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Unión Española will take to the pitch with visiting rivals Universidad Católica at Estadio Santa Laura in this Campeonato Nacional meeting on Friday.
Our Unión Española v Universidad Católica tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below (inc. the best betting odds).
Unión Española will play in this game following a 2-2 Campeonato Nacional tied result vs Palestino.
It’s not been often in recent times where Unión Española have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Rojos de Santa Laura have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 9 goals in the process.
In their last fixture, Universidad Católica drew 1-1 in the Campeonato Nacional tie with Curicó Unido.
A sequence of resolute displays from the Universidad Católica defensive players has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their last 6 outings combined. Over that same time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 8. We will find out whether or not that trend can be sustained here.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 26/02/2017 shows us that Unión Española have won 3 of these games & Universidad Católica 1, with the number of draws standing at 2.
An aggregate of 13 goals were scored between them in this period, with 7 of them from Rojos de Santa Laura and 6 netted by Cruzados. That’s an average goals per game of 2.17.
Team News: Unión Española
Unión Española boss Ronald Fuentes will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this game owing to a completely injury-free squad to choose from.
Team News: Universidad Católica
Católica manager Ariel Holan has a number of players out of action. César Munder (Sprained ankle), Juan Fuentes (Foot Injury), Edson Puch (Torn muscle bundle), José Pedro Fuenzalida (Sprained ankle), Alexander Aravena (Muscle bruise), Tomás Asta-Buruaga (Torn muscle bundle), Gastón Lezcano (Torn muscle bundle), Francisco Silva (Torn muscle bundle) and Germán Lanaro (Ruptured cruciate ligament) won’t be making appearances.
We’re thinking that Unión Española will need to apply a lot of pressure to register a score against this Universidad Católica team who we think might be able to grind out a win.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a narrow 0-1 win for Universidad Católica after 90 minutes.
It should be a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Santa Laura (19,000)
Captain: Diego Sánchez
Chairman: Santiago Perdiguero
Manager: Ronald Fuentes
Competitions: Campeonato Nacional position 3