Tip Boca Juniors - CA River Plate (Arg)
This match means a lot to both teams, to put it in context, the last time the two faced off in the Copa Libertadores, cases of fan trouble were witnessed before River Plate were awarded a 3 – 0 win in May 2015. There is no sign that will happen again here, with both sides having agreed to bar away fans from attending either of the two legged affair. This clash has grown to be a favorite for River Plate, as they have claimed three straight wins over Boca Juniors. River Plate have had a tougher route to the final and needed to overturn a home loss to Brazilian side, Gremio for a 2 – 2 aggregate draw for their place in the clash; their path was also marred with controversies and suspensions but here they are and for 90 minutes, the world of football will be at a standstill as far as the Copa Libertadores is concerned. Boca Juniors had a rather smooth and straight forward route to the final but here there will be all to play for with Boca Juniors starting at home. Two points separate the teams back in the Argentine league with Boca on 18 points and in eighth place while River are 10th on 16 points. River are however the best defensive side in the league back home, having conceded just five goals and will be out to spread that effect in arguably their most important game on Saturday. Boca are unbeaten in eight Copa Libertadores matches ahead of this clash and have lost just once on the last 12 in the competition. Playing at home, they have four straight wins, with clean sheets in all and scoring 11 goals in the process. River on the other hand, have also lost once in the last 12. They are unbeaten in the last six away matches in the competition, winning three and drawing three.
Key points Boca Juniors - CA River Plate (Arg)
River Plate have five wins over Boca in the last six meetings.
River Plate have one loss in the last 12 Copa Libertadores matches.
Boca Juniors are unbeaten in the last eight Copa Libertadores matches.
Conclusion Boca Juniors - CA River Plate (Arg)
One aspect that will play out in the final is the effect of the away side having no fans allowed in when this match gets underway, not that it has favored Boca so much anyway, because they have lost in each of the last three home matches against River. Ahead of the game, River have been war hardened by the rough terrain they have negotiated to get here but Boca have beaten Cruzeiro, Palmeiras and Libertad convincingly in their last three home matches in this competition and will be ready for River. Both sides have had a great run in the competition as they go to this clash and being a derby in a final, it may be hard to make a pick. Boca have not scored in the last three meetings between the two sides but going by their home record in this competition, we can’t rule out a goal from them. A good bet here is for both teams to score and the match could produce more than 2.5 goals.
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Boca Juniors CA River Plate (Arg) Prediction published on November 8, 2018