Round five of the Torneo Transición sees a rematch of the 2012 Clausura final and a battle between first and fourth whilst Universidad de Chile will be looking for their second win of the season.
O’Higgins are one of the in-form teams of the season so far having won their last three matches. In the first match of round five the third placed team from Rancagua will face a Ñublense side who, after a slow start, have won their last two matches, including an impressive 4-0 victory away to San Marcos de Arica. O’Higgins will be keen for a win in order to maintain pressure on leaders Universidad Católica. For Ñublense every win is a boost in their quest to avoid the relegation battle that is the Coeficiente de Rendimiento.
Next up is a battle between two winless teams as Audax Italiano face off against Cobresal at the Estadio Bicentenario La Florida. Audax come into the match off the back of a humiliating defeat at the hands of clásico de colonias rivals Unión Española whilst their opponents grabbed their first points of the campaign with two late goals at home to Rangers. Cobresal, who are sitting well truly in the relegation zone, will be desperate for the three points. Los italicos will be hoping to erase the memory of their last match.
After dropping two points in their last match against the aforementioned Cobresal, Rangers will face their clásico de cobre rivals Cobreloa in Saturday’s opening fixture. Cobresal have had a poor start to the season, but Cobreloa have started the season in fine form remaining undefeated in their first four matches and scoring 12 goals in the process. They will, however, be looking to get back on the winning list after two consecutive draws. Rangers are still looking to recapture last season’s form after only picking up one win so far this campaign.
In Saturday’s next match Colo Colo, after a win last weekend, will looking to stop a loss-win pattern that has been the characteristic of their season so far as they travel down the road to the Estadio Nacional to do battle with fellow Santiguans, Palestino. Los arabes are yet to pick up a win this season and have only two points to their name after four rounds and will be hoping that the current los albos pattern continues.
Whilst it won’t necessarily make up for the manner in which they lost the Clausura title, Unión Española will be looking to maintain Huachipato’s winless start to the season as they return to the scene of the crime, the Estadio CAP in Saturday’s penultimate game. La furia roja will be chock full of confidence after two consecutive wins over Universidad de Chile and Audax Italiano, scoring seven goals and conceding zero. Meanwhile, Huachipato will be looking to bounce back from a midweek Copa Libertadores loss and bring back some bad memories for their opponents by picking up their first win of the season.
Although there were some promising signs last weekend Santiago Wanderers manager Ivo Basay will be hoping for some actual points this weekend. However, the task doesn’t get any easier for them as they travel to the north of the country to take on Iquique in the last match of the day. What may work in Wanderers favour is that Iquique has one eye on the Copa Libertadores.
Sunday sees the action kick off in the nation’s capital as top of the table Universidad Católica host fourth placed Unión La Calera in one of the matches of the round. Both teams come into the match off the back of wins over teams from the north of the country but it is the form of los cruzados that has many labelling them as favourites to take out the title this season. The key for Unión La Calera will be to curtail the strike partnership of Carlos Bueno and Ismael Sosa who between them have scored seven out of the nine goals scored by Universidad Católica so far this season.
Antofagasta are currently sitting on the bottom of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento and are very much in danger of being relegated to the Primera B at the conclusion of this short season. Their challenge this week comes in the form of Everton, whom they host at the Parque Juan López. Everton are yet to taste defeat on their return to the top flight of Chilean football and come into the match following an impressive one-all draw with Universidad de Chile. Antofagasta will be hoping to get off to a better start than last week where they conceded two goals within the first ten minutes and were never really in the match as a consequence.
Universidad de Chile will be looking to make amends for their poor midweek performance in the Copa Libertadores when they host San Marcos de Arica in the weekend’s last match. La U’s Libertadores performance this week was bad but worryingly their Primera Division form hasn’t been much better having only picked up three points as they get used to life under new manager, Dario Franco. San Marcos for their part will be looking to bounce back from their loss at home to Ñublense which was the first time they had dropped points this season.
Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round five fixtures
Ñublense vs. O’Higgins (Fri 19:30, Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún)
A. Italiano vs. Cobresal (Fri 22:00, Bicentenario La Florida))
Rangers vs. Cobreloa (Sat 16:00, Fiscal de Talca)
Palestino vs. Colo Colo (Sat 18:30, Nacional)
Huachipato vs. U. Española (Sat 21:00, CAP)
Iquique vs. S. Wanderers (Sat 22:00, Tierra de Campeones)
U. Católica vs. U. La Calera (Sun 16:30, San Carlos)
Antofagasta vs. Everton (Sun 17:00, Parque Juan López)
U. de Chile vs. SM Arica (Sun 18:30, Santa Laura)