Nacional De Football vs Santos Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Nacional Montevideo

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Tip Reasoning

Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores action sees Brazilians Santos make the trip to Montevideo to face off with Nacional. The hosts will be looking to make full use of home advantage to pick up what would be a crucial three points.

With two fixtures left to play in Group 6, Nacional find themselves in second place, but their work is far from complete. Los Albos have thus far collected 5 points after a win over Real Garcilaso last week, but with the Peruvians and Estudiantes each just a point behind, it’s crucial that Alexander Medina’s men record a good result here.

Domestically, everything is going swimmingly for the hosts, as they find themselves on the brink of winning the opening stage of the Uruguayan top flight, but not having played at the weekend, all focus has been on continental affairs for quite some time. Confidence is certainly running high coming into the clash at the Estadio Gran Parque Central, given the hosts have won 9 of their last 11 fixtures there, and that’s a sequence those that take to the field will be desperate to build on.

Meanwhile, there’s not quite as much pressure on the game for Santos, who have a 5 point margin for error and a concluding clash with Garcilaso on home soil to come. Peixe have performed well in the competition so far, collecting 3 wins from 4, despite expectations being fairly low of the side after a couple of key players left at the end of last season amidst a quite a poor financial situation at the club.

Santos boss Jair Ventura is still settling into the dugout after coming in at the start of the year, and his troops have been fairly inconsistent looking away from the Libertadores. Indeed, a return to the road may not inspire confidence in visiting ranks, after a 1-0 defeat at Bahia last time out on their travels, and just 2 wins from the last 11 games as visitors in the Libertadores will hardly do anything to change that.

Ultimately, one has to side with the hosts in this fixture and they look well worth backing. Nacional have proven themselves to be a formidable opponent on their own patch and with such a great need for the points, we think the Uruguayans won’t fail to turn up to the occasion.

Santos are certainly a tricky opponent, but as they have no real need to chase the win, we expect them to play fairly defensively and let Nacional take the initiative. That’s something the home side are more than used to facing, and with the backing of a fervent home crowd, and a defence that has kept a clean sheet in 9 of the last 11 home games, they should be able to get the job done, with a 1-0 margin of victory looking to be on the cards.

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