River Plate vs Athletico Paranaense Predictions and Match Preview

River Plate vs Athletico Paranaense
South America – Recopa Sudamericana
Date: Friday, 31st May 2019
Kick-off at 01.30 UK/ 02.30 CET
Venue: Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti (Buenos Aires).

River Plate lifted the prestigious Copa Libertadores the last time, after defeating arch-rivals Boca Juniors in a highly tense two-legged tie. As a result, they qualified for the Recopa. Athletico took the Sudamericana after an inspirational campaign.

The first leg of the Recopa ended in a 1-0 home win for Paranaense. The thrilling affair saw the hosts of the day finding the back of the net in the 25th minute. Though River tired their best to level things up, the home defense was up to the job.

Later in the heated affair, the guests were reduced to ten as the ref brandished red.

River Plate vs Athletico Paranaense Head-to-head (h2h)

  • These two teams have met each other just thrice.
  • Two of those came as part of the Sudamericana in 2006.
  • The third and last encounter was the first leg of this year’s Recopa.
  • Athletic won the game with a 1-0 home win.

River Plate vs Athletico Paranaense Prediction

One main thing to be noted about the Recopa is that away goals do not hold any special value. As such, River could rightly employ their home advantage without any worries.

The team has a fantastic record at home this season. They were unbeaten in ten of their last eleven matches and won eight of them as well. River also scored two or more goals in ten of their last eleven such fixtures and registered 31 in total in these games.

Athletic, on the other hand, are winless in their last eight away ties, and in nine of their last ten as well. They also lost seven of these ten matches too and conceded two or more goals in four of the last six attempts.

Finally, the home advantage of River is really one to be feared, and after their emphatic win over their arch-rivals Boca, through which the team qualified for this final, they are not letting it go in front of their home crowd.

Plate holds the cards and has the upper hand.

River Plate vs Athletico Paranaense Betting Tips

  • River Plate to Win @ 1.60 (3/5)
  • The Hosts to Score the First Goal @ 1.40 (2/5).