Tip Club Bolivar - Palmeiras
The 2020 Copa Libertadores tournament gets back underway in midweek with Club Bolivar of Bolivia hosting Palmeiras of Brazil at the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz. It is the third round of group games (this being Group B) after a long delay caused by the global pandemic. The last fixtures of the Copa Libertadores took place in March 2020. Bolivar had recovered from a 2-0 defeat to Guarani of Paraguay by beating Tigre of Argentina by the same scoreline; it leaves them third in the group. Palmeiras are top after winning both of their opening two matches. They kicked off the campaign with a 2-0 win at Tigre before treating their guests Guarani to a 3-1 defeat on matchday two. No player has scored more goals in the group stage than Luiz Adriano, the former Shakhtar Donetsk forward scoring four times across two games, including a hat-trick against Guarani. These clubs have met before in the Copa Libertadores, each winning one game apiece when they clashed in the 1995 campaign. It being a Round of 16 tie, Palmeiras progressed 3-1 on aggregate thanks to a big 3-0 home win. They didn't manage to win in La Paz last time around.
La Paz is the highest capital city in the world and visiting teams often struggle to adapt to the altitude. It is a factor that has given Bolivar an imperious home record in the Copa Libertadores. They have won 12 and only lost one of their last 18 home matches in this competition. Palmeiras have laid down a marker in the opening two matches, earmarking themselves as contenders worthy of backing. They go into this match on the back of a 14-match unbeaten domestic run. In the Libertadores, they are unbeaten in their last four away matches. Bolivar are unbeaten in their last 16 home matches in all competitions but their last game was in March. Even so, we think the unique home advantage they possess makes them worth betting on. Back Bolivar draw no bet.
Key points Club Bolivar - Palmeiras
Club Bolivar have won 12 and only lost one of their last 18 home matches in the Copa Libertadores.
Bolivar are unbeaten in their last 16 home matches in all competitions.
Palmeiras are unbeaten in their last four away Copa Libertadores matches.
Palmeiras are unbeaten in their last 14 domestic matches.
Conclusion Club Bolivar - Palmeiras
Bolivar may be rusty after such a long period away from competitive football. However, we believe playing at home should balance out any rustiness and tip the advantage in their favour. Back them draw no bet.
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Club Bolivar Palmeiras Prediction published on September 15, 2020