Match Preview and Predictions for Botafogo vs Estudiantes
- Tournament: Copa Libertadores 2017
- Date: Wednesday, 15th March
- Kick off at 00:00 UK / 01:00 CET
- Venue: Estadio Nilton Santos.
The opening match of the group 1 in this term of Copa Libertadores will see the clash between the Brazilian Botafogo and the Argentine Estudiantes, who are favourites for the top two positions and the knockout stage of the competition.
This will be the first appearance in the strongest continental competition in South America for the hosts in three years. The visitors made a two-year break before securing the elite once again this year.
Jair Ventura’s men had to go through qualifications to reach the group stage. The defense is what has pushed them through against Colo Colo and Olimpia as they conceded three goals in four matches.
The hosts have generally been in a decent shape lately in Campeonato Carioca 1 where they have three wins in last four fixtures.
Estudiantes have been doing pretty well in Primera Division where they hold the fourth position after 15 rounds of the competition.
The main problem for Nelson Vivas is the lack of competitive matches because the Friday’s away loss to Velez Sarsfield was the first official game for the Argentines in this year.
Botafogo vs Estudiantes: Head to head
The two teams took on each other in the knockout stage of Copa Sudamericana back in 2008.
Estudiantes took a 2-0 victory in Buenos Aires, while the rematch in Brazil has seen a 2-2 draw.
Botafogo vs Estudiantes: Prediction
The hosts should be in a much better shape since they went through qualifications. Their players have much more games in legs and we see a decent value in backing Botafogo to win the match at the odds of 19/20.
The key for Jair Ventura and his men will lie in the defense which is why we see the Under 2.5 goals bet as the second top pick at the 17/20 odds.
Botafogo vs Estudiantes: Bet Tips
Home win is the top pick at 8/11.
Under 2.5 goals FT is an alternative at 17/20.