Deportes Tolima vs Academia Puerto Cabello Predictions

Deportes Tolima vs Academia Puerto Cabello predictions for Tuesday’s Copa Sudamericana clash. This match is only valid for the pride with both teams that have already been eliminated. Read on for our free match preview and betting tips. 

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Deportes Tolima vs Academia Puerto Cabello
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Deportes Tolima vs Academia Puerto Cabello Predictions

Clash of the Fallen Giants

Key Stats
– Deportes Tolima stand undefeated against Venezuelan teams, having secured a 2-0 victory over Puerto Cabello earlier in the competition.
– Academia Puerto Cabello risk becoming the first Venezuelan team to finish the Copa Sudamericana group stage without a point since its inception in 2021.
– Despite their continental struggles, Puerto Cabello lead the Venezuelan Primera Division with 35 points, hinting at a potential strong showing in the match for pride.

The final group stage battle of the Copa Sudamericana sees Deportes Tolima and Academia Puerto Cabello go head-to-head in a fiery encounter. Scheduled to take place at the Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro in Colombia on Tuesday, the teams have nothing but honour to play for, having lost their chances to proceed further in the tournament.

Deportes Tolima, fondly known as El Vinotinto y Oro, saw their tournament hopes dashed following a devastating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Sao Paulo on matchday five. On the other side, Puerto Cabello remains pointless in the tournament, having recently suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tigre.


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Deportes, making their first competition appearance since 2013, missed the knockout stage for the first time, failing to find the back of the net in their last three group fixtures. For the team’s manager, Juan Cruz Real, this campaign has been a significant disappointment. His side is currently struggling in the Categoria Primera table, sitting uncomfortably at the 13th position. Their poor performance has put them at risk of missing out on the knockout phase of the domestic competition for the first time since 2017.

Key Turning Points and Past Performances

On the second matchday of the Sudamericana, Deportes had a lead but failed to secure a victory, succumbing to Tigre after conceding two goals in a span of 12 minutes. A mere half an hour from victory, the Colombians lost 2-1. This game was a major turning point in their campaign; had they managed to maintain their 1-0 lead, they might still have a shot at progressing in the tournament. Historically, Deportes have held a strong record against Venezuelan opponents, even securing a 2-0 victory against Puerto Cabello in their opening group fixture of this tournament.

Deportes have shown defensive solidity in the past, conceding only twice in the opening four Sudamericana encounters before the blowout loss to Sao Paulo. In fact, this was the second consecutive campaign in which they gave up five or more goals against a Brazilian side, replicating their 7-1 fall against Flamengo in the Copa Libertadores last year.

As for Academia Puerto Cabello, their qualification for the group stage of the tournament  was a significant achievement. However, the Venezuelan side has experienced some turbulence navigating this stage of the competition. Their domestic success, led by manager Noel Sanvicente, who guided Caracas to the Venezuelan Primera Division title six times, has unfortunately not translated to continental triumphs.

On matchday five against Tigre, Puerto Cabello finally managed to score their first goal of the 2023 competition, albeit they still hold the record for netting the fewest goals among teams in the Sudamericana group phase this season. If they fail to secure a positive result in the upcoming clash, they risk becoming the first Venezuelan team to finish without a point since the group stage’s inception in 2021.

The Power of Pride

Despite their dismal performance on the continental stage, Academia Puerto Cabello show promise in the Venezuelan Primera Division, leading the pack with 35 points. The team has lost only once so far, positioning them to clinch a Copa Libertadores qualifying spot. This local success could fuel their desire to end their Copa Sudamericana campaign on a high note.

A Glimpse into the Future

Turning our attention towards our predictions, the upcoming match could provide an unexpected spectacle. With both teams out of the competition and only pride at stake, they may let loose and bring their attacking prowess to the fore. This implies that there could be more than 4.5 goals in the match which is available at a very generous boosted price with BetVictor.

A detailed analysis of the teams’ past performances, especially Deportes Tolima’s strong record against Venezuelan teams, suggests a possible 3-2 victory in favour of the Colombian side. This is based on their ability to score against Venezuelan opponents, and the defensive frailty of Puerto Cabello, who has conceded 11 goals in the competition so far.

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