The Copa Libertadores is South America’s flagship club competition. This tournament has produced some of the biggest exports to Europe including Neymar, Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez to mention but a few.
The 2021 edition features 47 teams from 10 countries and will span till November. There are three stages: the first (qualifying), the group stage and the knockouts. It is currently in the quarterfinals.
Brazilian side Palmeiras is the defending champion having defeated Santos in last season’s final.
Sao Paulo, Olympia, Flamengo, River Plate, Atletico Mineiro, Fluminese and Barcelona are the remaining seven teams vying for continental glory.
Palmeiras managed a draw against Sao Paulo in the first leg of the last eight. Three more matches first leg will be played until Friday.
Here are four teams and exciting bet options for the Copa Libertadores which punters can confidently stake on.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving River Plate
The Argentine giants will take on Atletico Mineiro tonight for a chance to qualify for the last four.
The four-time champions have reached this stage of the Copa Libertidores for the sixth time in the last seven years. They eliminated Argentinos Junior 3-1 on aggregate to qualify for the quarterfinals. They finished second in the group stages with nine points behind Fluminese.
The hosts have been underwhelming this season in the Argentina Primera division. They currently sit in 12th place with seven points from five matches played.
Marcelo Gallardo will be banking on Enzo Perez and Julian Alvarez to impact the game.
On the other hand, Atletico Mineiro has been in superb form, leading the table in the Brasileiro Serie A.
Seven of the eight matches involving River Plate in the Copa Libertadores this season have recorded over 1.5 goals.
Flamengo To Win
The Brazilian side will square off against Paraguay’s Olimpia in the first leg this night.
Flamengo has cruised through the Copa Libertadores, defeating Defensa y Justicia 5-1 on aggregate in the second round.
Rogerio Ceni’s men have been in outstanding form, winning eight of their last nine matches in all competitions. They currently sit fifth in the Brazilian Serie A.
They will fancy their chances against an Olimpia team with just one win in the Paraguayan Division Profesional.
Former Inter Milan forward, Gabriel Barbosa will have his sights on scoring. The Brazilian had a cameo at the just concluded Copa America.
They have won five of the last eight matches in the Libertadores this season.
Punters interested in the South American market will find this bet option very rewarding.
Barcelona To Keep A Clean Sheet At Home
This option looks sure to deliver sweet rewards for punters.
The Ecuadorian powerhouse adapts its name and colours from the famous Barcelona of Spain.
They will face off against Fluminese at the Maracana stadium in Brazil. They advanced to this stage at the expense of Velez Sarsfield who they defeated 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16.
Fabian Busto’s men have only qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time in four years. They have been imperious domestically, winning their opening three matches.
While they are the most successful team in Ecuador, they have never won the Copa Libertadores.
Midfielder, Damian Diaz will be the man to watch out for in both legs as well as throughout the competition.
Barcelona has won two of their last four home matches in the Copa Libertadores.
Under 3.5 Goals In Games Involving Palmeiras
The defending champions are on course to defend their continental title.
They defeated Universidad home and away in the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores. Yet, in the Brazilian Serie A, they have been disappointing sitting in 16th position.
Palmeiras is the highest-scoring team so far in the competition with 23 goals. However, seven of their last 10 matches have ended with under 3.5 goals scored. The first leg away to Sao Paulo ended with just 2 goals scored.
Betting on under 3.5 goals in Libertadores matches involving the Brazilian club is one that looks sure to deliver great rewards.