Universitario will host arch rivals Alianza Lima in the Estadio Monumental for the 368th time in history of the Peruvian Clásico. This is a high stakes matchup since both clubs are sitting at 3 points in the Apertura table, eyeing on going ahead with a win today. After a disappointing loss vs Union Comercio last week, Universitario must turn things around against the arch rivals.
The possible starting XI would be similar to last week with Carvallo as goalkeeper; Cabanillas, Riveros, Di Benedetto, and Corzo at defense; Luis Urruti and Andy Polo at the wings; Jose Rivera, Rodrigo Ureña and Horacio Calcaterra at midfield; Alex Valera on top. Urruti was inactive last week as a precaution for today’s match, his presence is a must have in today’s important match since he was great leadership and IQ. Key subs would be Emmanuel Herrera, Piero Quispe, Martin Perez Guedes, Yuriel Celi, and Alexander Succar. With the stacked offensive subs, Universitario eyes on piling goals to win.
Alianza Lima is coming in to today’s match with a win last week vs Sport Boys. They are a team that you can’t make a mistake on. If the crema defense such as veterans Corzo and Riveros can lock up the Alianza attackers, then Universitario should have no problem. Key subs on defense would bo Hugo Ancajima and Piero Guzman. Guzman can possibly start tomorrow as he is coming off a red card suspension and maybe start as left back (Cabanillas’ knee issues could have him sidelined for tomorrow). The “U” has the speed of Andy Polo and Jose Rivera to take on the Alianza defense.
Universitario just needs to achieve what the they failed to do last week which was to capitalize on their opportunities. Alex Valera had perfect goal scoring opportunities but failed to complete them. If he could’ve scored those multiple chances, the “U” could’ve won the match in Tarapoto. Like matches before: if the “U” scores first, they control the game. This is their first home match of the year in front of fans (last home match was behind closed doors due to the Peru riots). The home crowd always helps and the full house crowd will make the stadium loud.
Kickoff will be at 3:30pm ET, 12:30 PT in the Estadio Monumental and the match will be broadcasted live on GOLPERU.
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