The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a 2-1 loss to Flamengo , while the Venezuelan outfit got the better of Mineros de Guayana 1-0 last time out.
Santos will host Deportivo Tachira in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana last-16 fixture at Estadio Urbano Caldeira on Wednesday night. The first leg in San Cristobal, ended 1-1 as Bryan Angulo’s 86th-minute strike canceled out Vinicius Zanocelo’s own goal on the half-hour mark. The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a 2-1 loss to Flamengo in their Brazilian League fixture last Saturday, while the Venezuelan outfit got the better of Mineros de Guayana 1-0 last time out.
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On Saturday, Zanocelo’s 66th-minute strike canceled out Pedro’s first-half opener before Gabriel Barbosa netted the winner for Flamengo. It was Santos’ fourth league defeat of the season and second one in their last four games across all competitions. Meanwhile Fabian Bustos’ side are winless in their last five games. Their previous victory was against Juventude on June 15 and the scoreboard read 2-1. The Black and White are languishing at the 10th spot in the Brazilian league table with 19 points from 15 games.
Deportivo Tachira, on the other hand, are heading into this fixture on the back of a narrow win over Mineros de Guayana courtesy of Renny Simisterra’s lone goal in the 37th-minute. Aurinegro’s form off late has been inconsistent, winning three of their last six games across all competitions while two of those games ended in defeats. Despite that, Alex Pallares’ side are performing well on the whole in the Venezuelan Primera Division, as they currently sit fourth in the table.
Santos midfielder Zanocelo, who found the back of the net in the last outing, would be a key player for the Brazilian outfit. Marcos Leonardo is likely to lead the attack with Lucas Braga and Gabriel occupying the flanks. Baptistao would be the attacking midfielder deployed behind the striker. As for Deportivo Tachira, Anthony Uribe would lead the line with Simisterra, Cova and Hernandez in support. Flores and Garces are expected to form the midfield duo.
Santos probable starting lineup: Paulo; Auro, Velazquez, Eduardo, Jonatan; Camacho, Zanocelo; Braga, Baptistao, Gabriel; Leonardo
Deportivo Tachira probable starting lineup: Varela; Camacho, Perea, Ariano, Marrufo; Graces, Flores; Simisterra, Cova, Hernandez; Uribe
The Copa Sudamericana round of 16 match between Santos and Deportivo Tachira will take place at Estadio Urbano Caldeira and it will kickoff at 6:00 am IST on July 7, Thursday.
For the football fans in Brazil, live telecasts of Copa Sudamericana fixtures are available on CONMEBOL TV and NOW NET e claro. Meanwhile the football fans in Venezuela can catch the live action on DIRECTV Sports App, ESPN 2, Star + and directv.com.