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May 6, 2021 at 1am UK at Complejo Deportivo Rentistas
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Perez (33'), Fratta (50'), Sosa (51')

Tavara (31'), Hohberg (71'), Gonzalez (89'), Duarte (90+5')

Preview: Rentistas vs. Sporting Cristal - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Copa Libertadores clash between Rentistas and Sporting Cristal, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

With both teams yet to register a win in this season's Copa Libertadores, Rentistas and Sporting Cristal clash at the Estadio Complejo Rentistas on Wednesday.

The hosts currently occupy third position in Group E after two rounds of matches, while their visitors are rooted to the bottom of the standings.

Match preview

Rentistas were unable to build on their opening 1-1 draw against Racing Club as they were defeated 2-0 by Sao Paulo on Friday.

Pablo broke the deadlock with seven minutes left to play in the first half, before Reinaldo converted a 90th-minute penalty to put the result beyond doubt.

Martin Varini's men have not had the best of starts to their first-ever appearance in the tournament, and they will be looking to get themselves back on track when they host their Peruvian counterparts.

Wednesday's game is the first of two clashes between the sides in the space of 13 days as they are set to go head-to-head again at the Alberto Gallardo Stadium.

Both meetings could have a huge say in determining the fate of either team, so the importance of picking up positive results in this double-header cannot be understated.

Sporting Cristal were beaten for the second Copa fixture in a row as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Racing Club last Thursday.

Christofer Gonzales struck just before the hour mark to cancel out Juan Caceres's first-half opener, after which Tomas Chancalay netted the decisive goal with seven minutes left to play.

Roberto Mosquera's men still await the first point of their continental endeavour, but they have been flawless in their domestic league so far.

La Fuerza Vencedora have picked up maximum points after five matches, and they currently lead the way in Group B of the Liga 1.

Rentistas Copa Libertadores form:
  • D
  • L

Rentistas form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Sporting Cristal Copa Libertadores form:
  • L
  • L

Sporting Cristal form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W

Team News

Christopher Olivares is a doubt for the visitors after he was forced off with a minor injury in his side's last league outing where he opened the scoring.

In the aforementioned game, Alejandro Hohberg put in a man-of-the-match performance as he scored one goal and created the other which could see him rewarded with yet another start.

Agustin Acosta was sent off in the home side's defeat to Sao Paulo last time out, and he will miss the game through suspension.

Martin Gonzalez has come on as a substitute in the last two matches, but he is expected to be named in the starting XI for this one.

Rentistas possible starting lineup:
Rossi; Morales, Sosa, Fratta, Rodales; Gonzalez, Duarte, Cristobal, Perez; Peraza, Rodriguez

Sporting Cristal possible starting lineup:
Duarte; Lora, Villalta, Gonzalez, Ruiz; Pretell, Castillo, Marchan; Hohberg, Liza, Olivares

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We say: Rentistas 1-1 Sporting Cristal

The two sides will fancy their chances of picking up all three points in this one which should make for an entertaining watch. However, we are predicting a share of the spoils in this one with goals at both ends.

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