Independiente vs Corinthians
South America – Copa Libertadores
Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018
Kick-Off at 01:45 UK
Venue: Estadio Libertadores de America (Buenos Aires).
Independiente host Corinthians in the derby of the Matchday in Copa Libertadores on Wednesday evening at Estadio Libertadores de America. The Brazilian champions got off to a fine kick off to the campaign in the continental competition where they are yet to concede a goal ahead of the third round’s clash with Independiente.
The team led by Fabio Carille first played a goalless draw away at Milonarios before beating Venezuelan Deportivo Lara 2-0 at home a month ago. Independiente sit second in the group after clinching three points from two opening rounds. A win here would see them overtake the Brazilian outfit at the top of the standings, but getting one will be quite a challenging task given Corinthians’ form.
Nonetheless, Arien Holan’s side will come into the game in high spirits after clinching back-to-back wins in Superliga. The last one came on Sunday evening when the Reds dispatched Boca Juniors 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Martin Benitez.
Independiente vs Corinthians: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between Independiente and Boca Juniors.
Independiente vs Corinthians: Prediction
The hosts play very tight under Ariel Holan. None of last six games they played in all competitions saw three or more goals. Their goal difference in Copa Libertadores is 1-1 after two rounds. This, combined with the importance of the third-round tie with Corinthians, suggests we should we in for a low-scoring contest here. You can back the Under 2.5 goals FT bet as a banker at 1.44.
Timao also showed a rock-solid defense so far in the competition. They kept clean sheets against both Milonarios and Deportivo Lara. Given that Independiente play ultra-defensive football, we would not even be surprised to witness a goalless draw here. Braver punters will definitely fancy the 6.50 odds offered for such an outcome.
Independiente vs Corinthians: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.44
Correct Score 0-0 @ 6.50