Universidad Católica and Melgar meet forces at Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, in a match for this phase of the Copa Sudamericana (2nd Round). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. The Melgar presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team reaches this phase of the South American Cup (2nd Round) after having eliminated Colo Colo, after an away win by (0-3) in the shoot-off on penalties and a defeat by (0-1) at home in the previous round. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins and 7 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the First A, they lost with Emelec away by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Universidad Católica has won 6, tied 1 and lost 3. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The first phase of the Copa Sudamericana was not easy for the Catholic University, but it achieved the qualification. From now on the difficulty will always increase and you know it very well, therefore, you will need to have more attention in your games. In this way, as the qualification outside the home will decide, you need to use the local factor to obtain a good result. With it you will get the advantage and that is something fundamental, because it can give you more peace of mind for the second leg. In this match the best players that are available will go to the field.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the Copa Sudamericana with the intention of winning a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. 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, with 12 goals scored and 25 conceded; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 16 conceded. In the last match that they played, for the Primera División, they tied with Sport Boys at home (1-1). In the last 10 away matches Melgar has won 2, tied 1 and lost 7. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 1 comeback.
If we ask Melgar if he is happy to be in the Copa Sudamericana, we will surely hear a no answer. This is said, since he was playing the Copa Libertadores, but with a weak campaign he was eliminated even in the group stage. Now he has the current competition and logically he will not want to disappoint, so he does not want to give margins for mistakes. So, expect to get good play and have efficiency, to return home with the advantage. In this match the best players that are available will go to the field.