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Prediction: Sporting Cristal vs Penarol – Football Predictions

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Two teams who have never won the Copa Sudamericana in the quarterfinals before Sporty Cristal host Penarol in the first leg on Wednesday.

The Peruvians are unbeaten in their last seven home games, while the guests have only lost one of their last eight away games.

Prediction for this match

After being eliminated in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, Sporting Cristal fell back to the Copa Sudamericana, where they defeated Arsenal Sarandi 3-2 in the round of 16.

Christofer Gonzales scored in the second leg in the 85th minute, his seventh goal of the season, with which the Peruvians were able to prevail in Argentina.

Since then, Roberto MosqueraIn the final of the Copa Bicentenario, a new national competition that was only founded in 2019, the men won 2-1 against Carlos Manucci.

Cristal has also picked up eight points from the first four games of the Peruvian Clausura and won the last game last Friday 2-1 at Sport Huancayo.

This is only the third year Los Cerveceros have competed in the Copa Sudamericana, with the quarter-finals being most advanced this season.

Penarol head coach Mauricio Larriera pictured on July 22, 2021

Penarol have also moved up further than ever in this competition after beating fierce Uruguayan rivals Nacional in two games and moving on to away goals after a 2-2 aggregate result.

The return leg was a lively affair, ending dramatically with three transfers in stoppage time before Nacional scored the winning goal in the 101st minute, which was not enough to advance to the next round.

Penarol – 50-time Uruguayan top division champion – is currently fourth in the Apertura ranking and is five points behind leaders Plaza Colonia. Their only defeat in their 13 league games so far has been to Nacional – 48-time Uruguayan champions – and these two clubs will fight for the national title again this season.

Mauricio LarrieraThe side will now focus on the Copa Sudamericana again, where they will face a side from Sporting Cristal, who they last met in 2016, and won an entertaining 4-3 victory in the Copa Libertadores group stage.

Penarol are hoping to get another win against them on Wednesday as they aim to reach the semi-finals for the first time in their history.

Sporting Cristal Copa Sudamericana Form:
  • W.
  • D.

Sporting Cristal Form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • D.
  • W.
  • D.
  • D.
  • W.
Penarol Copa Sudamericana form:
  • W.
  • W.
  • L.
  • D.
  • W.
  • L.

Penarol form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • W.
  • L.
  • D.
  • W.
  • W.

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Penarol players celebrate after their game against Nacional on July 22, 2021

Sporting Cristal have excluded five first-team players with injuries. Christopher Olivares, Renato Solis and Emile Franco are unreachable to anyone with knee problems while Tell Jesus aloud (Thigh) and Marcos Riquelme (Muscle) will also miss the first leg on Wednesday.

Gereld Tavara will keep his place in defensive midfield what Jesus Molina and Horacio Calcaterra the roaming license in the last third.

Alejandro Hohbergwho has scored 10 goals in 20 appearances so far this season is expected to start on the left while Gonzales operates on the opposite side.

As for Penarol, wingers Nicolas Schiappacasse (Knee) and goalkeeper Martin Correa (Muscle) both fall out due to injury, while midfielders Damian Musto is also not available after a red card was shown in the previous round.

A back four of Giovanni Gonzalez, Fabricio Formiliano, Gary Kagelmacher and Joaquin Piquerez everyone is ready to start again in defense and shield goalkeepers Kevin Dawsonwho has conceded 12 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions this season.

striker Agustin Alvarez, who is currently the top scorer of the Copa Sudamericana with eight goals from 10 appearances, should start on the offensive and could be supported in attack by wingers Agustin Canobbio and Facundo Torres.

Sporting Cristal possible starting line-up:
Duarte; Lora, Merlo, Chavez, Loyola; Calcaterra, Castillo; Avila, Gonzalez, Hohberg; Lisa

Penarol possible starting line-up:
Dawson; González, Formiliano, Kagelmacher, Piquerez; Gargano, Trindade; Canobbio, Ceppelini, Torres; Alvarez

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Probability: Sporting Cristal 1-1 Penarol

Sporting Cristal and Penarol will be keen to stay in the duel in the second leg so both teams can approach Thursday’s game with caution.

There could be a draw between the two teams at the Estadio Nacional in Lima.

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