Jose Sand’s goal allowed Lanus to take a big step towards the Copa Sudamericana’s final, which would be their fourth across the last decade in continental action. Of course, they still need to avoid the defeat at home. On Saturday, Luis Zubeldia’s alternative XI beat Rosario Central 2-0 at their own stadium in their last domestic game of the season to make it eight points in five games in the losers’ stage. El Granate suffered a single defeat in their last eight games in all competitions, winning four and drawing three. At home, they are on five without defeat, having registered three successes and two draws.
Meanwhile, Velez Sarsfield will have to reverse the score to return to a continental final, which they haven’t accomplished since 1997. On Saturday, the alternative line-up was enough to beat Godoy Cruz 3-2 at home. That result allowed them to clinch the first spot in the losers stage’s group B and the side will be involved in the Fase Complementacion’s final, most likely facing Rosario Central next Saturday. El Fortin won five and lost two of their last seven competitive games, but they are unbeaten in the last eight on away turf (winning five and drawing three).
I also expect goals here, last week’s 0-1 should have had more goals and now Velez in this must-win situation will go for it leaving Lanus’ solid attack space for counters.