Boca Juniors and River Plate will play the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final when they meet at the Bombonera on Saturday. The crossing will be historic, since it will mean the first Superclásico in the final of the most important tournament in America.
According to Intertops Sportsbook odds are very even, although Boca has a slight advantage for the first leg and his win pays 2.60 per unit bet, against 2.90 that pays for the victory of River and 3.00 the tie. The return of the series will be at the Monumental on November 24 and will define which team will be the champion of America.
The trail to the coup
The “Superclásico” of the final of the Copa Libertadores is very even and fair in the previous one. Xeneize beat Libertad in the last 16, Cruzeiro in the quarterfinals and Palmeiras in the semifinal. In the group stage he qualified agonizingly, behind Palmeiras and beating Junior and Alianza Lima. The team of Guillermo Barros Schelotto already devoted two-time champion of Argentine soccer, but still has a thorn: to win the Libertadores.
River Plate beat Racing in the last 16, Independiente in the quarterfinals and Gremio in the semifinal. After eliminating two Argentine teams, he will go for the third victim of his country. Marcelo Gallardo already has experience in the Cup, which he won in 2015 and will seek to raise again. It is the most important final in the history of Argentine soccer and also of South America: Boca and River, all or nothing.
Boca Juniors and River Plate betting prediction
Boca and River will play the first leg of a historic final of the Copa Libertadores. In this analysis we believe that Boca Juniors will win the first match. Guillermo’s strategy will be the same as he has been repeating in the Cup: win at home to hold the result as a visitor. In addition, the match will be very even and locked, product of nervousness and tension that will be in the duel and in this analysis we consider that the goal line will be low.
We also ensure that arbitration will be rigorous, seeking to avoid rough play, and that will cause a large number of players sanctioned with cards.
Winner: Boca Juniors 2-1