LDU Loja started the 2nd stage in the worst possible way with 2 defeats from El Nacional and Barcelona but they are not bad team at all, reminding they ended the 1st stage quite decent on 5th place and actually point above Deportivo Cuenca, in addition doing quite well against this opponent - draw and later away win (2-1) in Cuenca. Players are same as in the 1st stage, no squad problems, one new striker added (Uruguayan Franco Aliberti) that is used as substitute for now.
Deportivo Cuenca had controversial start playing against both bottom placed teams (in the aggregate table 2011), won 1-0 at Independiente JT and made 0-0 at home with ESPOLI. The main thing is their squad is some chaos right now. 2 important players left - Colombian Omar Guerra (midfielder, 15 games) to Santiago Morning and one of the leading scorers Nestor Ayala (20 games, 8 goals). The other topscorer in the 1st stage Juan Jose Govea (also with 8 goals, 21 games) is missing too. 2 defenders are injured - Carlos Castro (17 games, 1 goal) and Damian Ledesma (18 games), another defender John Narvaez (10 games) is with the U20 national team. Midfielder Roberto Valarezo (20 games, 12 in the starting eleven, 1 goal) was sent in the reserves team. Cuenca got some new players (not seeming anything special as pedigree behind), Facundo Imbodem and Deison Mendez featured in defense and Jasson Zambrano in attack but the two latest signings Federico Laurito and Javier Sebastian Robles can't play yet.
With this picture Deportivo Cuenca are very far from their usual potential so Loja should use the chance to recover after the poor start, odds are not bad at all. 1.80 is also available at bet365 (DNB), odds above 1.70 we have in Unibet, Sportingbet.