Athletico-PR welcome River Plate to the Arena da Baixada on Wednesday at 22:15 pm (UK Time) for the first leg of their Copa Libertadores round of 16 clash.
After a terrible run of results between September and the beginning of November, Athletico-PR managed to put their Serie A campaign back on track with four consecutive victories. The most impressive fact is that they have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games, which is a huge improvement in comparison with the previous months. At home, the Brazilians have only lost three of their last 12 competitive games and are currently on a two-game winning streak. In addition, Athletico-PR are unbeaten in their two home meetings with River Plate while keeping a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, River Plate have also been in fine shape of late, having won six of their last eight competitive outings. They head into this clash on the back of a three-game winning streak, having conceded just once in the process. River Plate have also been a solid side while on the road, having won three and drawn two of their most recent five trips. Furthermore, the Argentines have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five competitive away fixtures. It also has to be said that River Plate won their Copa Libertadores group in a comfortable manner, with four wins, one draw and one defeat in six rounds.
Can Athletico-PR extend their winning streak? Or will River Plate secure a fourth consecutive away victory?
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Athletico-PR and River Plate’s previous line-ups:
Athletico-PR (vs Santos): Santos, Erick, Henrique, Heleno, Da Silva Santos, Wellington, Christian, Cittadini Leo, Nascimento Satorno, de Souza, Nikao.
River Plate (vs Banfield): Bologna, Angileri, Pinola, Rojas, Sosa, Casco, Ferreira, Ponzio, Fernandez, Pratto, Alvarez.
Athletico-PR can’t count on the services of Marcio Azevedo, Lucho Gonzalez, Jonathan and Vitinho as all four are on the sidelines through injury. This means we should see the same starting lineup from their recent match against Santos.
Ignacio Fernandez is the only injured player for River Plate, with the 30-year-old midfielder missing due to a muscle injury.