Flamengo vs River Plate
2019 Copa Libertadores Final
Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Monumental (Lima).
This edition of the iconic Copa Libertadores comes to an end with the climactic showdown between two heavyweights from archrivals, Brazil, and Argentina. While form is surely on the sides of Flamengo, experience, and sheer will dictate that River Plate will come out on top.
Flamengo vs River Plate Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two have fought each other just twice, and both fixtures had taken place last year.
- In the group stage of the preceding Libertadores campaign, these two had locked horns, over two legs. While in Argentina, the game ended as a goalless draw, the return fixture saw the teams share the spoils with a 2-2 scorecard.
Flamengo vs River Plate Prediction
River Plate had taken on fierce rivals Boca Juniors in the semi-finals, whom they had beaten in the final of this very competition the preceding campaign. The first leg ended with the former scoring two unanswered goals at home, while the return leg ended with Juniors recording a 1-0 win, which turned useless as the aggregate favored Marcelo Gallardo’s men.
Meanwhile, Flamengo had to deal with the away handicap in the first leg of their semi-final, which ended in a 1-1 draw, however, the second leg ended in absolute disaster for opponents Gremio. Flamengo cruised to a 5-0 victory to stylishly take a step towards glory.
In the final, both squads will be arriving with confidence. However, the Argentinians are better in that regard, due to them being the defending champions and their experience in dealing with these kinds of situations. In what probably was the most anticipated two-legged match in Libertadores history, Gallardo’s men had overcome archrivals Boca Juniors in the final of the preceding edition.
This time around, they once again repeated the feat in the semis, and have the rare chance to record back-to-back championships. Moreover, the Argentine club had taken on Flamengo in the group stages of the previous campaign and stood unbeaten in both legs. Impressively, they had registered a 2-2 draw on the road against the Brazilians.
As such, expect River Plate to edge it out for the second title in as many years.
In regards to goals though, the form Flamengo has shown over the course of this season will come into play. They are the top of Serie A table, and by a country mile. They have also scored the most number of goals at 73, with not even one managing to even touch the 60-mark.
Likely, expect goals at either end of the pitch in this highly competitive fixture.
Flamengo vs River Plate Betting Tips
Double Chance: River Plate or Draw @ 1.70 (7/10)
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1).