LDU made silent last season in Ecuador as whole year they were busy with Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana (where reached the final in December), now without international games throwing all power to win the title in the 1st stage. Some important players left in the break - the topscorer Hernan Barcos (to Palmeiras), Geovanny Caicedo (Toronto), Jorge Guagua (Atlante) but Liga took all measures to reinforce the team with row of good signings - David Quiroz and Edison Mendez (Emelec), Damian Manso (Morelia), Ezequiel Luna (Tenerife), Ariel Nahuelpan (Racing Santander). The start was good, 1-0 away at Manta.
Olmedo were average in 2011, now seeming even weaker as most of the important offensive players left - Cristian Gomez, Alfredo Ramua, Henry Leon. The new selection is short and far from impressive. In the first round Olmedo lost infamously by 0-2 at home from Emelec, even as their rival was thinking more about the coming midweek game with Olimpia. LDU shouldn't have problems to get 3 points in convenient way in their fortress Casa Blanca.