The first leg of the Copa Libertadores final is set to be an intense clash as these Superclasico rivals meet at this stage for the first time
The Copa Libertadores is set for an explosive climax ahead of the first leg of the all-Argentina final on Saturday evening as Boca Juniors host River Plate.
Any Superclasico is always a heated event and the final of South America’s most prestigious club tournament will only heighten the tension and drama of this match.
Readers in the UK can see the action unfolding live on Goal. The game gets underway at 8pm and is available via the link below.
However, River Plate have won the last two clashes between these sides and are available at 12/5 (3.40) to claim a famous win here.
Boca left-back Frank Fabra ruptured his ACL in June and will miss out here, whilst goalkeeper Esteban Andrada is out until 2019 with a fractured jaw. Former Premier League star Carlos Tevez will lead the line for the hosts.
Visiting captain Rodrigo Mora did not play in River Plate’s last match against Estudiantes due to stomach flu and is unlikely to return here, whilst Nicolas De La Cruz is unfit.
Neither team have started their league campaigns particularly well, with Boca sitting 8th and River Plate in 10th, but it is almost a guarantee that both sides will up their game in what is set to be a passionate affair.
Perhaps interesting to note is that the away side has won the last five competitive Superclasicos and not since May 2015 has the home team managed to claim victory.
River Plate also hold the advantage in recent meetings between these two deadly rivals, winning the last two and losing just two of the previous seven competitive meetings.
Tips and Predictions
Taking River Plate to win at 12/5 (3.40) is certainly tempting, considering their recent record in this fixture and the fact they have won eight of their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Also worth considering is the 11/10 (2.10) in the Draw No Bet market, which will see punters get their stake returned if the match ends all square.