This Thursday at the Atanasio Girardot the first big game of the BetPlay 2023-I League will be played. The two champions of the Copa Libertadores, Atlético Nacional and Once Caldas, will show their new chips for this season and will want to stomp from the start. In 2019, both clubs also began the campaign facing each other in Medellín. On that occasion, the tie was imposed on the pitch.
Atletico Nacional vs. Once Caldas
Atlético Nacional arrives with a strange atmosphere in the stands. The fans are not satisfied, but the transfer market has been positive, sJoining players like Cristian Zapata, Sergio Mosquera and Nelson Deossa. Paulo Autuori has yet to win since his return and the club’s goal is to qualify at eight, something that was not achieved in the most recent semester of the BetPlay League.
Nacional added seven new faces, but Francisco Da Costa, the star signing, will not be available due to a medical issue which pulled it out of the boot. Jefferson Duque, who has already exceeded 100 goals with the green, would start, something that does not fully convince the fans, recalling his missed penalty on the last date of 2022 against La Equidad by Alexis García. Kevin Mier will be in the portico and Dorlan Pabón will most likely do it in offense.
According to you aim League BetPlaythe local has the advantage:
The last time Nacional hosted Once Caldas at the Atanasio Girardot, those from Manizales drew a draw in the first half of 2022. The most recent victory for the greens against Once Caldas at home, speaking for Liga BetPlay, was in 2021-II when Jefferson Duque and Andrés Andrade sealed a good 2-0 for Alejandro Restrepo’s men. In the BetPlay Cup, Nacional won 3-0 last year in the round of 16.
Once Caldas travels to Medellín with several of his reinforcements for this 2023, a team that was also put together to qualify and fight for the league title this semester. Among those new faces of Diego Corredor are Luis Miranda, Dayro Moreno, Sherman Cárdenas, David Lemos and Jhon Pajoy. On offense, the albo was one of the best reinforced in Colombian soccer, something that will be revalidated during the league campaign.
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The issue is that Once Caldas has not won at the Atanasio Girardot against Atlético Nacional since 2015, on that occasion with a goal by Marlon Piedrahita and an own goal by Francisco Nájera to go to Manizales with a 1-2 in favor. That green team was led by Reinaldo Rueda, a team that would later win the Colombian league title in 2015-II against Junior de Barranquilla.
Once Caldas is not a team that usually wins against Atlético Nacional as a visitor, but in general it is a very even match between the two continental champions. At Atanasio, the tendency is to see a game with few goals and well played until the last minutes. Yes, the background in Medellín favors Atlético Nacional, a team that suffers and is forced to wear itself out in order to find victory against those from Manizales.
Betting Atletico Nacional vs. Once Caldas
For this BetPlay League commitment, The recommendation is to bet on the victory of Atlético Nacional, beyond the fact that the last direct confrontation against Once Caldas ended in victory for Diego Corredor’s men in the Palogrande of Manizales. The last three games at the Atanasio have left a balance of two wins and a draw in favor of the green team, which also did not receive any goals.
The issue of goals: as stated above, Nacional and Once Caldas don’t usually do much damage, but in the last five games there has been a winner in four of them, so the market advantage is usually small. The recommendation is to bet on less than 2.5 goals, since of the last five direct matches, only one has been scored by both clubs.