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Barcelona Guayaquil vs Defensor Sporting Predictions

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  • Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo
Barcelona Sc
Defensor Sporting

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Tip Reasoning

Tuesday’s Copa Libertadores second round qualification, second leg clash sees Ecuadorians Barcelona SC doing battle with Uruguayans Defensor Sporting. Another open game is expected to be in order following Barcelona’s 2-1 win in last week’s first leg.

Barcelona’s last minute goal to return home with said win certainly has them in pole position heading into Tuesday game, but it remains to be seen if the result will even stand, after Defensor lodged a complaint alleging that Barcelona midfielder Sebastián Pérez was not registered in time to play the match.

If Barcelona are found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, they’ll be handed a 3-0 defeat and for that exact reason, they cannot afford to sit back in Tuesday’s game and must go out in search of as big a margin a win as possible. Typically very powerful on home soil and having won their last 5 competitive matches at the Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, confidence is very high in winning Tuesday game whatever the outcome of Defensor’s complaint.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, Defensor cannot afford to sit back and bank on being awarded the first leg by default and 2-1 down, they must bring an attacking game plan to Ecuador. Having failed to make home advantage count, Defensor now find themselves in a very difficult position and their recent form doesn’t suggest that a comeback could be on the cards.

Indeed, Defensor have now lost 5 of their last 6 matches and confidence is low in their ranks as a result. The Uruguayans did do well to eliminate Bolivar in the first round of qualification a couple of weeks ago, but unless significant improvement is found in Tuesday’s match, it does look like being the end of the road for them, barring a successful outcome of their complaint.

Ultimately, there’s a strange dynamic to this match, in the sense that nobody is entirely sure what the first leg score is and as such, both simply have to come out all guns blazing for a big win. Even without said factor, it still would have likely been an open game, with it not in either sides’ nature to just sit back and defend.

As far as the betting goes, backing the over 2.5 goal to be cleared looks the best way to play and we believe this is an encounter that could see a huge amount of goals scored. Barcelona’s last 6 games have all featured over 2.5 goals, with an average of 4.16 on display and with Defensor’s last 9 matches having done the same and featured an average of 3.66 per game, we shouldn’t be short on action and we think the hosts could well run out 4-2 winners, a scoreline well worth a play at such long odds.

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