Day 18 of Colombian Professional Soccer can be decisive in deciding which teams have a real chance of fighting for a place to enter the finals.
This Saturday will begin the penultimate date of the All against all phase in the BetPlay Dimayor League. Although at this point the only classified team is Atlético Nacional with 31 points, Independiente Santa Fe and La Equidad are also practically inside with 30 units, although mathematically it is still not possible to affirm it.
Thus, there are five places left for nine teams that still have a chance to enter the finals. Some would ensure their place in the final stages of the tournament by winning this weekend, while others need to achieve a perfect score and this date has to be the first step towards that goal.
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What does it take to enter at eight to two dates from the end of the championship?
Santa Fe and Millonarios, a fundamental classic
Lions and ambassadors will play next Sunday, at eight o’clock at night, a game that will be crucial to decipher the future of the league: the capital classic.
If Santa Fe wins, it will leave the Millionaires classification very complicated, which in the last day plays with Deportivo Cali. On the other hand, if the blue ones take the three points they will leave their route to the eight since they would reach 30 units.
However, the cardinals are undoubtedly the favorites in this match. Santa Fe has not lost home for 31 games, since August 23, 2019, and against Millonarios they have accumulated a total of nine games without defeats.
The tie could benefit both teams, but the value of the three points can be critical for either squad.
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America and Medellín are looking for the perfect score
Scarlets and mighty have 25 points. Both need to secure two victories in their last two games to enter the eight, only winning serves them.
However, Medellín filed a lawsuit against Pereira, for mismanagement and reporting of positive cases of COVID-19 on date 17, which would give Antioqueños three points per desk, if they won the petition before Dimayor, which would lessen it. the load for the definition of the tournament.
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On this date, America will visit Jaguares in Montería, who still has a minimal chance of entering at eight, but needs to win all the games that remain and wait for other results.
Medellín, for its part, will play, next Saturday, the first game of the day at home and against the worst team in the championship: Alianza Petrolera
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Deportivo Cali goes for the feat
For now, Cali is within eight. Although with just one victory the sugarcane players would ensure their pass to the finals, since they have 28 points, the calendar of the green team looks very complex.
On the one hand, on Saturday, Cali will host Atlético Nacional and, on the other hand, on the next date they will play with Millonarios. A defeat or a draw against the purslane on this day would leave him with no margin of error for the final match against the ambassadors, who would also arrive in need of points.
Cali faces an unwanted scenario. However, you can play in your favor that Nacional is already classified and during the week he will have to risk his life against Libertad in the Copa Libertadores.
For this reason, it will be essential for Cali to win this Saturday and not postpone their qualification any longer, since, if they fail to do so, trying on the last date will be very difficult.
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Junior vs. a Pasture in Agony
The sharks will visit the Nariñenses on Sunday, who have just been eliminated in the South American Cup against La Equidad and accept the resignation of their coach Diego Corredor.
Despite the fact that the Nariñenses are still alive, to qualify Pasto needs to win the three remaining games. Junior, on the other hand, is content with victory, he does not need more.
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The problem for those led by Luis Amaranto Perea is that they only have this opportunity. There is no margin of error for the Atlantis, since if they do not achieve victory they can be eliminated since they would not miss any match to play. Even tying they would only reach 29 points and the statistics indicate that they will be classified with 31.
Tolima needs to get Bucaramanga out of the way
Hernán Torres’ team is motivated, after eliminating Cali in the South American. Now, the Pijaos hope to defeat Atlético Bucaramanga next Monday, who is still alive, but the only thing they can do is win.
Tolima also needs the three points, but a draw would not be the end of the world because it would reach 30. Of course, on the last date, in order not to risk being left out, he would need to add against América de Cali.
The descent is also played
And along with those nine teams, which are playing their pass to the league finals, Boyacá Chicó and Deportivo Pereira dispute the permanence in the first division of Colombian football.
Pereira starts with an advantage because the Boyacenses will face on Sunday at 3:30 in the afternoon a very decimated Golden Eagles, with 14 players out due to Coronavirus and seven injured.
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For their part, Risaraldenses, who could also lose points due to Medellín’s demand, will face Envigado on the same day and at the same time.
Thus, everything is given so that the penultimate date of the Colombian championship is exciting. The day is completed by the match of Once Caldas against Patriotas.
This is how the table goes before starting date 18:
1. Atlético Nacional / 31 points / +17 goal difference / 16 games played;
2. Independiente Santa Fe / 30 points / +11 goal difference / 16 games played;
3. La Equidad / 30 points / +4 goal difference / 17 games played;
4. Deportes Tolima / 29 points / +10 goal difference / 16 games played;
5. Júnior de Barranquilla / 28 points / +8 goal difference / 17 games played;
6. Deportivo Cali / 28 points / +6 goal difference / 16 games played;
7. Millionaires / 27 points / +4 goal difference / 16 games played;
8. América de Cali / 25 points / +5 goal difference / 16 games played;
9. Independiente Medellín / 25 points / +4 goal difference / 16 games played;
10. Jaguars / 23 points / 0 goal difference / 16 games played;
11. Deportivo Pasto / 21 points / +1 goal difference / 15 games played;
12. Atlético Bucaramanga / 19 points / +1 goal difference / 15 games played;
13. Envigado / 16 points / -7 goal difference / 16 games played;
14. Patriots / 16 points / -8 goal difference / 16 games played;
15. Boyacá Chicó / 15 points / -6 goal difference / 16 games played;
16. Golden Eagles / 14 Points / -5 goal difference / 16 games played;
17. Once Caldas / 13 points / – 5 goal difference / 16 games played;
18. Deportivo Pereira / 12 points / -11 goal difference / 16 games played;
19. Alianza Petrolera / 4 points / -29 goal difference / 16 games played.