It's crunch time in South America's premier club competition with River Plate and Palmeiras vying for a place in the coveted Copa Libertadores Final.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the 1st leg semifinal in order to make well-informed picks with betPawa.
📄 Match preview
Four-time Copa Libertadores champions and 2019 runners-up River Plate made their intentions clear with a resounding 8-2 aggregate win over Nacional in the quarterfinals and they enter this semifinal as overwhelming favourites as they aim to extend their 13-game unbeaten streak in all competitions (W10, D3).
River faced Argentinian archrivals Boca Juniors at the weekend in a feisty 2-2 draw that saw a red card brandished for both sides.
With that in mind, there have now been four red cards across River's last four matches so this could be a feisty affair in the first-ever meeting between the sides. It should be a fascinating contest staged at the Estadio Libertadores de América but "The Millionaires" are four-time winners and their extra pedigree should show.
Palmeiras has lost just one of their last 11 outings but they've claimed just two wins in their last seven on the road. If the Brazilian side is to mount a serious challenge here, they'll lean heavily on 18-year-old superstar striker Gabriel Veron.
🔮 Predicted XIs
🇦🇷 River Plate (4-1-3-2):
Franco Armani; Javier Pinola, Paulo Diaz, Robert Rojas, Gonzalo Montiel; Enzo Perez; Nicolas De La Cruz, Jorge Carrascal, Bruno Zuculini; Rafael Santos Borre, Lucas Beltran
🇧🇷 Palmeiras (4-2-3-1):
Weverton; Matias Vina, Gustavo Gomez, Luan Garcia, Marcos Rocha; Gabriel Menino, Danilo; Gabriel Veron, Raphael Veiga, Rony; Luiz Adriano
🔑 Key betting stats
- Both teams come into this game in fine form, with River Plate currently on a 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions, while their opponents have lost just one of their last 11 games in all competitions.
- Both teams have scored in each of River's last four matches.
- Rafael Borré netted a second-half hat-trick in River Plate’s last Copa Libertadores match and scored late on in the Superclásico against Boca.
- The visitors will look to Luiz Adriano with the former AC Milan striker scoring the opener in their last two matches.
💰 Futaa value bet
🔮 PREDICTION: River Plate 3-1 Palmeiras
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