Soccer Betting: 2021 Copa Libertadores Matches to Wager From July 20 to Aug. 3
We are halfway to the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores in South America. We are down to the final 16 teams, with 12 of them coming from either Argentina or Brazil. The first leg of the Round of 16 is in the books, with seven of the eight matches ending in a draw or a one-goal win. That means there is everything to play for in the second leg this week. Let’s take a closer look at the second leg matchups so you can wager against their Copa Libertadores odds.
Copa Libertadores Round of 16: Leg 2 Matches
Defensa y Justicia vs Flamengo
Flamengo is yet to lose in this competition, winning three and drawing three during the Group Stage before a 1-0 win over their Argentinian foes in the first leg. However, they’ve been a little more vulnerable in domestic play, losing four of their first 10 matches. The lead is slim, so don’t count out Defensa y Justicia yet. They will understand how to play in a tight match and know that a 1-0 lead keeps them alive.
Boca Juniors vs Atlético Mineiro
Boca Juniors might give Argentina its best chance to win this competition. They took home their 34th league title in 2020. However, Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zarate, and goalie Esteban Andrada have left the club since they qualified for the Knockout Stage. That was obvious during their scoreless draw with Mineiro in the first leg. Atletico currently sits second in Brazil’s Serie A, winning eight of 12 matches thus far, so they will be confident that they can pull off an upset.
Universidad Católica vs Palmeiras
Not only is Palmeiras the reigning Copa Libertadores champion, but they also sit atop the Serie A standings in Brazil, winning nine of 12 matches and losing just two of them. To be fair, they only beat Gus Poyet’s Universidad Católica side 1-0 in the first leg. But the Brazilian side could be too much for the lone Chilean team left in the competition.
Cerro Porten vs Fluminense
Fluminense is hoping to coast to the quarterfinals after a 2-0 win in the first leg. On the other hand, the Brazilian side has a negative goal differential in domestic play, so they can’t take any chances.
Velez Sarsfield vs Barcelona
The Ecuadorian version of Barcelona has some work to do after losing the first leg 1-0. Keep in mind that Sarsfield yielded eight goals in six matches during the Group Stage, so they can be vulnerable in the back. Barcelona looks more than capable of turning the tables in the second leg.
Sao Paulo vs Racing
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, things could get interesting in this matchup. Sao Paulo is all the way down at 15th in the Serie A table in Brazil, so they’ve not looked strong early in the campaign. On the other hand, Racing of Argentina has four wins and three draws in seven matches during this competition, so they’ve proven difficult to beat.
River Plate vs Argentinos Juniors
Things were tight between these two Argentine sides in the first leg, which ended in a 1-1 draw. River is undoubtedly the favorite, although they were underwhelming during the Group Stage and lost some key figures over the summer. That leaves the door open for Juniors to spring an upset.
Olimpia vs Internacional
Representing Paraguay, Olimpia will feel like an upset is possible over the Brazilian side after a scoreless draw in the first leg. Internacional has just three wins in 12 matches during the domestic season in Brazil. However, these two played in the Group Stage, with the Brazilians winning both matches by a combined 7-1, so Olimpia knows it won’t be easy.