Penarol vs. Nacional Match Analysis and Prediction

Uruguayan outfit Penarol welcomes fellow rivals Nacional in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana last 16 ties. The match schedules for Friday at the Estadio Campeon del Siglo, with kickoff at 3:30 am.

The first leg saw the home side take a 2-1 advantage at Montevideo. A win this Friday will see them progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

It was a built-up momentum for Penarol, especially after losing out 2-0 to Uruguayan Apertura  earlier this month. However, the side got a taste of revenge last week in the first leg with three curucial points against their rivals.

Coach Mauricio Larriera is not over the moon yet, especially after failing to keep a clean sheet in the game. It took a 95th effort by Gonzalo Bergessio to pull one back for their opponents. Therefore, their tie is still alive with a lot riding on it.

First, Penarol – five-time winners of the Copa libertadores- have failed to progress past the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals. However, they still fancy their chances of progressing to the last eight.

On the other hand, Nacional failed to advance past the Copa Libertadores group stages. A loss this Friday will see them drop from their second continental tournament this season. However, it is not all doom given a one-goal deficit within their reach.

Penarol vs Nacional Head to Head

Both sides have 46 games against each other, with Penarol taking 15 wins while Nacional with 13 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:

Home

  • Nacional 1-2 Penarol
  • Penarol 2-0 Cerrito
  • Nacional 2-0 Penarol
  • Penarol 1-1 Villa Espanola
  • Montevideo 0-1 Penarol

Away

  • Nacional 1-2 Penarol
  • Montevideo 3-0 Nacional
  • Nacional 2-0 Penarol
  • Rentistas 1-1 Nacional
  • Nacional 3-0 Montevideo

Penarol Team News

Trio Nicolas Schiappacasse, Martin Correa, and Cristian Olivera are unavailable for selection with knee, muscle, and stomach injuries, respectively. Goalkeeper Kevin Dawson will nod to start between the sticks with ten clean sheets in 19 appearances. Attacker Alvarez Augustin sets to lead the attacking line with eight goals from nine appearances.

Nacional Team News

We expect a few tweaks in the starting lineup this week. Armando Mendez is likely to step in to replace Mathias Labardo at right back. In addition, Christian Almeida will deputize Camilo Candido at the left back.

Prediction and Odds

We envisage an open game with both sides contending for a win to advance to the quarter-finals.

  • Penarol Win
  • Goals Over 1.5
  • Double Chance

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