After a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores round of 16 clash, River Plate will look to maximize their home advantage and qualify for the next stage of the competition when they welcome Athletico-PR to the Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti on Tuesday at 22:15 pm (UK Time).
River Plate come into this clash on the back of a five-game unbeaten streak across all competitions, having won four in the process. Their only draw during this run was on the road at Athletico-PR in the first leg of this tie last week. River Plate are now back on home soil where they have suffered just two defeats in their last nine competitive fixtures. The Argentines have scored at least once in each of their last nine home games and have kept four clean sheets in the process. Furthermore, they beat Athletico-PR 3-0 in the most recent home meeting with the Brazilians.
Meanwhile, Athletico-PR’s excellent run of form ended at the weekend as they lost 3-0 on the road at Palmeiras. This means they are now winless in two competitive games if we include the first-leg match against River Plate. Prior to their defeat at Palmeiras on Saturday, Athletico were on a two-game winning streak on the road, but overall they have lost six of their last nine competitive trips. Head-to-head, Athletico-PR are the team with the better record as they have won two of their five meetings with River Plate while losing just one. It will be interesting to see if Athletico-PR can book their place in the quarter-finals especially after conceding a late equaliser in the first leg last week.
Will River Plate extend their unbeaten streak to six games? Or will Athletico-PR manage to get back to winning ways here and take another step towards the trophy?
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River Plate and Athletico-PR’s previous line-ups:
- River Plate (vs Rosario Central): Bologna, Angileri, Pinola, Rojas, Moreira, De La Cruz Arcosa, Ponzio, Zuculini, Pratto, Girotti, Alvarez.
- Athletico-PR (vs Palmeiras): Krepski, Joao Victor, Heleno, Henrique, Erick, Christian, Wellington, Cittadini Leo, De Souza, Walter, Bissoli Campos.
Ignacio Fernandez is the only injury concern for River Plate, as the 30-year-old midfielder is still missing due to a muscle injury.
As for Athletico-PR, coach Paulo Autuori won’t be able to rely on the services of Jonathan, Vitinho and Marcio Azevedo.