Atletico Junior and Tolima will meet this Sunday, starting at 5 p.m., at the Barranquilla Metropolitan Stadium, in Group A game, on the first date of the home runs of the Liga II-2019. It is a meeting with a reserved forecast if one considers that this year the ‘shark’ team has always been a tough place to beat while the vinotinto and gold team is currently the best visitor of the year.
Junior, who is also the team with the best defense of the year, thanks to the good work of German Mera and his goalkeeper Sebastian Viera, has the only doubt for this meeting, who will accompany Mera in the pair of central defenders.
Mera, the best reinforcement of the Comesana team for this second semester, returns to the headline after the Comesana coach gave him rest in the last two days of the all against all phase, due to muscular fatigue. The Uruguayan coach's question is who will accompany him: Rafael Perez or Willer Ditta have been those who have alternated the position.
This said Comesana
“We are always favorites. Junior arrives as I arrive is always a favorite and I do not dislike that they say we are favorites, on the contrary it makes me proud. If we have a team that everyone favors, let's accept it and we will fight on the court. I don't know if we're going to win, I think we're always going to win, but you have to play and there are very good teams. ”
“Tolima knows that he is strong, with experience in the finals, he has always been the protagonist, so it was not necessary that we are going to be giving an advantage or not giving an individual and collective recognition to that team.”
Junior: one of the best places
Junior has six straight games without losing at home: five wins and one draw. The most recent defeat in the ‘Metro’ was against Once Caldas, on August 24, on date 8 of League II-2019.
Of the 24 games that Junior played at home this year, he won 12, drew 10 and only lost two. He scored 27 goals and received 9. That gives a yield of 63.8%, the second best of the year, after which he has the Pasture (66.6%).
Tolima, to defend his undefeated seven dates
Tolima, who got into the home runs after a good streak of seven games without losing (five wins and two draws) recovers two of his undisputed to face the Junior, after each met a penalty date: it is about the flyers Larry Vasquez and Alex Stik Castro, who missed the last game of the first phase due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
The loss that coach Alberto Gamero will have will be that of Carlos Robles, who owes a sanction date, also due to the accumulation of yellows. Another who fell off the list of summoned was the junior Junior Hernandez.
The best visitor of the year
Tolima arrives with an undefeated three-game visitor. He has not lost since September 29 away from home, when he fell 1-0 with Atletico Nacional. Of the 23 games he played outside of Ibague, Tolima won 10, drew five and lost 8: his performance is 50.7%, the best in the accumulated of 2019, followed by America, which after his defeat in Bogota was left with 48.6%
They have seen three times this year in Barranquilla
Junior vs. Tolima is a duel that has been seen three times in this 2019 at the Barranquilla Metropolitan Stadium. The first was on January 23, in the first leg of the Super League, which won Tolima 1-2; then they saw each other on May 19, on date 3 of the I-2019 home runs, a game that ended with a 1-1 draw; finally, they faced each other in Barranquilla on July 13, for the first date of League II, with 1-0 victory of the local team.
Junior: Sebastian Viera; Marlon Piedrahita, German Mera, Willer Ditta (Rafael Perez), Gabriel Fuentes; Victor Cantillo, Luis Narvaez; James Sanchez, Luis Gonzalez; Daniel Moreno and Teo Gutierrez.
D.T .: Julio Comesana.
Tolima: William Cuesta; Nilson Castrillon, Julian Quinones, Jose Moya, Danovis Banguero; Larry Vasquez, Bernaldo Manzano, Jaminton Campaz, Anderson Plata, Alex Castro; Jorge Ramos.
D.T. Alberto Gamero
Hour: 5:00 pm.
Stadium: Roberto Melendez (Barranquilla)
Referee: John Ospina
TV: RCN Channel