Match Preview for Independiente Medellin vs River Plate
- Tournament: Copa Libertadores 2017
- Date: Thursday, 16th March 2017
- Kick off at 00:00 UK/ 01:00 CET
- Venue: Estadio Atanasio Girardot.
Independiente Medellin have been enjoying the best days in the last decade after winning the sixth Apertura title in the last term of Colombian Primera A.
The team led by Luis Zubeldia opened the new campaign in the domestic competition in a fabulous way as they top the table being nine points clear after nine rounds of the competition.
Medellin will open their Copa Libertadores campaign with the home clash against River Plate on Wednesday evening at Estadio Stanasio Girardot.
Medelling have been enjoying a terrific shape over the last couple of weeks. The team netted as many as seven goals in the last two wins over Deportivo Calli and Deportivo Pasto.
The weekend’s victory was the fourth on the trot for Zubeldia and his men who are going to make their first Copa Libertadores appearance since 2010.
River Plate are far from the top of the standings after 15 rounds of the competition in the top flight of Argentine football.
Marcelo Gallardo and his men are handicapped because they only played a single competitive match in this year (a goalless draw with Union Santa Fe last weekend).
River reached the knockout stage of Copa Libertadores last year, but only to be eliminated on the first obstacle losing 2-1 on aggregate to Ecuadorian Independiente del Valle.
Medellin vs River Plate: Head to head
The two teams will take on each other for the first time in history in the opening match of the group 3.
Medellin vs River Plate: Prediction
The hosts have been on an amazing run lately and we should not be surprised to see them as 1/1 favourites to claim the victory at the start of the competition.
Zubeldia has a deadly lineup of attackers in Valentin Viola and Juan Caicedo and we can expect them to maintain the fine scoring form and help the team take three points against River.
Independiente Medellin vs River Plate: Bets
The number one betting prediction will be home win at the odds of 1/1.
You can alternatively go with Medellin Over 1.5 team goals at 11/8..