Velez Sarsfield and River Plate meet in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores last 16 tie at Estadio José Amalfitani on Thursday morning (1:30am, UK time).
It’s now 28 years since Velez Sarsfield won their sole Copa title. Across three previous tournament appearances they’ve failed to go beyond the last 16. As for Los Millonarios they are chasing a fifth title with their most recent coming during the 2017/18 season.
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Playing in successive Copa editions Vélez Sarsfield were drawn in Group C with Estudiantes, Nacional and Red Bull Bragantino subsequently finishing second behind Estudiantes while registering 12 goals albeit conceding 11 times. Julio Vaccari’s men would pick up two wins from six played, on the road at Nacional (2-3) and at home against Estudiantes (4-0), across both of those games Lucas Janson would bag three goals. Janson, consequently, is Vélez Sarsfield’s leading scorer on four goals leaving him three behind Palmeiras forward Rafael Navarro in the golden boot race.
This is River Plate’s eighth consecutive season participating in the Copa with them reaching the quarter-final or beyond on five occasions. The decorated Argentine outfit were placed in Group F alongside Fortaleza, Colo-Colo and Alianza Lima winning five of their six games. Marcelo Gallardo’s men finished the group phase unbeaten and netted 18 times while conceding three goals. Only defending champions Palmeiras have scored more goals (25) while they also shipped in the same amount. Julián Álvarez, who is set to leave for Manchester City, finished as their leading scorer on six strikes.
Scoreline prediction: Velez Sarsfield 1-2 River Plate
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