Zamora and Colón face each other in a match for this phase of the Copa Sudamericana (1st Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Columbus presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the Copa Sudamericana with the intention of taking advantage of the home factor to conquer a positive result. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Monagas by (1-2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Zamora has won 6 and tied 4. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
The Zamora enters the field for its eighth game in 2018, which marks his debut in this edition of the Copa Sudamericana, trying to maintain the good performance he has been showing to continue unbeaten this season. So far, has accumulated two draws and five wins, being that the last one was away from home, against Monagas, for the third round of the Venezuelan Championship, which now occupies the vice-leadership. In January, he won the title of the Bicentennial Cup, on Deportivo Lara, a team that eliminated Zamora in the quarterfinals of the last edition of the Venezuelan Championship. The last participation of Zamora in the Copa Sudamericana was in 2016, when it was eliminated in the second phase by the Montevideo Wanderers. It is possible that the coach makes some changes to the starting lineup, but will probably keep Danny Perez as a reference in the attack.
The visiting team plays its first match in this edition of the Copa Sudamericana with the intention of winning a positive result as a visitor. 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, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Newell’s Old Boys by (0-1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Colón won 4, drew 2 and lost 4. His defense has not been very solid, as he has suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 9 of the last 19 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 14 out of 19 have ended with Under 2,5 goals.
The Colón makes its fifth game this year, the second consecutive away from home, which marks its debut in the Copa Sudamericana, and enters the field a little more relieved, after having won again for the Argentine Championship, in the one that currently occupies the eleventh position. On the occasion, beat the Newell’s Old Boys away from home and thus interrupted a lousy sequence of four defeats in the national championship. Last year, he made a reasonable campaign and finished the Argentine Championship in the eleventh position. His last participation in the Copa Sudamericana took place in 2012, when he was eliminated in the round of 16 by Cerro Porteño. The coach is often altering the tactical system of the team, but probably keep Conti as a reference in the defense.
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