The Copa Libertadores has its own nuances. Among others, unlike in European competitions, there are no divisions between representatives of the same countries. This was the case even in the group, and, as is often the case, there are mono-national pairings in the first round of the play-offs. That includes Velez Sarsfield and River Plate, who will play on Thursday night. Which Argentine club is stronger right now? The website’s analytics department has posted their predictions for the match, which will kick off at midnight on June 30, 2022. For full statistics and odds for the match, look at 1xbet.
Velez Sarsfield have not looked particularly stable this season
The Fortics finished 5th in the Primera in 2021, a very decent result for the current state of this team. Against this backdrop, the new season is frankly not working out as planned. In the Diego Maradona Trophy, Vassarí’s side failed to qualify for the play-offs, taking only 18 points and finishing 6th in their group. The ambitious squad could only win for the first time in the new Primeração round of 4. That said, they did well in the Copa Libertadores, pairing up with fellow Argentine Estudiantes to win their quartet. For Velez Sarsfield, though, it was a tight contest, and their lead over Nacional was minimal in the end. The Uruguayans managed seven points, with Fortic scraping together one more.
River Plate haven’t been that impressive this season
Milionarios finally won the national championship last season. I can’t believe it, but the Buenos Aires-based grande had previously taken gold as far back as 2014. Of course, fans believe that Marcelo Gallardo will lead his charges to more successes. But so far, there have been enough misfires. In the Diego Maradona Tournament, after scoring 29 points and finishing 2nd in their group, River Plate managed to drop out in the first round of the tie, losing to Tigres. In the Primera, the titleholder started with 3 rounds without a win, only to give away a 5-1 win against Union (Santa Fe). However, just in the Copa Libertadores, the Argentines were good. They lost only once, drawing and winning the other 5 games.
The sides have been clearly alternating victories over each other lately. River Plate have won three times in their 5 most recent fixtures, but have also lost 2 times in between those successes.
It’s only the first encounter and it’s unlikely to be a struggle to win at all. We do not expect too flashy game, so we will settle on “total less than 2.5 goals” (odds – 1.81).