While the Copa Libertadores 2019 edition has the first round of its group stage this week, the Independiente, seven-time continental tournament champion, has to be content to make its Copa Argentina debut on Wednesday, March 6 . He will face the Atlas at the Libertadores de América stadium in Avellaneda, which earned that name precisely to recall his past glory in the competition, which has not won since 1984 and has recently had problems even to get the right to participate. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. (Brasília time).Played in a unique game, the competition follows the annual calendar, unlike the Argentine Championship that adopted the European style beginning in the second half of one year and finishing in the first of the other. Thus, puts face to face teams at different times of the season. In this first phase, the 64 participants will be reduced to 32. Only the winner advances. In case of a tie, the regulation provides for an extension of 30 minutes and the remaining the same the definition happens through the collection of penalties.
Last season, the most that Independiente got was a spot in the 2019 edition of the Copa Sudamericana, which also has already won. It was two victories, the most recent in 2017. It will make its debut on April 3, at home, against the Binational, Peru.By 2020, however, not even the vacancy in the ‘continental second division’ is assured. This is because the team is in free fall in the Argentinean Championship 2018/2019 edition. On Sunday, March 3, in La Plata, was beaten by Gimnasia by 1 to 0. It was his second consecutive defeat. The previous day had been overcome by Racing, at home, by 3 to 1.Staying in the 29 points (seven wins, eight draws and six losses), fell to eleventh place in the table of classification of Superliga Argentina. The tournament leads the first four places for Libertadores and the teams that are between the fifth and ninth places for Sula.With four games remaining, reaching the Libertadores block is out of the question. Atletico Tucumán, with 39 points, closes this squad. The South American is still an option. This block is closed by Union Santa Fé, ninth place, with 30 points.As the principal, the Independiente numbers are slightly better. In this regard, the team is ranked tenth among the 26 participants of the Argentine Championship. Of the 30 points played in his stadium, he won 17 (five wins, two draws and three losses) having scored 16 goals and conceded nine.For the meeting on Wednesday, the only loss due to injury is due to the midfielder Carlos Benavidez.
The Atlas is in the dispute of the Metropolitan D, which has Third Division status. Look for access to the First National B, the Second of the Argentine Championship. His most recent competition game was on Friday, March 1st. At home, was in the tie, by 2 to 2, with the CR Spanish. The duel was part of the nineteenth round of the qualifying round.The tournament takes first place straight to the next round and teams that finish between the second and ninth places still have the opportunity to fight for access in the playoffs. With 31 points (eight wins, seven draws and four losses), the Atlas is in third place. The difference for Argentino de Merlo, leader with one game less, is six points. Among them is the Argentino de Rosario, with 32 points.Its visitor performance, however, is far below average. In that ranking, it appears in the tenth place. Of the 27 points he played in column two, he won nine (two wins, three draws and four losses) having scored eight goals and conceded ten.
History of the matches
This will be the first match involving the teams in the competition.
Football Prediction of the Day Independiente vs Atlas
The Argentine Cup is the only way left for the Independiente to return to the dispute of the Libertadores. The tournament champion gains direct place in the group stage of the continental tournament. Although he has not obtained good results recently, the team has technical reserves so that the prognosis in his victory is indicated as the best option for Wednesday’s match for the first phase of the Argentine Cup.
Bet Tips: Independiente win