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May 12, 2021 at 1.30am UK at Estadio General Rumiñahui del Valle de Los Chillos
IndependienteIndependiente del Valle

Landazuri (29'), Vite (39'), Ramirez (42')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Veiga (43' pen.)
de Paula (28'), Melo (33')

Preview: Independiente del Valle vs. Palmeiras - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Copa Libertadores clash between Independiente del Valle and Palmeiras, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Independiente del Valle will hope to get a little retribution on Tuesday when they host Palmeiras, who destroyed them on matchday two of their Copa Libertadores campaign 5-0.

The Ecuadorians got right back in the race for a spot in the knockout stage of this tournament by shutting out Universitario 4-0, while the defending champions remain perfect, winning all three of their games thus far.

Match preview

Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira pictured on May 5, 2021© Reuters

On matchday two, Independiente del Valle got a first-hand lesson on how far they still have to go to compete with the elite teams in South America.

Despite having 63% of the possession, the Ecuadorians could not contain the high-powered Brazilian attack, who scored early and often.

In their last match of this tournament, Renato Paiva and his team showed they are fast learners as they looked like a completely different side, holding the Peruvians to zero shots through 90 minutes.

Los Negriazules have been a much stronger side when playing at Estadio Banco Guayaquil, where they are yet to lose in 2021.

After a dramatic last-minute win in their opening match, the defending Copa Libertadores champions have come to life, winning their last two games in the group stage by a combined score of 7-1.

Abel Ferreira knows that victory on Tuesday would guarantee passage into the knockout phase for a fifth consecutive season.

The heroes from their 2020 triumph have not disappointed, as Danilo has a goal in his first two games, while Rony is tied for second in goals so far in this competition with four.

Palmeiras have shown they can not only win big, but they can also win tight matches, winning two of their last three games in Brazil by a single goal.

Independiente del Valle Copa Libertadores form:
  • D
  • L
  • W

Independiente del Valle form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Palmeiras Copa Libertadores form:
  • W
  • W
  • W

Palmeiras form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Team News

Palmeiras' Rony celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on May 4, 2021© Reuters

Centre-back Jose Maria Carrasco has a knee injury and is unlikely to return any time soon, having missed the last two months of the season.

Since giving up five goals on matchday two of this competition, goalkeeper Wellington Ramirez has responded well, making five saves in his last three matches in all competitions and keeping a clean sheet on matchday three.

Winger Breno Lopes is the only injury concern for the Brazilians, as he is going into this match with a stretched ligament.

Raphael Veiga will search for his second goal in this competition, while Wesley is just one assist behind Luiz Adriano for the team lead in this tournament.

Independiente del Valle possible starting lineup:
Ramirez; Estacio, Tenorio, Segovia; Sanchez, Uca, Pellerano, Faravelli, Montenegro; Murillo, Escobar

Palmeiras possible starting lineup:
Weverton; Luan, Gomez, Renan; Rocha, Veiga, Danilo, Wesley, Luis; Rony, Adriano

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We say: Independiente del Valle 1-3 Palmeiras

The Brazilians know what it takes to go far in this competition, and they have the tools to win it all once again.

Independiente del Valle should keep the score respectable, given they are playing at home, where they thrive, but they will have a hard time matching the speed and aggression that Palmeiras possess.

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