2019 Copa Libertadores – Flamengo vs Emelec Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Flamengo vs Emelec taking place? Thursday 1st August, 2019 – 01:30 (UK)

Where is Flamengo vs Emelec taking place? Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

What television channel is Flamengo vs Emelec on? Fox Sports in Latin America / No broadcast in UK region

Where can I stream Flamengo vs Emelec? Fox Sports GO, bet365

Where can I get tickets for Flamengo vs Emelec? Check official club websites for ticket details

THE TEAM NEWS

FLAMENGO

  • Flamengo will be without two important pieces on the attacking end since Vitinho and Diego Ribas are both out due to injury. The rest of the squad, however, is fit and available.
  • Everton Ribeiro has been Flamengo’s top player this season. The 30-year-old midfielder has not featured in his side’s last three matches but he should be fit enough to play here. He has three goals in six Libertadores appearances so far.
  • Flamengo surprisingly lost the first leg of this tie by a 2-0 score, and they have delivered a poor W2, D1, L2 mark in their last five competitive matches. They have gone W4, L1 in their last five home games, although only two of those wins have come by a margin over 1.5 goals.

EMELEC

  • Emelec will be without star right-back Juan Carlos Paredes, although he will be the side’s lone absentee ahead of this contest.
  • One of the top scorers in the current Copa Libertadores campaign is Emelec's Bryan Angulo who already has four goals in the competition. He scored in Emelec’s previous visit to Brazil (2-1 win over Cruzeiro) earlier this year.
  • Emelec enter this tie with a two-goal lead on the aggregate score thanks to their win in the first leg, and they have lost just once in their last five competitive matches (W3, D1, L1). They have also excelled on the road in recent weeks, going undefeated in their last five away from home (W4, D1).

THE PREDICTION

Flamengo look like the stronger side on paper and have defeated Emelec in their previous three meetings on Brazilian soil. However, the home side’s form has not been spectacular, while Emelec have looked strong on the road and have a two-goal lead on this tie. Flamengo could come out on top here, but Emelec should secure a spot in the quarter-finals if they keep performing at a high level defensively.

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