Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Copa newcomers Cutuca have been the surprise packet of the competition and arrive in Uruguay with a 2-0 lead from the first leg.

Nacional looked strong in that game for the first 30 minutes, dominating proceedings, until the match was turned on it's head, when the visitors were reduced to 10 men. They then set out their stall to hold on to what they had, but conceded two late goals.

The hosts have a fine tradition in this competition and have performed well at home this year, winning all four home starts, scoring 9 goals. They are fielding an adventurous line up and are likely to start with 3 strikers, no real problems, two players did not train yesterday, but will be in the squad today.

I have no doubt that Nacional are the better side and they concede very few goals at home, it will be difficult, but the tie is not yet lost. The visitors will, no doubt, have ten men behind the ball and will, of course, settle for a one goal loss, under the circumstances and given the relative strengths of the two teams, I make Nacional a sound wager.

5 points Nacional -1/2 ball 1.92 asian line. -5 pts

Good Luck.

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