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River Plate vs Sante Fe live stream, predictions & team news | Copa Libertadores

By Harry Edwards

River Plate vs Sante Fe live stream, predictions & team news | Copa Libertadores

Published: 13:09, 19 May 2021

River Plate will be looking to put themselves in a strong competition to reach the Copa Libertadores knockout stages when they host Santa Fe on Thursday at 1am (UK time).

The Argentinian side are currently second in Group D, two points behind leaders Fluminense, while Sante Fe are bottom and must win to keep their continental hopes alive.

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Where to watch River Plate vs Sante Fe on TV:

  • UK: N/A
  • US: beIN Sports Connect

Scoreline prediction: River Plate 0-6 Sante Fe

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River Plate vs Sante Fe build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:

With two games left in the Copa Libertadores, River Plate find themselves in a good position to continue their continental campaign. Marcelo Gallardo’s men are currently second in Group D, level on points with third-placed Junior having played a game fewer. A win against Santa Fe would see River Plate leapfrog Fluminense after their defeat to Junior, putting the Argentinian side in full control going into their final-day showdown against Fluminense.

While qualification to the Copa Libertadores knockout stages will seem a tall order for Santa Fe, even if they beat River Plate, victory would also put their Copa Sudamericana destiny in their own hands. Santa Fe are bottom of Group D and four points behind Junior, but can cut that gap to just one point with a win this week, before playing their fellow Colombians in the final game of the group. Even a draw would be fine, though it would then require Santa Fe to beat Junior by three goals.

  • River Plate (vs Boca Juniors): Diaz*; Montiel*, Maidana, Martinez, Angileri; Ponzio, Perez; Alvarez, Carrascal, Casco; Fontana
  • Santa Fe (vs Fluminense): Castellanos; Porras, Torijano, Moralez, Arboleda; Giraldo, Pico; Gonzalez, Arias, Osorio; Ramos.

River Plate have been hit badly by absences in recent days with 20 of their players unavailable for the visit of Santa Fe, including all their eligible goalkeepers. Santa Fe are also missing three first-team players, but Jeisson Palacios, Diego Valdes and Serhman Cardenas are available and have traveled.

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Player to watch: Enzo Pérez (River Plate)

With all eligible first-team goalkeepers absent, River Plate asked Conmebol to allow them to add two junior shot-stoppers including Alan Leonardo Diaz (who played at the weekend) to their squad list. However, that was rejected by the South American governing body (as River Plate initially could have named a 50-man squad pre-tournament but only chose to name 32), leaving River Plate in a sticky situation.

So, who will be playing in goal? Enzo Perez according to reports.

The 35-year-old central midfielder, who previously spent three years at Benfica and two with Valencia, had to come off in the penalty shootout defeat to Boca Juniors at the weekend with a hamstring injury. However, Perez has been deemed fit enough to fill in between the sticks, given the disastrous situation in which River Plate find themselves.

Perez isn’t the shortest player, at 5ft10, but given the fact he is an outfielder nursing an injury, this could be a cricket score (assuming Santa Fe test him more than his team-mates did in training).

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