Despite the defeat last weekend in the First A of Colombian football, Águilas Doradas has a great form that has it located in third position in the BetPlay League, and it is that it has only lost that game against Medellín (G3, E3). That same performance is what he hopes to transfer to the international arena where he also wants to be the protagonist in this, his sixth participation in the Copa Sudamericana, in which he has never gone beyond the previous phases.
Águilas has played seven games in 2023 and in five of them they have scored at least one goal, something that has happened in each of the three games they have played at home this season (G2, E1). On top of that, of their last ten official home games, they have only lost two but even better, they have won 60% of them (W6, D2, P2) and managed to score at least once in all of them. He also received at least one goal in half of them, so his attack will be what defines his performance in this game against Independiente Santa Fe.
Santa Fe continues to be a team under construction that is having a rather irregular start to the season with just one victory in six rounds of Colombian soccer (E3, P2). He will find this Copa Sudamericana as the opportunity to continue improving and forget his 3-2 defeat last weekend against Envigado, and he will return to Antioquia lands to face a rival against whom he knows how to score points — he has won two of his last five visits to Águilas (G2, E1, P2).
But the current state of form of Santa Fe does not invite optimism, since the Bogotá team only won one of the four games it has played as a visitor in this 2023 (E2, P1) and has only won three of the last ten official matches that has played away from home (E3, P4). In addition, the ‘Cardinal’ is a fragile team in defense, and it is that they have scored in eight of the last 10 games, conceding two or more goals in six of them.
Players to watch: 33% of Águilas’ goals in 2023 have been scored by Marco Pérez (three), who also scored both goals against Santa Fe in the 2-2 draw in the last clash between the two teams. For his part, veteran Wilson Morelo, who also scored a goal in that last match, is the most dangerous man on the visit, with two goals and one assist so far this season.
Notable fact: Goals by both teams have been registered in only three of the last ten official matches between Águilas Doradas and Santa Fe.