Match Time：1/8/2021 08:30 Friday (GMT+8)
Guido Mainero is suspended for Iquique, while Rafael Caroca is out due to a knee injury.
Universidad Catolica won’t have Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, but they should get two huge returns in Gaston Lezcano and Fernando Zampedri. Edson Puch is doubtful due to injury.
Suspended: Guido Mainero
Injured/Unavailable: Rafael Caroca (knee)
Doubtful: Edson Puch (foot)
Injured/Unavailable: Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (muscular), German Lanaro (anterior cruciate ligament), Tomas Astaburuaga, Cesar Munder, Francisco Silva (all leg)
MAIN PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Iquique are undoubtedly trending in the wrong direction and enter this game following a 1-0 away loss against Everton VM – that pushed their losing run to two games while also meaning they’ve won just once over their last eight league contests. Iquique have been struggling upfront all season long and the numbers do not lie, as they’ve netted just 26 goals across 25 games. They own a W5, D3, L5 mark at home this season, though.
Universidad Catolica were extremely depleted in their previous league match but that didn’t stop them from securing a comfortable 3-0 home win over Huachipato, and that means they now hold a four-point lead at the top of the standings prior to the start of the round. Universidad Catolica have been the better side in the league and the numbers back that up – they own the best attack (55 goals scored) and the tied best defence (25 goals conceded).
Universidad Catolica might be playing on the road here, where they’re not as dangerous, winning 6, drawing 4 and losing 2 in the league, but that shouldn’t stop them from securing the three points against a lowly Iquique side.
HEAD TO HEAD
The recent H2H record between both sides indicates an edge for Universidad Catolica, as they have lost just once of their last five league matches against Iquique (W3, D1 and L1).