Campeonato Apertura 2013: Week Two Preview

The first match of round two takes place in the Estadio Monumental on Friday night with O’Higgins playing a “home” fixture against Antofagasta. Both teams started their Apertura campaigns with a win with O’Higgins taking care of Iquique whilst Antofagasta sprung somewhat of a surprise with a win over Unión Española. O’Higgins would start as slight favourites in this one having taken all three points against their opponents in their last three meetings.

Saturday’s opening match has to be the match of the round as last season’s champions Unión Española host last season’s runners up Universidad Católica in the Estadio Santa Laura. Following that dramatic last day triumph these two teams have met twice in the Copa Chile with los cruzados winning the first encounter and drawing the second.

Having played each other so many times over the last three years a fierce rivalry has developed between these two teams and this boiled over in the first Copa Chile meeting with a coming together towards the en of the match which resulted in hefty Copa Chile suspensions for Jorge Ampuero (UE), Diego Scotti (UE), Diego Sánchez (UE), Matías Mier (UC), Matías Jadue (UC) and Cristián Alvarez (UC). Católica come into this match of a first up win whilst as previously mentioned la furia roja suffered a first up loss to Antofagasta. Whatever happens there is sure to be plenty of talking points.

Saturday’s second match sees Santiago Wanderers play host to Audax Italiano in the Estadio Nicolás Chahuán. Both teams come into the match off the back good first up wins with Audax demolishing Colo Colo 4-0 despite finishing the match with nine men whilst Santiago Wanderers had an impressive first up win over Huachipato by the solitary goal. The last six meetings between these two teams has seen Wanderers winning four of them whilst Audax have won the other two so whilst Wanderers might start slight favourites this match surely won’t be a draw.

Saturday’s penultimate match sees Palestino take on Universidad de Chile in the Estadio Nacional. Palestino come into this match off the back of a good win over Everton in the opening round whilst it hasn’t been a good start for La U’s new manager Marco Antonio Figueroa having seen his team lose to Rangers in the opening round and then suffering a midweek loss away to Bolivian side Real Potosi in the Copa Sudamericana. What make give Figueroa and La U fans alike some hope is that they have only lost once to their opponents in their last six meetings and they came back in 2010.

Saturday’s final match takes place in the Estadio Bicentenario Fiscal de Talca as Rangers host Huachipato in a southern derby of sorts. As alluded to in the previous paragraph Rangers started the season with a win over Universidad de Chile whilst Huachipato went down to Santiago Wanderers. Rangers will have some hope of making it two wins in a row to start the season against an opponent which they have beaten four out of their last six meetings including a 5-2 win last season.

Sunday sees three matches kicking off at 3:30pm in the afternoon with Cobresal hosting Iquique, Universidad de Concepción taking on Unión La Calera, and Cobreloa travelling to Chillian to meet Ñublense.

Cobresal began their Apertura campaign with a draw with Unión La Calera despite finishing the match with eight men and their first home game of the season sees them take on an Iquique side who lost by the solitary goal to O’Higgins. Iquique will be confident of three points against their northern rivals having not lost to them in their last seven meetings and winning four of them. Their have been twelve goals scored in the last three match between these two teams so one would expect plenty of goals in this one.

Universidad de Concepción’s return to the Primera Division didn’t get off to the start they wanted last weekend as they went down 2-0 to Cobreloa but have a chance to rectify that on home turf when they play host to Unión La Calera side who featured in the only draw from last weekend. In the last four meetings between these two teams La Calera is the only team to pick up a win and that came back in 2013 with the other three matches being low scoring draws. Therefore one can expect a tight affair in the Estadio Collao on Sunday afternoon.

Ñublense’s season started with a 3-0 loss at the hands of Universidad Católica and it doesn’t get any easier on Sunday when they host Cobreloa in the Estadio Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún. Cobreloa will be looking to build on their last start win over Universidad de Concepción and a midweek draw against Peñarol in the Copa Sudamerican against a Ñublense side that they have beaten three times in their last six meetings but to whom they lost their last encounter 2-0.

In a nice bit of symmetry the last match of the round takes place in the Estadio Monumental as Colo Colo Colo take on Everton. Both teams suffered losses in the opening round with los albos going down 4-0 to Audax Italiano whilst Everton lost 2-0 at the hands of Palestino. But Colo Colo will be buoyed by their midweek win over Uruguayan side El Tanque Sisley in the Copa Sudamericana and a record against Everton that has seen them win their last three meetings.

Primera Division Torneo Apertura 2013 , Round two fixtures

O’Higgins vs. Antofagasta (Fri 20:00, Monumental)
U. Española vs. U. Católica (Sat 12:30, Santa Laura)
S. Wanderers vs. A. Italiano (Sat 15:00, Nicolás Chahuán)
Palestino vs. U. de Chile (Sat 17:30, Nacional)
Rangers vs. Huachipato (Sat 20:00, Bicentenario Fiscal de Talca)
Cobresal vs. Iquique (Sun 15:30, El Cobre)
U. Concepción vs. U. La Calera (Sun 15:30, Collao)
Ñublense vs. Cobreloa (Sun 15:30, Bicentenario Nelson Oyarzún)
Colo Colo vs. Everton (Sun 18:00, Monumental)

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