Bahia vs Independiente
EC Bahia hold onto their chances of advancing to the Copa Sudamericana’s round-of-16 after taking four points from the first six on offer. Last Tuesday, they haven’t found any difficulties in beating Bolivian side Guabira 5-0 at home. On Saturday, the team lost 1-0 at home to Ceara in the first leg of the Copa do Nordeste’s final. That defeat stopped an eight-game unbeaten streak of seven victories and one draw and a ten-match run without defeat at home (eight succeses, two stalemates).
Independiente are leaders in group B after winning the first two games in the Copa Sudamericana. Last Wednesday, they won 3-1 at home over Montevideo City Torque to make it six points. On Sunday, El Rojo lost 1-0 at home to Atletico Tucuman and put their playoffs chances in jeopardy: they are now fifth-placed in group B on 17 points, trailing Union Santa Fe in fourth by one with a single round to go. That defeat broke a four-game unbeaten run of three victories and one draw. On the road, Julio Falcioni’s men won only one of the last five, drawing one and losing three.
Independiente is so far perfect in this competition but next weekend they must win a league game to have a chance of advancing to the playoffs, so I can imagine this trip to Brazil won’t be that important for them.