A spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores is there for the taking as Boca Juniors play host to Corinthians on Tuesday in the second leg of the knockout stage. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the top soccer news competitions.
Boca Junior: Attacking Issues
Boca Juniors looks ready to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores competition when it plays host to Corinthians on Tuesday in the second leg of their Round of 16 matchups. The teams played to a goalless draw in the first leg last week after Boca Juniors went to win Group E with 10 points picked up in six games.
Boca Juniors has enjoyed plenty of success in this competition over the years, winning six times and finishing as runner-up on five occasions. Boca Juniors has not dropped a competitive fixture when tallying first all year, though they are without a goal in their previous two matches played in all competitions. In the first leg, they had a defensive approach with lots of direct pressing, as their fullbacks and midfielders have provided plenty of stability to a system that focuses on a solid build-up play from the back.
Boca Juniors picked up their last Copa Libertadores title back in 2007 when they saw off Gremio in the finals, but have since fallen short in the final on two different occasions, losing to Corinthians and River Plate in 2012 and 2015 respectively. They are not exactly in the best shape so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Corinthians: Strong Season
Corinthians will take to the pitch without the midfield duo of Paulinho and Ruan Oliveira, who have been sidelined through cruciate ligament injuries. Losing has been a rare feeling for Corinthians this season, as they suffered their worst defeat of the year this past weekend, 4-0 at Fluminense.
Finding the back of the net has been a problem for them in previous appearances in this competition, failing to score a goal in their last two knockout round appearances, with their last tally in the round of 16 coming against Boca Juniors in 2013, though they went on to lose that tie 2-1 on aggregate. The last time they made it beyond this point of the competition was in 2012 when they went on to win the competition for the first time in its history.
Forward Roger Guedes missed the chance to help his team beat Boca Juniors in the first leg failing to score from the penalty spot in the first half of the match. The man-oriented system traditionally employed by Portuguese manager Vitor Pereira has turned them into a rugged defensive unit, who are usually difficult to break down, conceding the second-fewest goals this season in their domestic league. Maycon notched a brace for Corinthians in their 2-0 victory over Boca Juniors in the group stage of this tournament so if you’re betting online and you love your props, you should back him to find the back of the net.
Boca Juniors vs Corinthians Head-to-Head
These teams met three times already this season and Boca Juniors is still waiting for a win. Corinthians has been great this season in all competitions, but so was Boca Juniors, who won the Copa de la Liga Profesional, the first part of the Argentinian championship. Boca Juniors and Corinthians drew at halftime in two of their last three head-to-head meetings. All three games that Boca Juniors and Corinthians played against each other this season have seen a maximum of two goals. Boca Juniors averaged 1.43 goals per game in the competition so far, while Corinthians averaged 1.29 goals per game in Copa Libertadores this season.
Boca Juniors vs Corinthians Game Info
- Game: Boca Juniors (3-3-1) vs Corinthians (2-4-1)
- Location: Estadio Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, July 5, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Boca Juniors vs Corinthians Betting Lines
|Boca Juniors||-½ +105||+105||2Evo||1½+160o / 1½-200u|
|Corinthians||+½ -135||+335||2-130u||½-135o / ½+105u|
Boca Juniors vs Corinthians Predictions
The hosts enter this clash as favorites being priced at +105 on the three-way Moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at two.
While this may not be the best Boca Juniors side that we have ever seen, playing at home and having the experience on their side should be enough for the hosts to advance further in the competition. It’s a bit dangerous to bet on the Moneyline so we will avoid it and look elsewhere.
Corinthians have not been particularly sharp in the attacking third away from home, and they may struggle with their rhythm with so many injury issues. On the other side, Boca Juniors should not be able to score more than once so we don’t expect more than two goals in the match.