We have made it to the final round of the Clausura and as is the case with every time this time of year there are plenty of crucial matches at both ends of the table. The round is stretched over five days from Saturday to Wednesday with the all important relegation battles taken place on Wednesday night.
Action in the final round of the Clausura season kicks off at midday on Saturday as Huachipato plays host to Universidad de Chile. With both teams guaranteed a spot in the playoffs the match will still play a key role in determining where they will finish and who they will play post-season.
Following the opener two matches will kick off at the same time later in the day with Colo Colo looking to consolidate top position against Audax Italiano, who themselves will be hoping to keep their position in the top eight. Meanwhile second-placed Palestino will look to put pressure on los albos when they travel north to take on the already relegated La Serena.
Sunday sees two matches take place with Universidad Católica hosting relegation threatened Universidad Concepción in the day’s opener. The team from Concepción, who have a delayed match against Universidad de Chile next week will need some points to move out of the relegation playoff zone whilst for their opponents only a win will guarantee post- season action. Later in the day Unión Española will host Cobreloa with both teams needing a win and other teams to stumble to have a chance of action in the playoffs.
The remainder of the round’s matches will be played on the following Wednesday, mainly because of that aforementioned catch-up match between Universidad Concepción and Universidad de Chile. All matches will take place on Wednesday night at the same time as all five matches kick off at the same time. The reason for this is that five of the teams have the possibility of either being automatically relegated or will fall into the relegation playoff spot.
Rangers will play host to Antofagasta with the former looking to arrest a run of recent poor form as they head into post-season action whilst a poor result for the northerners could sees them fall into one of the relegation playoff spot. Meanwhile Unión San Felipe take on Iquique with the situation for the two teams almost identical to the match already mentioned with San Felipe being the one looking to avoid either being automatically relegated or the possibility of a playoff to stay in the top flight.
Santiago Wanderers, who have been on a recent run of good form will be hoping that continues when they play Unión La Calera so they can avoid any relegation-type action. O’Higgins, who have a faint hope of playoff action will have to face off against Cobresal who are currently in an automatic relegation spot whilst as previously mentioned Universidad de Chile host Universidad de Concepción.
Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2012, Round seventeen fixtures