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One of the closest matchups in the first round of Copa Sudamericana group stages is the Cuiaba vs Melgar duel, so let’s take a closer look at this game and what we can expect from it.
Our free Cuiaba vs Melgar betting tips and predictions
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These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Cuiaba to Win
After a good season in which they surprisingly secured a spot in the Copa Sudamericana group stages, Cuiaba is now in good form with five wins in a row, although those wins happened against a weak competition in their regional championship.
In addition to this, Melgar has won their last three games in the Peruvian league, so they seem to be getting into form as well. Still, Cuiaba is playing at home and that could prove to be the deciding factor, at least in our opinion.
Cuiaba and Melgar to Draw at Half Time
As we hinted previously, we expect this to be a close duel. And while we do expect Cuiaba to win the match in the end, we don’t expect them to have an easy job against Melgar.
With that in mind, we can see the game being decided in the second half with the two teams tied at half time. So, our prediction is for Cuiaba and Melgar to draw at half time.
Under 2.5 Total Goals
While Cuiaba went over 2.5 total goals in four of their last five games, they did so against much weaker teams and they did most of the scoring.
We expect things to be different against a respectable opponent such as Melgar, who went under 2.5 total goals in four of their last five games in all competitions.
Cuiaba vs Melgar preview: Can the home team start the competition with a win?
Although Cuiaba didn’t have such a great last season and they were only fourteenth in the Serie A standings at the end, the team got into the Copa Sudamericana group stages thanks to Brazilian teams winning both continental competitions last season. In any case, Cuiaba will do their best to prove that they belong in this competition.
After finishing fifth in the aggregate standings in the Peruvian league last season, Melgar had to go through qualifications to get to the Copa Sudamericana group stages. They managed to eliminate Cienciano in that matchup. The team is also fifth in the standings in Peru at the moment and they’ve won their last three games in the league.
The best odds and key figures for Cuiaba vs Melgar
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The usual questions for Cuiaba vs Melgar
- Which team is the favourite? Cuiaba is the favourite at 8/15 (1.51) odds.
- When does the match begin? The match begins at 11:15 pm GMT on Thursday, April 7th.
- What is the venue of the game? The venue of the game is Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.