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May 19, 2021 at 1.30am UK at Estadio Monumental
IndependienteIndependiente del Valle
Eduardo Valera Sandoval (20', 49'), Minzum Quina Asin (72')
Leonardo Rugel Moran (67'), Corzo (78')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Sanchez (8'), Ortiz (59')
Segovia (70'), Ortiz (72'), Pellerano (75')

Preview: Universitario vs. Independiente del Valle - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Copa Libertadores clash between Universitario and Independiente del Valle, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Universitario will look to keep their second-round hopes alive in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday when they host Independiente del Valle at Estadio Monumental "U".

Los Merengues are at the bottom of their group with just a single point after four matches played, and Los Negriazules are just one point behind Defensa y Justicia for second in Group A.

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Independiente del Valle's Beder Caicedo celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammates in September 2020© Reuters

With only two games remaining in the group stage of this competition, Angel Comizzo and his team know they cannot afford any more defeats if they want to progress beyond this stage of the competition.

The Peruvians were able to earn their first point on matchday four, as they drew 1-1 with Defensa y Justicia in a match where they could have captured all three points but failed to hang onto their late first-half lead.

On a positive note, the reigning Fase 1 champions in Peru created some scoring opportunities, which they have rarely done in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores.

They fired four shots on target against Defensa, which is more than they had in their opening three matches combined after they had failed to register a shot on goal in their previous two games.

Their top goalscorer in the league, Alberto Quintero, finally got his name on the scoresheet in this competition in their last match.

He will hope to continue his strong goalscoring form of late, having found the back of the net twice in his previous three league fixtures.

For Los Negriazules, this competition has come down to making the most of their opportunities, something they have not done enough of to this point, as they are currently sitting in third place in their group.

Despite dominating possession with more than 60% in every match, they have gone goalless on two occasions in this competition.

Central midfielder Lorenzo Faravelli has scored three goals in his previous three games but has yet to contribute in that department in this tournament.

Renato Paiva will hope that his side can respond on the road after struggling in both this competition and domestically in Ecuador.

In their previous two matches away from home, the club based out of Sangolqui in Ecuador have suffered two defeats, losing by a combined score of 7-1.

Before that, they had gone undefeated in four consecutive matches in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.

Universitario Copa Libertadores form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D

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

Independiente del Valle Copa Libertadores form:
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L

Independiente del Valle form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Team News

Independiente del Valle's Moises Caicedo pictured in September 2020© Reuters

The home side have plenty of injuries heading into this pivotal match on Thursday.

Aamet Calderon has an Achilles tendon rupture, and Alexander Succar is still recovering from the Achilles tendon surgery he had in March.

First-choice keeper Jose Carvallo is suspended after being red-carded in their league match against Cienciano, while right-back Diego Chavez is in quarantine due to COVID and Ivan Santillan is still nursing a knee injury.

Anthony Osorio continues to suffer from a leg injury, and Hernan Novick is healthy but is still searching for his first goal of this campaign.

Jose Maria Carrasco will miss another match for the Ecuadorians as he continues to recover from a knee injury, while left-back Beder Caicedo is out with a tibia fracture.

The back three of Anthony Estacio, William Tenorio and Luis Segovia made life very easy for goalkeeper Wellington Ramirez in their last match versus Universitario, limiting the Peruvians to three shots in total, but none were on target.

Universitario possible starting lineup:
Melendez; Quina, Hernandez, Moran; Alfageme, Guarderas, Barreto, Novick, Quintero; Saavedra, Urruti

Independiente del Valle possible starting lineup:
Ramirez; Estacio, Segovia, Tenorio; Cheme, Uca, Escobar, Guerrero, Faravelli; Murillo, Ortiz

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We say: Universitario 1-4 Independiente del Valle

Independiente del Valle have never lost to a Peruvian side in their five matches against them in this competition, earning four clean sheets and outscoring their opponents by an aggregate score of 10-2.

La U have allowed 25 shots on target in their three games in this competition, and they have failed to test opposing keepers with a single shot on goal in two of their four matches, which is not a good recipe for success.

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