Campeonato Petrobras 2013: Week Four Preview

Round four of the Torneo Transición sees the first clásico of the season whilst the likes of Universidad Católica, Cobreloa, Everton and San Marcos de Arica will be looking to maintain their unbeaten starts to the season.

The weekend’s first match is sure to be an emotionally charged affair as O’Higgins take to the field for the first time following the death of sixteen of their fans in a bus crash following their last round match versus Huachipato. O’Higgins, who have won their last two matches, will host Palestino who themselves are yet to pick up a win this season.

Friday’s next match is the first clásico of the season with Unión Española taking on Audax Italiano in the clásico de colonias in the Estadio Santa Laura. La furia roja come into the match off the back of an impressive 3-0 demolition of Universidad de Chile whilst Audax failed to defeat San Marcos de Arica despite having a man advantage for close to an hour and are yet to pick up the three points so far this season.

Everton in their return to the Primera Division have passed every test that has come their way so far but they don’t get much bigger than Universidad de Chile in Saturday’s opening match. Los azules, who are struggling to adapt to life under new manager Dario Franco, will be still smarting from last week’s loss to Unión Española but will take some heart from their midweek triumph over Venezuelan side Deportivo Lara in the Copa Libertadores.

Another team in action during the week in the Libertadores were Iquique and they will be looking to put their 2-1 loss at the hands of Uruguayan giants, Peñarol as they travel down south to take on Unión La Calera. Both teams come into the match off the back of Primera Division, wins with Iquique getting their first win of the season against Colo Colo whilst La Calera defeated Santiago Wanderers in a seven goal thriller. With los dragones celestes having one eye on the Libertadores it might be an opportune time for La Calera to pick up all three points.

The next match of the day sees the undefeated Universidad Católica play host to Antofagasta in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquimbo. As the last team to win the Primera Division title by finishing first past the post in 2010, los cruzados will be hoping that their good start to the season continues in their quest to win this season’s title. Standing in their way are Antofagasta, who the week before held the in-form Cobreloa to a scoreless draw and will be looking to repeat or better that performance albeit not on their home turf.

Saturday’s action comes to a conclusion in the north of the country with the unbeaten San Marcos de Arica up against fellow promoted side Ñublense, who themselves have only lost one game for the season. With Ñublense hovering just above the relegation zone on the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table a win at this time of the year is crucial and they would like nothing more than to get one over their former Primera B rivals to achieve that goal.

Sunday’s action kicks off in the north of the country with simultaneous kickoffs in El Salvador and Antofagasta as Cobreloa host Rangers and Cobresal take on Huachipato. It can’t get much worse for Cobresal at the moment as they sit bottom of both the Torneo Trancisión table and the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table and things won’t get any easier as they take on a Rangers side that will be looking to bounce back from a last start loss to Universidad Católica.

Due to works taking place at their usual home ground, Cobreloa will be calling Antofagasta’s Parque Juan López home for the rest of the season and in the first match at their temporary home they meet the winless Huachipato. Despite being obviously buoyed by their Copa Libertadores triumph in Brazil, the travel may very well be a problem for Huachipato as they come up against the top of the table and in-form Cobreloa.

The round draws to its conclusion in the nation’s capital with Colo Colo playing host to Santiago Wanderers in the Estadio Monumental. Los albos’ season reads at the moment loss-win-loss and one would expect that trend to continue against a struggling Wanderers team that is yet to pick up a point so far this season.

Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round four fixtures

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

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