Group E: Group of Death
Boca Juniors is one of the most successful teams in South America. That’s why Los Xeneizes were the favorites to finish atop their Copa Libertadores group. Well, it turns out that they’re on the brink of elimination. Deportivo Cali and Corinthians ended up turning Group E into the Group of Death. All three still have a chance to finish in first place but each team could also get eliminated.
Los Xeneizes, who remain unbeaten when playing at home, come in as the betting online favorites at -265. However, all the visitors need to advance is a draw.
Boca Juniors Highly Motivated
As mentioned before, Boca Juniors is a very successful team. Last Sunday, Los Xeneizes won the Primera Division (Argentina) title by defeating Tigre 3-0 in the Grand Finale. Marcos Rojo, Frank Fabra and Luis Vazquez were the scorers.
The above means two things: Los Xeneizes are highly motivated and much less pressured. Plus, they’ve had enough time to celebrate and recover physically.
Regarding the Copa Libertadores, Boca sits in third place with seven points, one less than Cali and Corinthians. Most recently, they drew 1-1 to the Brazilian side at La Bombonera. Considering that Corinthians played the last 20 minutes with 10 players, they should have won.
Here’s why a draw wouldn’t be enough for Los Xeneizes. They own a goal-differential of -1 while Corinthians’ is +1. There’s also the fact that the Brazilians won the series between the two, winning the first leg 2-0. Last, but not least, Corinthians is very likely to beat Always Ready.
In other words, Boca needs to go all-in right from the start. The good news is that Los Xeneizes haven’t lost in their last nine games at home in all competitions. That’s why they come in as the soccer betting favorites. By the way, to win $100 wagering on them, you would need to place a $265 bet.
Cali Winless on Road
Deportivo Cali sits atop Group E with eight points thanks to a 2-2-1 record, seven goals for and only three against. No other team in the group has scored more goals than the Colombians. Eventually, that could give them the advantage.
Last week, Cali defeated Always Ready (not so ready) 3-0 at home. Jhon Vasquez was the Man of the Match after scoring two goals. Harold Mosquera also scored. The visitors played the last 10 minutes with one less player, but Cali was up 2-0 when Marc Enoumba got the red card.
The good news for Los Cafeteros is that, as mentioned before, they only need a draw. However, if they lose and Corinthians wins, they would be relegated to third place.
Besides Vasquez, Kevin Velasco has also been playing very well. He has three assists, enough to be among the tournament’s leaders. Goalkeeper Guillermo de Amores also deserves some praise. Cali has finished with a clean sheet in three of their previous five games. He has a lot to do with that.
The visitors are offering a +750 price in the sportsbook to win straight up, while the draw is +350. If you bet $100 on them and they pull off the stunner, your payout would be $850.
By the way, if you want to increase your winning chances, you should check our preview of Atletico Mineiro vs Tolima.
Boca Juniors vs Cali Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 11
- Boca Juniors Victories: 5 (18 goals)
- Deportivo Cali Victories: 2 (10 goals)
- Draws: 4
Deportivo Cali won the first leg 2-0 with goals from Guillermo Burdisso and Vasquez. Both were assisted by Velasco. It was a very physical game in which the referee ended up showing five yellow cards in total.
The last time they met at La Bombonera, also in the Group Stage of the Copa Libertadores (2016), Boca Juniors won 6-2.
Boca Juniors vs Cali Game Information
- Date: Thursday
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Location: La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Boca Juniors vs Cali Live Stream: fuboTV
Boca Juniors vs Cali Betting Lines
|Boca Juniors||-1 -135||-250||2½ +120o||1½ -130o
|Deportivo Cali||+1 +105||+750||2½ -150u||½ +110o
Boca Juniors vs Cali Prediction
Boca Juniors is the better team, but Los Xeneizes were more focused on winning the domestic title. Having achieved it, they no longer have an excuse to limit their potential. Deportivo Cali won’t be easy prey, though. Led by Vasquez, Los Cafeteros are going to do some damage on the counter-attack. Enough for me to recommend you include the over in your soccer picks.
Score Prediction: Boca Juniors 2, Deportivo Cali 1
Pick: Over 2½ goals (+120)