Sao Paulo vs Rosario Central Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Sao Paulo
Rosario Central

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Tip Reasoning

Thursday’s Copa Sudamericana first round, second leg action sees Brazilians Sao Paulo playing host to Argentines Rosario Central. The home side will be looking to advance in front of their own fans after fighting bravely to a 0-0 draw with 10 men in the first leg.

Sao Paulo boss Diego Aguirre could really do with securing victory in this clash, having made a solid, if unspectacular start to his reign since coming in at the start of March. The Uruguayan has already lost key clashes earlier on in the year, both in the Brazilian Cup and Campeonato Paulista and what would be a first round exit in the Sudamericana for the second year running would start to see pressure mount on both manager and players alike.

Tricolor aren’t playing too badly at the moment but are struggling to turn draws into wins, and having blown leads in both of their last home games, each of which have ended 2-2, concentration levels are going to have to be improved upon in this match. Nonetheless, said results play their part in a 8 match unbeaten home run, 5 of which coming from victory, so confidence still remains fairly high ahead of kick off.

Confidence is certainly not high in Rosario Central ranks, with the club in crisis and supporters enraged with the current state of their team. Things reached a new low at the weekend as El Canalla were battered 4-0 at already relegated Arsenal, making it 4 defeats on the bounce and leaving the visitors down in 19th place in the domestic standings.

Fans of Central are calling for an overhaul of the club’s board and going out of continental action here would only serve to pour fuel on an already burning fire. Caretaker boss José Chamot has a big job on his hands to raise spirits ahead of the trip and that order only looks all the more taller given the manner in which his men performed in his first match in the dugout.

It’d be a huge surprise if Sao Paulo failed to win this game and as such, we’re more than happy to back them with full confidence. Central are in dire straits and arriving off the back of humiliation to a, quite frankly awful Arsenal side, there looks to be little hope of the visitors returning to Rosario still in continental competition.

With Sao Paulo strong on home soil and Central porous on the road, losing their last 4 trips whilst conceding an average of 3 goals a game, there really can be only one winner and that’s the Brazilians. With the backing of a fervent home crowd, this should be a comfortable evening for them and we fancy them to run out 2-0 victors.

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