Caracas x Huracan
Hopefully it will be third time lucky for me with Huracan. As I stated in my preview of the first leg, I believe Huracan is a superior team to Caracas. They come into this second leg with a 1-0 lead and big ambitions to achieve something in the Libertadores after last season's great showing in the Copa Sudamericana.
Caracas will put up a good fight for sure because they have nothing to lose. But I think Huracan will be too strong for them, and compared with the first leg where Caracas defended for the whole 90 minutes, this time they will be forced to be more offensive, and that could leave them exposed. I also don't believe Huracan will simply sit back and try to defend, because if they can snatch an early goal the tie will be as good as over. As such, I believe Huracan could well score on the counter attack and maybe sneak a win here.
One worry is that the last time Huracan played in Venezuela, in last year's Libertadores, they fell 3-0 to Mineros de Guayana in their final group stage match and that meant they were eliminated. That was probably a case of nerves more than anything, but Huracan's experience in the Sudamericana last season suggests they've matured and learned from that experience. They were unbeaten away from home in the Sudamericana last season, and played some much tougher opponents than they're facing today.
Caracas will be without captain Miguel Mea Vitali, but no other important missings for them. Meanwhile Huracan wlecomes back attacker Ramon 'Wanchope' Abila, who was suspended for the first leg.
Caracas : Wuilker Fariñez; Jefre Vargas, William Diaz, Giacomo Di Giorgi, Rubert Quijada; Over Garcia, Robert Garces, Ricardo Andreutti, Evelio Hernandez Robert Hernandez; and Armando Maita.
Coach: Antonio Franco.
Hurricane : Marcos Diaz; José San Román, Hugo Nervo, Federico Mancinelli, Luciano Balbi; Mauro Bogado, Matías Fritzler; Patricio Toranzo, Daniel Montenegro, Gamarra Romero; and Ramon Abila.
Coach: Eduardo Dominguez.
I'll take the asian 0 handicap so we get our money back in case of a draw