Palmeiras vs Barcelona SC
Date: Thursday, 10th August 2017
Kick-off at 1:45 UK/ 2:45 CET
Venue: Allianz Parque (Sao Paulo).
Palmeiras have a difficult task at hand when they welcome the Bolivian club that goes by the name of famous La Liga giants Barcelona.
The Brazilians conceded a late injury time goal and fell to a 1-0 when the teams met at Guayaquil a month ago.
Barcelona SC are dark horses in the tournament and so far surprised many with their fearless approach. They defeated the likes of Estudiantes and Botafogo en-route to the knockout stage and look hungry for more scalp. The run resembles to the one that they made during their only previous knockout stage appearance in 2004. That time, they fell to Colombian outfit Once Caldas.
The Bolivians have already earned a win in Brazilian soil this season when they visited Botafogo for the group stage fixture.
Palmeiras are in some decent form lately and picked up 4 wins and 2 draws from their last 7 matches in all competitions. They are heading into this match on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico PR, which put an end to their 6 match unbeaten streak.
At the Copa Libertadores, Palmeiras won 4, lost 2 and drew 1 during their 7 matches so far. They are one of the high scoring teams with 13 goals to their name. However, their defense has always leaked goals and conceded 10 so far.
Also, their home record at the competition over the years is a solid one. they lost just twice from the last 14, registering 10 wins and 2 draws.
Palmeiras vs Barcelona SC: Head-to-head
The first leg meeting won by Barcelona on a 1-0 margin is their only meeting with Palmeiras so far.
Palmeiras vs Barcelona SC: Prediction
This could be a cagey affair with Barcelona coming with their fearless attitude. They do have an advantage after letting no away goal in the first leg. With a strong away record, Barcelona are poised to trouble Palmeiras. If not win, then a good enough result to ensure their path to the quarter finals.