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LDU Quito vs Botafogo Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
10 April 2024, 13:46

In another match of the Copa Libertadores group stage, LDU Quito will host Botafogo at Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado. Both teams are representing Group D, where they are fighting for entering the playoffs alongside Junior Barranquilla and Universitario De Deportes. Both teams were unsuccessful in the first group day, losing their matches. LDU Quito lost to Universitario De Deportes (2-1), while Botafogo was outclassed by Junior Barranquilla (3-1), losing 3-0 in the first 40 minutes of the game. The teams met twice during the group stage of Copa Sudamericana last year, where in both cases, the final score was 0-0. In this instance, however, it is unlikely that the teams will leave the pitch goalless.

LDU Quito vs Botafogo Preview 

LDU Quito Preview

LDU Quito successfully started the campaign in Ecuadorian Serie A, having 12 points after 5 games, with four wins and one loss. The Copa Libertadores group stage, however, began with a loss to Universitario, where after securing an advantage in the first half, Ecuadorians conceded twice in the second. There is still plenty of time to score points and get to the playoff stage but the display shown in the match against Universitario was far from what was expected from the Copa Sudamericana winners and champions of Ecuador last season. In the upcoming match, however, Ecuadorians will enjoy the advantage of the home field, Casa Blanca, where LDU had only one loss in the last 13 matches, with another 12 matches having been won. 

Botafogo Preview 

Botafogo was considered among the favourites for a successful group stage run, given the team’s display in the Carioca championship and a decent game in qualification. However, Junior Barranquilla crushed Brazilians, leading 3-0 at the end of the first half, with Botafogo managing to score only once at the very end of the first period. It is unclear whether Fabio Matias’s men underestimated the opponent or simply did not expect that display from Junior, but the Brazilian coach emphasised that in the upcoming match fans will see a different game. This positive aspect is upheld with Botafogo’s away statistics - 7 matches without losses, 5 which were won.

Betting Tips for LDU Quito vs Botafogo

Alex Arce to Score At Any Time

Alex Arce is currently the best goalscorer in LDU Quito, with 8 goals in 5 Apertura matches. He was close to scoring a goal in the first match of the group stage against Universitario and will likely have chances against Botafogo. With a hat trick over Imbabura and and the decisive goal over El Nacional, the 28-years old Paraguayan is ready to take his team to the three points. Unibet gives 2.05 for this LDU Quito vs. Botafogo prediction.

Total Goals Over 2.5

Unlike the teams’ clashes in Copa Sudamericana last year, both teams approach the new season with more attacking play and natural for the beginning of the season inconsistencies in defensive build-up. LDU Quito’s last 6 consecutive matches saw more than 2 goals while in Botafogo’s case, this happened in 7 out 9 instances. Given these statistics, and the desire of both to score three points, it is unlikely that the match will end without goals. LDU Quito vs. Botafogo odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.81.

Total Corners Over 9.5 

Both teams are playing quite aggressive football especially when it comes to the necessity of getting points. Both teams eagerly resort to corners and flanking games which is reflected in the statistics. As the group stage has only just started, it is more appropriate to look at the domestic championships to understand the numbers. Botafogo, during its matches in Carioca tournament, had an average of 5.2 corners per game, while the average numbers of LDU Quito in Serie A are 5.4. For this LDU Quito vs. Botafogo tip, Unibet gives 1.79. 

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