Vasco opens this Wednesday, February 14, his campaign in the final phase of the qualifiers of the Copa America Qualifiers. Dispute with Jorge Wilsterman of Bolivia a place in the group stage of the 2018 edition of the tournament. In the stadium of São Januário, Rio de Janeiro, the match starts at 9:45 pm (Brasília time).
The duel is played in the round-trip system. The second match is scheduled for February 21 at the Estadio Olímpico Pátria. Whoever scores the most points guarantees survival in the competition. If there was a tie, goal balance and number of goals scored outside the home can be used as tiebreaker criteria.
Vasco’s recent performance
After a period of preparation complicated by the political difficulties faced by the club, Vasco achieved with surprising ease the success in the previous stage of the qualifiers. Facing Universidad de Concepción, he thrashed 4-0 in Chile. Then in São Januário, he confirmed the classification winning again, this time by 2 to 0.
The good debut in the Libertadores ended up compensating for the failure in the Guanabara Cup, the first round of the Carioca Championship. With just seven (two wins, one draw and two defeats) of the 15 possible points, Vasco was eliminated in the first round of the tournament.
Staying out of the semifinals had its benefit. Without commitments at the end of the week, coach Zé Ricardo was able to do better preparation for the match against Jorge Wilsterman. In the period, the board even presented a reinforcement for the 2018 season. Midfielder Giovanni Augusto, loaned by Corinthians, has already begun training with his new teammates.
However, it will not be available for departure this Wednesday. As he was not registered before the qualifiers, he will only be able to participate in the Copa Libertadores de América if Vasco gets a place in the next phase of the tournament.
The current form of Jorge Wilsterman
Jorge Wilsterman had a little more difficulty in surviving the first qualifying round of the Libertadores. In a national classic against Oriente Petrolero, he managed to open the lead by scoring 2-1 as a visitor. In his dominions, he tried to manage the front and ensure the passage with a 2-2 draw.
The dispute of a place in the Libertadores collaborated so that the equipment did not have a good start in the Bolivian Championship. In the first round, was thrashed by Bolivar by 5 to 1. In the second, at home, reacted and imposed his favoritism on the Destroyers also with thrashing. He scored 4-0. The three points put the team in third position in Group A.
History of the bouts between Vasco and Jorge Wilsterman
This will be the first match between teams.
Jorge Wilsterman usually gives a lot of headaches to his opponents when he plays in his domains. Helped by altitude, it imposes a fast pace of play risking many kicks from outside the area. It’s a completely different team when you act as a visitor. In that case, the biggest goal is not even victory, but to achieve a result that can be reversed in the return game.
Sticking the boom that must be mounted by the Bolivians is the main obstacle that Vasco must face on Wednesday. Pushed by his fans, he is able to succeed in this attempt and is therefore the best guessing option for the confrontation. It has a price of 1.40 in Bet365. Draw yields 4.33 and Bolivian victory multiplies the investment by 8.00. Quotes were in effect at 18:25 on 12/2/2018.