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In the Copa Libertadores, Velez Sarsfield will host Talleres for the opening leg of their quarterfinal match on Wednesday, resulting in another all-Argentine match.
The Buenos Aires team welcomes their Cordoban rivals to Estadio Jose Amalfitani in an attempt to snap a lengthy winless streak and gain a lead going into next week’s second leg after defeating River Plate in the round of 16.
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Velez Sarsfield are entering the most significant game of their season on a seven-game losing streak and are still searching for their first victory since beating River Plate in June.
That slender victory at home ultimately sufficed to secure a place in the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals for the first time since 2012 after a scoreless return leg against their capital rivals.
Velez have lost twice and drawn five times in that time, including a league match with River Plate. As a result of Saturday’s draw at Godoy Cruz, Velez are currently ranked 23rd out of 28 teams in the Argentine Primera Division.
Alexander Medina’s team will undoubtedly struggle to repeat their fifth-place performance from the previous year, which gained entry into the Libertadores, a competition the club has only ever won once, in 1994, with just one victory from 11 games in the league’s second round.
In addition, Velez allowed the most goals of any side that reached the knockout round this year. Velez narrowly advanced to the round of 16 in Group C by one point over Uruguay’s Nacional.
But despite their struggles in the league, they have advanced to the final eight of South America’s premier club competition.
Talleres defeated Colon, another Argentine team, 3-1 on aggregate to move to the quarterfinals for the first time in their century-long history. Talleres was ranked towards the bottom of the Primera Division and one position worse on goal difference than Wednesday’s hosts.
After snatching a draw in the first leg with to Alan Franco’s 87th-minute equalizer, which was earned compensation for their dominance at Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, the Albiazul prevailed in Santa Fe to advance.
With only one win since the start of June, most recently a draw with San Lorenzo, Pedro Caixinha, a former manager of Uniao Leiria and briefly of Rangers, has seen his team struggle in the league.
Talleres, a Cordoba team, has only suffered one loss in its first eight games after successfully holding the 2021 Libertadores runners-up Flamengo to a tie in the group round. This record should help them this next week because it is more encouraging than their inconsistent domestic performance.
Despite neither team having a stellar defensive record and conceding goals lately, Velez represents the greater offensive threat. The home team has a wide range of skilled options in the final third, so they should take a lead to Cordoba the next week.