It’s the second week of action in the Argentina Primera Division, which opens up with the first of its two championship tournaments: the Apertura.Independiente is hosting Velez Sarsfield Monday night at the Libertadores de América in Avellaneda in what is expected to be yet another tight match between the pair.
Both teams each have an Apertura title in their trophy case, but that was a long time ago and last season Velez finished in a wild four-way tie for second in the standings behind dominant champions Boca Juniors.
Independiente finished only four points behind, which was good enough for eighth, but it really dropped the ball during the closing tournament, the Clausura, in which it ended up 16th of 20 teams.
In their first games of the season last week, Independiente was held to a disappointing 0-0 at home against Newell’s Old Boys while Velez romped over Argentinos Juniors with a 3-0 home win.
32-year-old defender Sebastián Domínguez was in top form for Velez as he scored a pair of goals and was named man of the match for his performance.
Independiente has not beaten Velez in any competition since 2007, a streak lasting 10 matches. As a result, bookies have the home side as underdogs with a listing of 2.87 to win.
Velez is being offered at 2.30 and, with a 4-1-1 record on the road, could be a tempting selection.
However, the draw seems to be provide the best bang for your buck in the outright selections considering that these teams have played to draws the last four times that Independiente has hosted. You can have the tie at 3.00.
The under 2.5 also appears to be something to consider, as both teams have only generated three or more goals three times in their last 11 meetings with one another, while their rate of games hitting three or more goals are both under 38%. The under can be had at 1.80.
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