Second from bottom Defensor La Bocana host struggling Comerciantes Unidos in their eighth fixture of the “Clausura” phase of the Copa Movistar (Peruvian Primera Division) this Monday. Our free betting tips suggest that both teams will score in this match.
Defensor La Bocana vs Comerciantes Unidos Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Reason For Defensor La Bocana vs Comerciantes Unidos Betting Tips
Defensor La Bocana have had a poor campaign so far in the Clausura phase of the Copa Movistar (Peruvian Primera Division), they are the only team without a win over their opening 7 fixtures. Defensor La Bocana took 5 points away from these 7 matches (D5 L2), with both defeats being in matches away from home. Defensor come into this match off the back of 3 consecutive draws in league, including a solid 0-0 defensive performance away to league leaders Sport Huancayo. Defensor La Bocana will, however, be desperate to take more than just a draw away from this fixture as they stand 14th in the Peruvian Primera Division, just 1 point above Universidad San Martin and the relegation zone.
Comerciantes Unidos, similarly, have been struggling around the lower bottom half of the table since their promotion to the Primera Division in 2015. Unidos have taken 9 points from their 7 fixtures so far in the Clausura (W2 D3 L2) and are placed 12th in the overall league table, 7 points above the relegation zone and safety. They also head into this match unbeaten in 3 matches (W1 D2) with back to back 1-1 and 0-0 draws most recently.
Both Defensor La Bocana and Comerciantes Unidos opted for defensive lineups in their midweek fixtures, where both teams took home a point. Defensor La Bocana, however, will see this fixture as an opportunity they should take advantage of – Comerciantes Unidos have the 2nd worst away record in the league this season taking just 4 points from a possible 33 points on the road. Defensor La Bocana may not be the most impressive side, but they are undefeaten in 5 consecutive matches at home (W2 D3), which is likely thanks to the influence of the home field advantage in the Peruvian Primera Division. Playing at home is a much stronger advantage in South American leagues when compared around the world due to the hugely varying climates and altitudes between the locations of different teams. Comerciantes Unidos have, to their credit, scored at least one goal in 4 of their last 5 matches away from home and Defensor haven’t failed to score at home in any of their fixtures so far this season. Combining that analysis with the statistics below, we expect both teams to score to be the safe bet and a final score of a 1-1 draw at 11/2 with bet365 to be a top value correct score bet.
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Head to Head
Comerciantes Unidos won 4-1 at home in the one and only time the two sides have met previously.
Defensor La Bocana Team News
Core defender Gonzalo Maulella returned to the lineup for Defensor La Bocana last match having served his one match ban for a yellow/red sending off. Defensor decided on a more defensive 5-4-1 formation in their last fixture away to Deportivo Municipal but expect them to revert to 4-4-2 at home with Uruguayan Enzo Borges (12 goals in 21 appearances) partner Jesus Baylon (6 goals in 13 appearances) up front.
Comerciantes Unidos Team News
Comerciantes also opted for a more defensive/counter attacking style in their fixture against giants Universitario on Thursday. Expect a similar lineup to that played on Thursday with striker Carlos Perez (7 goals in 20 appearances) leading them forward.
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Defensor La Bocana vs Comerciantes Unidos Stats
82% of Defensor’s home matches, but only 27% of Comerciantes’ away matches, had over 2.5 goals scored in total.
Both teams have scored in 91% of Defensor’s home and 64% of Comerciantes’ away matches.
Comerciantes have not won away from home this season (D4 L7).