It was a busy week in terms of international club football. It began with the start of full-time Champions League qualification. And in the early hours of Friday, the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finalists will be determined. The final ticket will be contested by the reputable clubs, Sao Paulo and Universidad Católica. Are the visitors at risk of trouble? An individual prediction for the match on July 8, 2022 is available to the audience of the website. For full statistics and odds for the match, look at 1xbet login.
Sao Paulo are more likely to succeed just in the Copa
The Tricolours have brought back their legend as a player, Rogério Seni, as head coach. All in all, this has brought some progress even in Brasileirao, but it wasn’t difficult either, against the backdrop of a 13th place finish in last year’s championship. Still, it is more successful to prove ourselves in tournaments other than Serie A. In the Cup in June they beat one of the main giants of the current Brazilian football, Palmeiras. And in the Copa Sudamericana, Sao Paulo managed to win their group. And last week they managed to get an away win in the play-offs as well.
Universidad Católica can definitely see the year as a failure so far
Los Cruzados took domestic titles from 2018 to 2021. The national grande now has 16 sets of gold medals. But in the current draw, the favourites have been completely deflated: they lose more often than they win, and they are at the bottom of the table – a failure! Which is not compensated by promotion to the domestic cup. And they only got 4 points in the Copa Libertadores in the group stage. And they were lucky that Sporting Cristal were even limited to only 2, so the Universidad Católica managed to finish in 3rd place and move to the Copa Sudamericana… But only to start the play-offs there with a resounding defeat at home to the Brazilians. And now they need to think about how to take on their rivals in Sao Paulo in order to progress to the quarter-finals.
São Paulo, firstly, has not lost to the Chileans. Secondly, performing better and better against Universidad Católica: firstly 3 draws, then 4-3 in 2013 and finally 4-2 in the first meeting of the current clash.
Universidad Católica are unlikely to believe in their success and, therefore, are unlikely to try particularly hard in Brazil. São Paulo has gained momentum, and it is worth looking at a bet on the hosts with a -1 goal handicap (odds – 1.93).