Atletico Mineiro vs San Lorenzo Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Atletico Mineiro
San Lorenzo

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Tip Reasoning

Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana first round, second leg action sees Brazilians Atletico Mineiro playing host to Argentines San Lorenzo. The hosts will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.

Atletico arrive in decent shape as they look to make advancement in continental action, currently unbeaten in 5 matches and sitting in 6th placed domestically, after picking up 7 points from their opening 4 fixtures. Thiago Larghi’s troops still have plenty to work on as regards their performances as visitors, but confidence can be high coming into this clash, with wins recorded in 6 of the last 7 home games, including triumphs over the likes of title holders Corinthians and rivals Cruzeiro.

A strong home showing is exactly what Galo need against San Lorenzo if they are to avoid being dumped out of continental action early on once again in front of the home crowd, having been knocked out of the Libertadores by Bolivian minnows Wilstermann last season. Though a 0-0 draw cost them dearly in that particular clash, having lost in Bolivia, Atletico are typically a very powerful force as hosts in continental action and had previously won 8 continental games in a row prior to said disappointment, meaning confidence can be high coming into this one.

Meanwhile, though their results don’t make for entirely terrible reading, a 5-0 home defeat to Godoy Cruz aside, San Lorenzo are not playing well at the moment and will have to improve significantly if they are to hang onto their slender advantage on Mineiro.

El Ciclon wrapped up their Libertadores spot for next year with a 2-0 win over Belgrano on Saturday, but were very fortunate to take the three points, with Belgrano the better side and victims of some questionable officiating. Nonetheless, having at one point been involved in the title race, the fact that Claudio Biaggio’s troops had to wait so long to be assured of their continental place demonstrates the poor 2018 the side have been enduring and with key attacking midfielder Fernando Belluschi remaining absent, performance doesn’t look set to pick up any time soon.

Though they got away with their lacklustre performance last time out, this time around, the visitors face a team of far greater quality and thus, it’s hard to have much faith in them advancing.

Atletico are in excellent shape as hosts and we can see them turning this tie on it’s head, making them good value on the full time result line. That’s where our money is going, alongside a play on a 2-0 home win. Atletico have remarkably won their last 7 home games against Argentine opposition and San Lorenzo don’t look like being the team to put an end to that sequence, all things considered.

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