In search of a place in the Copa Libertadores qualifiers, Club Sport Emelec receives this Tuesday Independiente Petrolero at the Estadio Banco Pacifico – Capwell.
The visitors, who have yet to taste victory in the tournament, will only be playing for pride as they find themselves bottom of the Group A standings.
Emelec found themselves empty-handed again when they lost 1-0 to Universidad Católica in the Ecuadorian top flight last Saturday.
They have now lost each of their last three outings, conceding four goals and failing to score since a 1-1 draw with Barcelona SC on May 12.
They have now turned their sights to the Copa Libertadores, where they are currently third in Group A with five points from five games, two behind Deportivo Táchira in qualifying.
Independiente Petrolero, meanwhile, continued to struggle for form in the Bolivia Apertura Division as they were held to a goalless draw by Royal Pari Sion last time out.
They have now failed to win any of their last four outings in all competitions, drawing two and losing two in that span.
Independiente Petrolero head into Tuesday rooted at the bottom of the group standings after picking up just one point from five games.
Club Sport Emelec vs Independiente Petrolero head to head
This will be the second meeting between the two teams, their first encounter coming in the reverse fixture in April when the spoils were split in a 1-1 draw.
Guide to the Club Sport Emelec form: LLLDW
Guide to the Independiente Petrolero Form: LDDLW
Club Sport Emelec vs Independiente Petrolero Team News
Club Sport Emelec
Joao Rojas, Bruno Pitton, Marlon Mejía and Aníbal Leguizamón are all recovering from their injuries.
injured: Joao Rojas, Bruno Pitton, Marlon Mejía and Aníbal Leguizamón
Suspended: Jackson Rodriguez
The visitors come into the game in good health and with no suspension issues, giving manager Marcelo Robledo the luxury of a full squad at his disposal.
Club Sport Emelec vs Independiente Petrolero Predicted XI
Club Sport Emelec Predicts XI (4-4-2): Pedro Ortiz; Romario Caicedo, Joel Quintero, Eddie Guevara, Angel Gracia; Bryan Carabali, Dixon Arroyo, Sebastian Rodriguez, Edgar Lastre; Alexis Zapata, Alejandro Cabeza
Independiente Petrolero Predicted XI (4-3-3): Hugo Ayala; Martin Chiatti, Francisco Silva, Emerson Velasquez, Juan Rioja; Robin Ramires, Mijail Aviles, William Velasco; Jhasmani Campos, Jose Correa, Leonel Buter
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Club Sport Emelec vs Independiente Petrolero Prediction
Independiente Petrolero have endured a dismal Copa Sudamericana campaign so far, picking up just one point from five matches and conceding 19 goals in that span. We’re backing the hosts to stop their slump and come away with all three points to keep their qualifying hopes alive.
Prediction: Club Sport Emelec 2-0 Independiente Petrolero