Deportes Iquique vs Gremio Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Deportes Iquique vs Gremio Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Deportes Iquique

2017-05-03
23:30
Estadio Zorros del Desierto

VS

Gremio

Chileans Deportes Iquique face off with Brazilians Gremio in Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores action. A win would for the visitors would see them through to the last 16. Read on for our preview, tip and predictions.

Deportes Iquique VS Gremio Predictions

Full Time: 2 - 1

Both Team To Score Tip: YES
win

Reason For Deportes Iquique VS Gremio Betting Tips

Gremio have the chance to wrap up a last 16 spot here with a game to spare. Meanwhile the clash really is make or break for Deportes Iquique; a win could see them in the second qualification spot by the end of the night, but a loss could leave them totally eliminated.

Iquique had been struggling to transcend excellent domestic form onto the continental scene but have pulled themselves back into contention with back to back wins over Venezuelan cannon fodder Zamora. Said triumphs leave them with 6 points from 4 games, after an opening round loss at ‘home’ to Guarani and a 3-2 loss at their opponents here, Gremio. ‘Home’ isn’t quite home for them in the Libertadores this season, with Cobreloa’s Estadio Zorros del Desierto being utilised instead, four hours away from their usual stadium, which is too small to host continental games.

Meanwhile Gremio’s 4-1 win over Guarani only served to further assert their dominance over the group. They’ve taken 10 points from 12 and have looked very strong. While a win would be welcome here they have plenty of room for error, with an easy game on paper to come in the last round, at home to the aforementioned Zamora. Full focus can be put into the tie, with Serie A action not set to restart until the weekend after next.

The last game between the two was a real cracker. Gremio raced into a 3-0 lead but were pulled back to 3-2 in the second half as the Chileans started to apply pressure. Iquique do not possess the same overall quality as their opponent here but nonetheless have been playing above themselves all season, sitting just 1 point from the summit of the Chilean top flight.

Their games have been far from short of entertainment, with both sides having found the net in their last 6 games, and an average of 4.33 goals being scored within them. Gremio’s last 5 have also seen both nets found and given the circumstances in which this one will be played in, it’s hard to oppose both those runs being extended.

It will be a straight shootout between Iquique and Guarani in the last round for a last 16 spot if the hosts can grab the win here. That should see them playing on the front foot, and with a possibly weakened defence through injury, attack may have to be the best form of defence. Equally Gremio will undoubtedly be playing for the win that would get the job done and eliminate the tiny fear that they could chuck away qualification. Despite both sides chasing the win, we see that cancelling them out as they play out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Head To Head

Last month's 3-2 Gremio win was the first ever meeting between the two sides.

Deportes Iquique VS Gremio Stats

An average of 4.33 goals a game have been scored over Deportes Iquique's last 6, with both sides finding the net in each. Both sides have also found the net in Gremio's last 5.

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