Soccer finally kicks off in Peru! After several irregularities that prevented the first division action from getting underway as it should, Liga 1 restarts on matchday 3. Still, many fans could feel as if it was worth the wait, knowing that a clash between Sporting Cristal vs Alianza Lima will be contested.
Without further ado, at JefeBet we bring you all the information of the highest category of Inca soccer, with the best odds, predictions and the analysis of the different clashes. In this Sporting Cristal vs Alianza Lima match, two of the best teams in the country will face each other in an interesting clash.
Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Sporting Cristal vs Alianza Lima Liga 1 Match on February 5, 2023
- Where: Alberto Gallardo Stadium, Lima, Peru
- When: Sunday, February 5, 2023, 10:00 AM E.T.
- Moneyline: Sporting Cristal (+120) / Tie (+230) / Alianza Lima (+210)
- Asian Handicap: Sporting Cristal (AH -0.25 -106) / Alianza Lima (AH +0.25, -113)
- Over/Under (2.5): Over (-108) / Under (-121)
- Both teams score: Yes (-137) / No (+106)
Odds provided by Unibet.
Sporting Cristal Preview
In terms of points, Sporting Cristal was the best team in the 2022 season of Peruvian soccer, totaling 79 points between the Apertura and Clausura. This earned the team a place in the semifinals of the league playoffs, where it lost 4-0 on aggregate to Melgar, which wrecked all the good things that Sporting Cristal had built throughout the year.
Now, the team will try to start the 2023 season with the right foot, although playing at home was something the team has found difficult in the final stages of last campaign, winning just one of its last four games at its stadium (one draw and two losses).
Possible Sporting Cristal lineup (4-3-3): Matías Córdova; Johan Madrid, Gianfranco Chávez, Rafael Lutiger, Nilson Loyola; Jesús Pretell; Jesús Castillo, Yoshimar Yotún; Washington Corozo, Brenner, Írven Ávila.
Alianza Lima Preview
Alianza Lima was crowned champion of Peruvian soccer by winning the Clausura Tournament and then defeating Melgar in the playoff final by a 2-1 aggregate score, thus winning its 25th league crown, but not without suffering first, as it lost the first leg of the final.
The team’s mission for 2023 is to win the local championship for the third time in a row to join Universitario de Deportes as the top winner of the Peruvian league. The team’s first test will be against Sporting Cristal, who will not want to make things easy for their rivals.
Alianza Lima (4-3-3): Ángelo Campos; Gino Peruzzi, Yordi Vílchez, Pablo Míguez, Ricardo Lagos; Jairo Concha, Josepmir Ballón, Pablo Lavandeira; Gabriel Costa, Pablo Sabbag, Bryan Reyna.
If history is anything to go by, this match could look very even, as Sporting Cristal has defeated Alianza Lima only 9 times in their last 30 meetings at this venue, drawing 11 and losing 10 matches.
However, Sporting Cristal has measured Alianza Lima recently, losing just one of their last six meetings between them: three wins, two draws. The most recent matches in this series have had a very marked pace, and none of them had ended with more than one goal.
Considering that the campaign has just begun, and that the teams will be cool down after weeks of back-and-forth to start the league, we may be about to witness another duel in which this derby will leave many with a bad taste in their mouths.
Prediction: Under (SPO 1 – LIM 1)