Campeonato Petrobras 2013: Week Two Preview

The second week of action in the Torneo Trancisión gives us our first look at the new look Universidad de Chile whilst Cobreloa bid farewell to their stadium for the time being.

For the second week in a row Audax Italiano gets the round underway away from home on Friday night as they take on Universidad de Chile in the opening match of the weekend. For their opponents it will be new manager Dario Franco’s first match in charge in the Primera Division after their opening round match against Santiago Wanderers was cancelled amid great farce. For many it will provide an inkling of how La U post-Sampaoli look against Primera Division opposition.

The late game on Friday night sees Clausura champions, Huachipato take on a newly promoted side for the second consecutive week as they travel to the nation’s capital to take on Everton. Everton’s usual stadium, the Estadio Sausalito has been deemed unfit for Primera Division action so they play their first “home” game of the season at Audax Italiano’s Estadio Bicentenario Lucio Fariña. Both teams came off draws last week and will be more looking for the three points. Huachipato will be hoping for a change of fortune after they failed to capitalise on their amount of possession in their last match against San Marcos de Arica.

Saturday’s action kicks off at the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo as Universidad Católica look to make it two wins from two when they play host to fellow Santiguans, Palestino. Palestino, for their part will be looking for their first win and first goal of the season after they shared the spoils in a scoreless draw with Iquique. Católica’s defeated opponent in the opening round were O’Higgins and they are in action in the day’s next match as they host Santiago Wanderers, who will play their first match of the season due to the reasons explained earlier.

One of the impressive performers from the opening found were Unión Española and they will be looking to build on that start as they play host to Rangers in Saturday’s penultimate encounter. The two teams only met a couple of weeks ago in the Copa Chile quarter-finals, where la furia roja ran out comfortable 5-2 winners over two legs and will be hoping for a repeat performance.

Saturday’s final match sees a northern clásico of sorts as Cobresal travel to the Estadio Bicentenario Carlos Dittborn to take on San Marcos de Arica, who were lucky to take a point from a wasteful Huachipato. Meanwhile Cobresal will be looking to bounce back from their first up loss to Unión Española.

Last week’s most impressive performance was Cobreloa’s 5-2 thrashing of Colo Colo and they will look to continue their form against fellow northerners Iquique on Sunday afternoon. Iquique, who will be on a high after their qualification to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, will be looking for their first win after they shared the spoils in their opening round fixture. It will be the last match for Cobreloa in the Estadio Municipal de Calama for a while as the stadium undergoes renovations.

Being played at the same time as the aforementioned match is the encounter between Ñublense and Antofagasta with both teams keen to pick up their first wins of the season. The weekend’s action comes to its conclusion in the capital as Colo Colo look to bounce back from their last start thrashing at the hands of Cobreloa when they host Unión La Calera. The manner of the defeat for los albos was a tad embarrassing as they struggled with Omar Labruna’s tactics and their fans will be hoping for improvement come Sunday but come up against a La Calera side looking to build on their opening round win.

Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round two fixtures

U. de Chile vs. A. Italiano (Fri 19:30, Santa Laura)
Everton vs. Huachipato (Fri 22:00, Bicentenario Lucio Fariña)
U. Católica vs. Palestino (Sat 16:00, San Carlos)
O’Higgins vs. S. Wanderers (Sat 18:30, El Teniente)
U. Española vs. Rangers (Sat 21:00, Santa Laura)
SM Arica vs. Cobresal (Sat 22:00, Bicentenario Carlos Dittborn)
Cobreloa vs. Iquique (Sun 16:00, Municipal de Calama)
Ñublense vs. Antofagasta (Sun 16:00, Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún)
Colo Colo vs. U. La Calera (Sun 18:30, Monumental)

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