Week six means we are now a third of the way through the season and that means that teams are looking to stay in touch with the league leaders or trying to avoid the dreaded relegation zone which also means we have some tasty encounters none so more than Saturday’s clash between Cobreloa and Universidad Católica.
For the first time this season there is only one match on Friday night to get round six underway as Unión Española host Ñublense in the Estadio Santa Laura. La furia roja, who are currently in second position only one point behind Universidad Católica, will be looking to make it four win wins in a row. Ñublense, for their part, will look to build on the confidence from last week’s draw with O’Higgins and consolidate their position in the middle of the table. The key for Ñublense will be to maintain a strong defensive effort against an Unión side who have scored eleven goals this season, the third highest tally in the league so far.
Saturday’s action kicks off in the north of the country with the struggling Cobresal facing an uphill task against Universidad de Chile. La U, after their 6-1 thrashing of San Marcos de Arica last weekend, surprisingly went down 2-1 in their midweek catch up game against Santiago Wanderers meaning that they have made their worst start to a season since the 2007 Apertura. Cobresal currently sit in last position on the table and third last in the Coeficiente de Rendimiento so a win against their more fancied opponents is of a high priority.
Due to renovations to the Estadio Teniente, O’Higgins sixth round home game against Audax Italiano will take place at Curicó Unido’s Estadio Bicentenario La Granja. O’Higgins currently sit fourth on the table and will be looking to keep in touch with the top three whilst their opponents will look to build on their dramatic first win of the season in their last start.
Next up we see Huachipato play host to Iquique, with both teams having played during the week in the Copa Libertadores although with mixed fortunes with Iquique picking up their first win of the campaign against Emelec whilst Huachipato went down at home to Fluminense. Due to their participation in the continental competition the form of both teams at the domestic level has suffered somewhat as they have only picked up one win between them so far this season. Both teams will see this as opportunity to get a much needed three points.
Saturday’s last match sees the competition once again return to the north of the country as San Marcos de Arica play host to fellow promoted side, Everton. After a good start San Marcos has dropped of late, losing their last two games and conceding ten goals in the process. Everton, who look like they had never left the Primera Division, will be looking to maintain their excellent start to the season against an opponent they are very familiar with.
Sunday sees two matches kick off at four o’clock with Unión La Calera taking on Rangers and in what has to be one of the matches of the round, Cobreloa play host to Universidad Católica. Unión La Calera will be looking to bounce back from their thrashing at the hands of Católica whilst Rangers saw three points disappear as Cobreloa grabbed two late goals to snatch a draw.
There is sure to be goals and plenty of them in the match between Cobreloa and Universidad Católica with both teams having scored twenty-seven goals between them in the opening five rounds. That being said, after an excellent start to the season, Cobreloa’s form of late has been poor having to rely on late goals to grab three consecutive draws. Meanwhile los cruzados have been in fine form of late winning their last four matches and sittng alme at the top of the table with Ismael Sosa looking particularly dangerous with five goals in voice matches.
The penultimate match of the round sees Colo Colo looking to make it three wins in a row against Antofagasta in the Estadion Monumental. Despite their main weapon from the Clausura season, Carlos Muñoz, having gone goalless of late, los albos have still looked fairly potent of late and will fancy their chances against an Antofagasta side who are fifth from bottom and deeply mired at the wrong end of the Coeficiente de Rendimiento table.
The round draws to its conclusion late on Sunday afternoon as Santiago Wanderers look to build on the confidence gained from their midweek win over Universidad de Chile as the play host to Palestino. Palestino have yet to taste victory this season and may see this match as their best opportunity to do so against an inconsistent Wanderers side.
Primera Division Torneo Transición 2013 , Round six fixtures
U. Española vs. Ñublense (Fri 20:00, Santa Laura)
Cobresal vs. U. de Chile (Sat 15:30, El Cobre)
O’ Higgins vs. A. Italiano (Sat 18:00, Bicentenario La Granja)
Huachipato vs. Iquique (Sat 20:30, CAP)
SM Arica vs. Everton (Sat 22:00, Bicentenario Carlos Dittborn)
U. La Calera vs. Rangers (Sun 16:00, Nicolás Chahuán)
Cobreloa vs. U. Católica (Sun 16:00, Tierra de Campeones)
Colo Colo vs. Antofagasta (Sun 18:30, Monumental)
S. Wanderers vs. Palestino (Sun 21:00, Bicentenario Lucio Fariña)