Union Santa Fe is back in the Copa Sudamericana after their debut last year and will seek to go through the first round this time. They qualified after finishing in eighth spot in the league table last season. Last weekend, the team lost 3-1 away at Estudiantes, which stopped a three-game unbeaten run of two victories and one draw. El Tatengue is now languishing in 17th spot of the Superliga rankings on 23 points. At home, Union won their last two matches over Huracan and Argentinos Juniors.
Atletico Mineiro, who was 13th in the Brazilian league table in 2019, will start their ninth campaign in this competition after arriving to the semi-finals last year. Last Saturday, boss Rafael Dudamel rotated his players and O Galo drew 1-1 at home with third-tier club Tombense to make it eight points in the first four rounds regarding the Minas Gerais State Championship. Atletico Mineiro claimed a single win in their last 15 away matches, drawing seven and losing seven.
For this game, they will miss several injured players, including Juan Cazares and Romulo Otero. Matheus Mendes and Guga are involved in the Pre-Olympic Tournament and will miss out.
Two irregular sides will clash on Thursday but the visitors have some important missings and Union could take advantage of this.