Caracas vs Athletico Paranaense in Copa Libertadores 2023 

Estadio Olímpico de la UCV will be the venue of the game between Caracas and Athletico Paranaense that will unfold on Tuesday, as part of the 1st round of the CONMEBOL Libertadores’ Group B. Both outfits have qualified for the group stage and didn’t have to play in any qualifiers.  

Estadio Olimpico Caracas
The caracas olympic stadium

The teams had two meetings back in 2018 and were part of the 1/8 finals of the Copa Sudamericana. Athletico Paranaense won in both with a combined score of 4:1. 

Caracas recorded a heavy 3:1 away loss in a clash against Junior of the Copa Libertadores on March 18th. The club is currently on a streak of two consecutive losses. During Caracas’s most recent ten encounters, the squads involved were not affected by playing at home or away, as they ended in a total of five triumphs for the hosts and three victories for the visitors.  

Only 2 of the outfit’s most recent ten matches finished in a draw. Three of Caracas’s last five meetings featured over two and a half goals, with both sides hitting the targets in two of them.  

 

They successfully maintained two clean sheets during these, and they failed to score in two battles on the pitch. Judging by the numbers, the team’s preceding five outings saw an average of 2.40 goals. 

Athletico Paranaense’s last match was against Sport Recife on Friday, and it finished in a 1:1 stalemate away from home. The outfit enjoys a streak of three games without a loss, recording two draws and one win during its most recent encounters.  

Playing at home turned out to be of little help across the ten previous Athletico Paranaense meetings as the hosting party recorded four victories and the traveling sides registered two triumphs.  

None of Athletico Paranaense’s five last clashes finished with more than two and a half goals, and one saw both sides finding the net. Athletico Paranaense managed to prevent their opponents from scoring on three occasions, and they failed to net goals on their own in three of those duels on the field.  

Goalkeepers had it relatively easy throughout the team’s recent five outings, as they had to pull the ball out of the nets just four times. 

Athletico Paranaense may not be enjoying their best form right now when the new Serie A season has not even started, and they might face issues with altitude in Venezuela. Nevertheless, it is hard to bet against them, knowing the apparent gulf in quality between these two teams. 

We can still see the value in backing the visitors to win at the 1.95 odds. Also, since Caracas scored just four goals in six Venezuelan Primera Division matches at the start of the season, we like the 2.20 odds offered for Athletico Paranaense to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.

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