Universitario vs Cienciano match preview: A win and we’re number 1

Universitario hosts Cienciano again this time for the rescheduled Liga 1 match day 1 tonight. With key stars like Jose Carvallo, Alex Valera, & Andy Polo out due to international duty, Universitario will play with a similar lineup as last match. One important note coming into tonight’s match is that if the “U” wins, they’ll be number 1 in the Apertura table.

Universitario is coming an off a hard-fought win vs ADT last Saturday with goals scored by Luis Urruti & Emmanuel Herrera. Both stars as well as important midfielders such as Piero Quispe & Horacio Calcaterra will be on the field tonight. The cremas need to utilize a similar playbook from the duel earlier this month in the Copa Sudamericana. Lockdown defense, capitalize on attacks and no mistakes are the keys to win this match again vs Cienciano.

Cienciano is coming off a 3-1 win vs Union Comercio and sit 10th place in the Apertura table. The Cusco club will be without former crema star Alberto “Chiquitin” Quintero due to international duty.

A win will the “U” at 1st place by two points ahead of current leaders Deportivo Garcilaso & Cesar Vallejo. Kickoff will be at 8:30pm Peru time (9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT) at the Estadio Monumental in front of over 40,000 crema fans.

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