Lanus vs River Plate
Date: Wednesday, 1st November 2017
Kick-off at 00:15 UK/ 01:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Ciudad de Lanus.
River Plate have slender 1-0 lead to take to Lanus for the second leg of the Copa Liberators semifinal.
Ignacio Scocco scored the lone goal with 8 minutes left on the clock when the teams met a week ago. River created a number of chances, but they rarely managed to test the opposition goal-keeper. Lanus seem to have come to park the bus at Buenos Aires and they will take the 1-0 score-line. They created just one scoring chance in the match.
Lanus had overturned a first leg defeat in the all-Argentine quarter-final affair against San Lorenzo. They clawed back from 2-0 down to a win by same margin before winning the tie on penalties.
Meantime, River also overturned a first leg defeat in the previous round. They were mauled 3-0 by the Bolivian side Jorge Wilstermann. But then unleashed the venom in the return leg to register a record win by a massive 8-0 margin.
Both teams rested all eleven players that started in the first leg for their domestic fixture for the weekend and each suffered heavy 4-0 defeats.
Lanus vs River Plate: Head-to-head
Lanus eliminated River Plate in the 2013 edition of the Copa Sudamericana with a 3-1 win at home before the first leg at Buenos Aires ended in a goal-less stalemate.
Since then, River had lost just once in the 6 meetings with Lanus, 3 wins and 2 draws.
Lanus vs River Plate: Predictions
This is expected to be a much more aggressive game than in the first leg as River only have a slender lead to guard.
Lanus are a more than capable team while playing at home. Meanwhile River have some of the best footballing talents in their ranks. So it is hard to predict the final outcome of the game.
I will surely bank on goal-markets as this match is very likely to open up in the second half.
Lanus vs River Plate: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score @ 1.97
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.33.
Yet, Over 1.5 match goals can be considered a banker with odds offered at a decent 1.40.
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