Macara v Deportivo Tachira – 23:00

Macara make their Copa Libertadores debut tonight when they host Deportivo Tachira at the Estadio Bellavista de Ambato. An impressive 4th place finish in the Ecuadorian Premier Division was the highest ever for the club and no doubt their stadium will be rocking tonight. Their opponents from Venezuela are better known and vastly more experienced but their record when travelling in this tournament is diabolical. 21 defeats in 29 matches explains why they are best priced at 71/10 to steal an unlikely first leg lead. Macara to win to nil is best priced at 6/5.

Macara to win to nil - 1pt @ 6/5

Macara v Deportivo Tachira – 23:00

The surprise package of the Ecuadorian league have managed to hold onto the majority of their squad which should put them in good shape for the qualification rounds. Juan Manuel Tevez, who scored 17 league goals last season, will lead the line in what should be a comfortable home win. The home side may look at getting this wrapped up in the first leg and Macara -0.75 Asian Handicap at 3/4 looks a strong bet.

Macara -0.75 Asian Handicap - 1pt

Oriente Petrolero v Club Universitario – 01:15

Bolivian outfit Oriente Petrolero return to the Copa Libertadores after failing to qualify last year but they face three gruelling rounds of qualifying before they can reach the group stage after finishing third overall in the Bolivian LFPB. Their first opponents are Peruvian side Universitario who have generally struggled on the road in their previous appearances in the competition having only ever won two away games and failing to find the net in five out of their last six Copa away matches.

Petrolero’s home advantage normally sees the abnormally high humidity conditions help them to pick sides off in this competition. However, Lima in Peru where their visitors are based, has current humidity levels of up to 89% and Universitario should be able to handle the conditions. That said, due to tax problems, Universitario have been banned from signing new players and will be calling up several youth players for their trip to Santa Cruz.

With this in mind, Petrolero will play an offensive, attacking game and hopefully have a healthy lead to take to Peru next week. Several new signings will be keen to impress after a full pre-season and the Bolivian side should have enough quality to prevail. Oriente at 4/5 to win is the best bet for the match with BTTS NO best priced at 5/6 also looking like good value.

Oriente Petrolero to win - 1pt @ 4/5