Libertad hosts Racing Club to kick off Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals
Two sides struggling to produce wins will clash on October 24 when Club Libertad plays host to Racing Club de Avellaneda in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana quarter-final matchup.
Paraguay’s Libertad is coming off a 2-1 loss to Nacional Ascuncion in a Division Profesional matchup 10 days ago to fall to 1-2-3 in its past six matches across all competitions going into its game at Estadio Dr. Nicolas Leoz in Ascuncion, Paraguay.
However, Libertad has produced consistent results in recent home dates, posting wins in three of its past four including a pair of clean sheet victories, and has not surrendered a goal in its past two tournament contests on home turf.
Racing Club rides a six-match unbeaten streak in tournament contests, but struggled to produce offense in its Round of 16 matchup with Corinthians, which ended in a 1-1 aggregate draw with Racing Club getting the nod on away goals.
Quarter-final action continues the following day with an all-Brazilian affair as CR Flamengo plays host to Fluminense FC in the first leg of their matchup.
Fluminense rides a four-match losing streak across all competitions, and has been held goalless in its past two outings, a pair of 1-0 losses to Gremio and Palmeiras in Serie A action. The Tricolor also dropped a 2-1 decision to LDU Quito in its last tournament outing, but advanced to the quarter-finals on the strength of away goals.
Goal scoring has also been a problem for Flamengo, which was blanked in its past two outings including a 1-0 loss to Ponte Preta in a Serie A clash last week. However, the Rubo-Negra have filled the net in recent Copa Sudamericana outings, crushing Chapecoense 4-0 in their Round of 16 second-leg clash, and have outscored opponents by a 14-2 margin during their current 3-1-0 run at the tournament.
Nacional Ascuncion hopes to maintain its four-match win streak as it prepares for an October 25 first-leg matchup with CA Independiente. La Academia have outscored opponents by a 5-2 margin during a 3-1-0 run, and have also shut down opposing shooters in recent tournament matchups, including a 2-0 aggregate win over Estudiantes during the Round of 16.
Independiente has lost three of four overall, including a pair of clean sheet defeats, but is an impressive 4-1-1 in its past six tournament outings.
First leg action in the Copa Sudamericana quarter-final wraps up on October 26, when Colombia’s CD Popular Junior visits Brazil’s Sport Rectife. Junior is unbeaten in five matches overall, while Sport Rectife is currently mired in a dismal 1-3-7 slide across all competitions.