Sao Paulo is one of two teams that dominate the soccer lines despite having to hit the road for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana Round of 16. The Red and Blacks are offering a +125 price to defeat Universidad Catolica.
They deserve it. We’re also talking about one of five teams to finish the Group Stage undefeated. The thing is that the Crusaders won’t be easy prey as they’re used to facing challenges like this. After all, they’re after competing in the Group Stage of the Copa Libertadores.
Universidad Catolica Best Shot
Let’s see. After 15 games in the Primera Division, Chile’s domestic tournament, Universidad Catolica is 10th with a 6-1-8 record, 10 points behind Colo-Colo, the team atop the standings. In other words, the Crusaders can forget about winning the domestic title.
Therefore, winning the Copa Sudamericana is all they’ve left. It wouldn’t be the first time, but maybe it’s about time to rewrite history. They conquered the Copa Sudamericana in 1994. That’s the club’s only international title.
Anyway, the Crusaders are here after finishing third in Group H of the Copa Libertadores. They ended 1-1-4 with five goals for and 10 against. Luckily for them, Sporting Cristal did worse. The Peruvian side couldn’t win a single game.
The main reason for you to consider including Universidad Catolica in your soccer picks is named Fernando Zampedri. He’s the team’s top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions. In fact, he leads the Primera Division scoring chart with 10 goals. He doesn’t need many chances to find the back of the net. That’s good because we expect the home side to heavily rely on the counterattack.
Universidad Catolica is offering a +260 price in the sportsbook. That means you could win $260 per every $100 you wager on them.
Sao Paulo: Great Numbers
As mentioned before, Sao Paulo finished the Copa Sudamericana Group Stage undefeated. The Red and Blacks won five out of their six games. Overall, they scored 12 goals and allowed only three. Only two teams allowed less goals than them.
Regarding their numbers on the road, they ended up 2-1-0. They defeated Ayacucho 3-2 and Jorge Wilstermann 3-1. Curiously enough, their lone draw was against another team from Chile. We’re talking about Everton, and the game ended 0-0.
If Universidad Catolica has Zampedri, the visitors have Jonathan Calleri. He’s the top scorer in the Brazilian Serie A with nine goals. He hasn’t scored in the Copa Sudamericana, but it’s only a matter of time.
Last week, they defeated Palmeiras, one of the favorites to win the Copa Libertadores title, 1-0. It was in the Copa do Brasil Round of 16 and the game ended 1-0. Summing up, we’re talking about a team with a strong winning mentality. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve no major injury concerns, so there’s no reason to hold back. Last but not least, Sao Paulo is used to being the betting online favorites, so no pressure.
Universidad Catolica vs Sao Paulo Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 8
- Universidad Catolica Victories: 1 (8 goals)
- Sao Paulo Victories: 4 (16 goals)
- Draws: 3
Regarding the Copa Sudamericana, this will be the third time that these two meet in a knockout stage. The first was in the 2012 Semifinals. The first leg, also in Santiago, finished 1-1. The second finished with a goalless draw. The Brazilian side advanced thanks to scoring more goals on the road.
Most recently, they met in the Round of 16 of the 2013 edition. The first leg was in Brazil and ended 1-1. Then, the Red and Blacks pulled off the stunner with a 4-3 victory in Chile.
Universidad Catolica vs Sao Paulo Game Information
- Date: Thursday, June 30.
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago
- Universidad Catolica vs Sao Paulo Live Stream: fuboTV
Universidad Catolica vs Sao Paulo Betting Lines
|Universidad Catolica||+½ -155||+260||2-130o|
|Sao Paulo||-½ +125||+125||2Evu|
Universidad Catolica vs Sao Paulo Prediction
Sao Paulo is the better team, no doubt about it, but Universidad Catolica has been considerably better when playing at home, losing only two of their last seven games at Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo. And both losses were by only one goal. In other words, you can expect the home side to put up a good fight, so take advantage of that and go with the draw. Things will be much different in Brazil.