Nacional Asunción vs. Palestino Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
4 March 2024, 13:11

For the first leg of this two-matches battle, the teams will meet in Paraguay, at Estadio Arsenio Erico. Both teams never met before in the head to head matches, so there might be an interest from the both sides given the teams’ credentials in their local championships. Nacional Asunción won Primera División in Paraguay for 9 times, while currently being placed 10th. At the same time, Palestino won the Chilean Primera Division twice, and recently started the campaign for another title, placed 8th after two matches. Both teams place high hopes for the Copa Libertadores qualification as it is the most prestigious tournament of the New World.

Nacional Asunción vs. Palestino Preview 

Nacional Asunción Preview

In the previous round of qualification, Nacional confidently cruised over Colombian Atletico Nacional. In the first match, paraguayans had a minimal win (1-0), while in Colombia Juan Pablo Pumpido’s team managed to secure a confident 3-0 advantage. Despite that the situation in the championship is far from being perfect (Nacional has only 5 points after 7 matches), the team places high hopes on the Copa Libertadores, given the fans memories from the last decade. In 2014, Asuncion became the second Paraguayan team to reach the finals of Copa Libertadores after Olimpia. After this, fans place high hopes on every Copa Libertadores campaign.

Palestino Preview 

Palestino played the previous round of qualification against Venezuela Portuguesa, and won both legs with the same 2-1 score. The team has just begun its campaign in Chilean Primera Division, and after two matches is 8th, with 3 points scored. The team has never claimed any success in Copa Libertadores, with the most huge success happening in 1979, when Palestino reached semifinals. Since then, the team did not advance further than the group stage, and the goal for this campaign is initially the same - to reach the group stage. The team is well-aware that the match against Nacional is decisive for this early part of the season, and the head coach, Vitamina Sánchez, confirmed that the goal is to secure advantage in Paraguay amid the second leg match at home.

Betting Tips for Nacional Asunción vs. Palestino

Both Teams to Score

Both teams have never met in official matches, but as evident from their previous performance, both Nacional and Palestino perform well in attacking play. Having scored 4 goals each in the previous round of qualification, both are eager to advance to the group stage and will try to ease the burden of the two-legs round by winning the first. It is also the beginning of the season for the teams and the defensive lines are not well-established; that is why the goals from both sides can be well-expected. Unibet gives 1.92 for this Nacional Asunción vs. Palestino prediction.

First to Score - Nacional Asuncion

Paraguyanis have advantage of playing at the home ground and in addition to it has a favourable statistics of scoring first in the last 4 out of 5 matches. The desire of Palestino to start the match actively, as indicated by the team’s coach, can potentially lead to the free spaces on the flanks which can be well-exploited by quick Nacional players. Given these factors, there is a high possibility that Nacional will be the first on the scoresheet. Nacional Asunción vs. Palestino odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 2.04.

Goal In Both Halves

While the winner of this round is hard to determine, both teams place high expectations on the first match in Paraguay and aim to score. Given that, in general, both teams do not have problems with attacking lines (especially given such players as Diego Duarte (3 goals) and Rodrigo Arevalo (2 goals)), the chances will come in any of the half of the upcoming clash. Unibet gives 1.92 for this Nacional Asunción vs. Palestino tip.

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