′-45′).
As well as the start of the season, Tolima has its goals and this time nothing has changed, so what it really wants is once again to be able to participate at least in the final phase of the championship. Inside the house he knows he can not lose points, even more against opponents who are theoretically weaker, so he must show good football from the initial minutes to try to open the scoreboard as quickly as possible, since he would run less risks be suprised. For this game the technician Alberto Gamero should take to the field what he has of better available.
The away team is currently in the 4 th position, with 4 points won. In its opening match tied against La Equidad by (0-0). In the 2nd round, they won at home against the Leones by (1-0). 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 1 win, 5 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away matches the Oil Alliance has 3 draws and 7 losses. Their attack was not very effective, since they did not score goals in 7 of the last 10 games. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 15 of the last 24 matches have ended with Under 2,5 goals. This is a team that has presented difficulties in opening the scoring and who only managed to score the first goal once in the last 15 games. In 15 games, he only managed 2 comebacks in the 11 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 away matches for all competitions: they have scored 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘).
Everyone knows that the true desire of the Oil Alliance is to make a better campaign than last season, but to make it happen many things must happen, including technically and tactically evolve and reduce the number of errors in their games. In this case, it is clear that the key to all this is to have regularity from the initial days, regardless of whether you play at home or not, because only then can you have a good position in the leaderboard. For this game the coach Juan Cruz Real must take to the field what is best available.
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