Everton in Chile have started their new season well. After three games, they top the league.
A win at Deportes Iquique on the opening day was followed by a 4-0 win at home to San Luis, before drawing 1-1 away to Universidad Católica.
This was after their surprise cup exit at the first stage, losing to second-division side Coquimbo Unido over two legs prior to the start of the new league season, having fans fearing the worst!
You may be aware that the Chilean league season was divided into two league tournaments, the first called the Apertura and the second named the Clausura.
That has changed slightly this season. There will be one more 15-round tournament which will run up until mid-December, with the same permutations as the Apertura, but called the ‘transition’ tournament.
A more traditional and familiar league structure will then take its place with teams playing each other home and away in one league season. It’s believed the new structure will start from January, and run through to December 2018.
Evertonianos will hope they can maintain the fight at the higher end of table and qualify for next seasons CONMEBOL Libertadores or Sudamericana.
Winning the 15-round tournament would see Everton qualify for the Libertadores, with second-place meaning a play-off with Colo Colo for the other Libertadores qualification spot. The loser of the play-off would qualify for the Sudamericana, alongside the two teams that finish third and fourth.
Next up for the Ruleteros is O’Higgins at the Sausalito on Sunday 20th August, before a trip to Deportes Temuco the following weekend.
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