Cruzeiro vs Universidad Católica prediction and betting tips - May 31, 2024
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Cruzeiro vs Universidad Católica prediction and betting tips - May 31, 2024

Tournament: Copa Sudamericana
Location: Governador Magalhaes Pinto
Match date: 31.05.2024

On May 31, 2024, in the 6th round of the Copa Sudamericana group stage, Cruzeiro will face Universidad Católica. A victory for the Brazilian team would see them overtake their opponent for the top spot in the final group standings.

Key Statistics and Trends:

  • Cruzeiro has won their last two matches in the tournament.
  • Universidad Católica remains unbeaten in the Copa.
  • Cruzeiro wins the first half in 30% of their matches, while Universidad Católica does so in 39%.

Cruzeiro - Form Analysis: Showing Good Football This Year

The "Foxes" returned to Brazil's Serie A in 2023, finishing 14th, which was enough to secure a place in the Copa Sudamericana. Their journey in the tournament will continue. They started with draws against Universidad Católica, Alianza, and Unión La Calera. However, they then defeated the Colombian team away and the Chilean team at home, pulling ahead of both. If they continue this momentum, they can secure the top spot.

Universidad Católica - Form Analysis: Excelling in the Copa

The "Blue Train" from Quito should not be confused with their more famous Chilean namesakes. This team plays in Ecuador and hasn't achieved significant success even domestically. Therefore, their current performance in the Copa Sudamericana has been a pleasant surprise. To qualify, they defeated Técnico Universitario 3-0. After starting with a goalless draw against the Brazilian side, they won three consecutive matches. Slowing down a bit, they only managed a draw at home against Petrolera in the last round. Despite this, they maintained their lead in the group after the 0-0 draw.

Cruzeiro: Team News

Gabriel Veron remains sidelined.

Universidad Católica: Team News

Martínez was sent off at the end of the previous match.

Predicted Starting Lineups:

Cruzeiro (possible lineup): Anderson - Marlon, João Marcelo, José Ivaldo, William - Barreto, Romero, Lucas Silva - Arthur, Rafael Silva, Matheus Pereira

Universidad Católica (possible lineup): Romo - Layan Manuel Loor Requelme, Grillo, Minda, Vallesilla - Rodriguez, Clavijo, Nieto, Mauro Díaz, Fajardo - Díaz

Previous Matches

The mentioned goalless draw in early April was the first meeting between these clubs.

Free Prediction for Cruzeiro vs. Universidad Católica on May 31:

All the advantages lie with the home team. They should win even with a -1.0 goal handicap (odds – 1.86).