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Lanus hosts Gremio as an underdog on Copa Libertadores futures

Club Atletico Lanus needs to find a quick remedy to their recent offensive woes as they prepare to take on Gremio Porto Alegrense in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday as +185 underdogs on the tournament futures.

El Granate have been blanked in three straight contests across all competitions going into Wednesday’s matchup at Estadio de Ciudad de Lanus – Nestor Diaz Perez.

Lanus fell 1-0 as +600 road underdogs in last week’s first-leg matchup with Gremio, and has now been outgunned by a 6-0 margin in three straight defeats. However, the Granate have enjoyed ample opportunity to prepare for Wednesday’s contest after a request to have Sunday’s Superliga matchup with Argentine league rivals CD Godoy Cruz postponed until after the completion of this year’s tournament.

Overall, Lanus has been shut out in five of six outings, but has performed well on home turf, winning four of its past five overall. The Granate has been particularly dominant in recent home dates during this year’s tournament, averaging three goals per game during a 5-0-0 run, capped by a stunning 4-2 win over River Plate in the second leg of their semi-final matchup. That success has contributed to the club’s position as +130 home chalk on the game line for Wednesday night.

With a 1-0 aggregate lead, the Imortal Tricolor enter the second leg as -250 favorites to claim their first Copa Libertadores title since 1995. Gremio followed up last week’s win by eking out a 1-1 draw with AC Goianiense as -143 home chalk on the Brazilian Serie A odds on Sunday afternoon.

However, Gremio has enjoyed its recent success under a cloud of suspicion after reports broke last week that the club has used drones to engage in spying on the training sessions of opposing clubs, including Ecuador’s Barcelona SC, and Godoy Cruz, whom they faced in Copa Libertadores action earlier in this year’s tournament.

The Imortal Tricolor own a respectable 4-2-1 record in their past seven outings across all competitions, and have produced ordinary results on the road, going 3-3-6 in their past 12 overall. The club has risen to the occasion in recent road matches at this year’s tournament, keeping clean sheets throughout a 2-1-0 run, and sits as a +245 underdog on the game line for Wednesday’s second-leg matchup.

 

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