Independiente del Valle will take on Lanus in the Round of 16 match of Copa Sudamericana. The match will take place at Estadio Banco Guayaquil in Quito on Friday, July 1.
Individiente del Valle did not play well this year. Although the Black and Blues were established over 60 years ago, they have only recently been able open their doors. There were some bright successes on the international stage at first. In 2016, the Ecuadorians reached the Copa Libertadores final. Three years later, they won the Copa Sudamericana. The championship “gold”, however, was won last year. The results were mediocre in this championship, which was 4th, with a minimal gap to the leader. Independiente del Valle dropped to 3rd in the Copa Libertadores spring tournament, falling behind Deportes Tolima, Atletico Mineiro and relegating the event to a lower-rated one. This year has been a difficult one for
Langus. Recently, Pomegranate won the Primera in 2016. They also played in the Copa Sudamericana final in 2020. However, lately the results are not impressive. Last year, there was only one place in the top ten of the standings. In the spring in Copa Diego Maradona the club won only 15 points over 14 rounds. The Liga also saw the fourth match as the decisive match. The Argentines achieved serious success only in Copa Sudamericana. They won 3 victories and scored 11 points in their four-player group. This was enough to beat all the Barcelona competitors and earn the right to fight in the playoffs.
del Valle has been playing in international arenas since a while, but he has had success in that arena by reaching the finals in both tournaments. However, Lanus and the Ecuadorians were not in contact with each other before the draw. Independiente Del Valle is the favourite of this confrontation at home. However, Lanus will show some promise on the road. We recommend that we limit ourselves to “over 2.5 goals” neutrality.
Prediction: More than 2.5 goals.