River Plate will be seeking to kick off their Copa de la Liga Profesional campaign on a positive note when they welcome Banfield to the Estadio Libertadores de America on Wednesday at 12am (UK Time).
River Plate had a solid Copa Libertadores group stage campaign, having finished top of Group D with 13 points after six rounds. They have been the best team in the group by far, having scored 21 goals and conceded just six.
Los Millonarios are now back at the Estadio Libertadores de America, where they have been playing brilliantly over the past nine months. River Plate are undefeated in six home games across all competitions while winning five. In addition, they are unbeaten in their last three home meetings with Banfield.
Meanwhile, Banfield finished only 17th in the Argentine Primera Division last season, with just six victories from 23 games. They are winless in six games across all competitions at the moment, having lost three and drawn three in that time.
The most worrying fact is that Banfield have scored just two goals in their last six matches. However, it must be said that Banfield have looked like a solid team on the road over the past year. They have only lost once in their last ten trips (with that defeat coming against River Plate) and have conceded just twice in the process.
Will River Plate secure a fourth consecutive win at the Estadio Libertadores de America? Or can Banfield nick a shock away result?
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River Plate and Banfield’s previous line-ups:
- River Plate (vs LDU Quito): Bologna; Paredes, Zuculini, Rojas, Angileri; Sosa, Ponzio, Carrascal, Alvarez, Ferreira; Pratto.
- Banfield (vs Gimansia): Arboleda; Coronel, Maldonado, Lollo, Bravo; Gomez, Bertolo, Rodriguez, Urzi, Lenis; Velazquez.
Coach Marcelo Gallardo might introduce Santiago Sosa in the starting line-up here, as the 21-year-old got an assist soon after he came on last time out. Ignacio Fernandez picked up a slight injury a couple of weeks ago, but he should be back in the squad.
Sebastian Dubarbier, Jonas Gutierrez and Dani Osvaldo were all missing for Banfield in their most recent competitive game. However, they should be back to face River Plate.