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Wednesday's Copa Libertadores predictions including Argentinos vs. River Plate

Sports Mole provides score predictions for all of Wednesday's Copa Libertadores fixtures, including Argentinos Juniors vs. River Plate.


Palmeiras vs. Catolica (Wednesday, 11.15pm)

Palmeiras team huddle before the match on June 28, 2021© Reuters

Copa Libertadores holders Palmeiras will be looking to progress to their fourth successive quarter-final when they host Universidad Catolica for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.

The Chilean visitors head to Brazil hoping to overturn a one-goal deficit from the first leg, as they aim to reach the last eight for the first time in 10 years.

We say: Palmeiras 2-0 Universidad Catolica


Palmeiras have found their groove over the last month and as strong favourites for Wednesday's match, the hosts are expected to extend their winning run to eight games.

Even though Catolica are sure to put up a fight, the defending champions should have no problems in progressing to the quarter-finals.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

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Barcelona vs. Velez Sarsfield (Wednesday, 11.15pm)

Velez Sarsfield coach Mauricio Pellegrino reacts on April 21, 2021© Reuters

Ecuadorian outfit Barcelona SC host Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield for the second leg of their Copa Libertadores last-16 tie on Wednesday night.

The visitors take a narrow 1-0 advantage to the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha, as they look to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012.

We say: Barcelona SC 2-1 Velez Sarsfield


Even though Velez have looked strong defensively of late and kept a clean sheet in the first leg, Barcelona SC have shown their attacking qualities during this competition; and with goals needed to progress, we can see the hosts finding the net on Wednesday.

Another closely-fought contest is set to be played out in Ecuador, and we think that Barcelona SC may secure a slender victory by a one-goal margin, which would be enough to see them progress on away goals.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

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Flamengo vs. Defensa (Thursday, 1.30am)

Flamengo's Rodrigo Muniz celebrates scoring their second goal on June 20, 2021© Reuters

2019 Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo host Copa Sudamericana holders Defensa y Justicia for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Thursday.

The two sides faced each other for the first time last week, with the Brazilians securing a narrow 1-0 victory against their Argentine counterparts in the first leg.

We say: Flamengo 1-0 Defensa y Justicia


With Defensa y Justicia needing to score if they are to progress to the quarter-finals, the pressure is on them to take the game to Flamengo and make life difficult for the hosts.

However, Gaucho has had an instant impact at his new club, making the Scarlet-Black difficult to break down. The Brazilians will be keen to make amends for last season's elimination at this stage and we can see them securing another narrow victory on Thursday.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

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Argentinos Jrs vs. River Plate (Thursday, 1.30am)

River Plate's Julian Alvarez celebrates scoring their second goal on May 19, 2021© Reuters

Argentinian sides Argentinos Juniors and River Plate will do battle in Buenos Aires on Thursday night in the second leg of their Copa Libertadores last-16 tie.

After drawing the first leg 1-1 last week, the hosts will be looking to reach only their second ever quarter-final, while the visitors are hoping to progress to their fifth in succession.

We say: Argentinos Juniors 1-2 River Plate


A tight encounter between two evenly-matched sides is set to be played out on Thursday, with River Plate knowing that they need to score if they wish to progress.

The visitors have not performed particularly well of late, but they have an impressive record during the Copa Libertadores knockout stages. Even though Argentinos have made themselves difficult to beat in recent months, we feel that River Plate could turn up for the big occasion in Buenos Aires and seal a narrow victory.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

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