The home team comes to this stage of the Copa Sudamericana (Quarter‑finals) after having played in the previous rounds against: Botafogo and Unión La Calera. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the Serie A, they got an away loss against Atlético PR by (1‑0). In the last 10 home matches Atlético Mineiro has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1. Defensive consistency has been one of their best features, as they have only conceded goals in 1 of the last 4 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. there is 1 period that stands out in the last 6 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (76’‑90′).
Atletico-MG’s ambition is to conquer the competition, so in this home match it is important to impose themselves on the pitch, so they’re going with everything they’ve got on opponent. It is expected that the home team will impose, and as such trying to have the ball in their favor and looking for the attacking moves quickly. The coach should not have major absences for this match, so he should go with a very competitive team to the field.
Analysis of La Equidad
The away team comes to this stage of the Copa Sudamericana (Quarter‑finals) after havinf played in the previous rounds against: Royal Pari, Deportivo Santaní and Independiente FBC. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 14 conceded. In their last match, for the Primera A, they got an away loss against Millonarios by (3‑2). In the last 10 away matches La Equidad has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5.
In this competition, they have a sequence of 4 wins in the last matches. This is a team that has had a hard time trying to score first. They have opened up the score in only 3 of the last 15 matches, they have reached half‑time in front in 2 of those 3 matches and held on to the lead until the end of the 90′ in all of them. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 11 times but have turned the score around in 4.
La Equidad are aware of the difficult mission ahead, as they will face a very qualified team and will be away from home. To be able to surprise and win at least a draw, the La Equidad team will have to set up a strong defensive scheme, thus trying to counteract the attacking moves of the home team. However, it is important to go to the attack to try to score goals. The coach should go to the field with the best in his squad.