2019 Copa Libertadores – Libertad vs Gremio Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Libertad vs Gremio taking place? Friday 2nd August, 2019 – 01:30 (UK)

Where is Libertad vs Gremio taking place? Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción

What television channel is Libertad vs Gremio on? Fox Sports in Latin America / No broadcast in the UK region

Where can I stream Libertad vs Gremio? Fox Sports GO, bet365, Facebook Live

Where can I get tickets for Libertad vs Gremio? Check official club websites for ticket details

THE TEAM NEWS

LIBERTAD

  • Paulo da Silva, Mathias Espinoza and Antonio Bareiro all received rest in the previous game but all three should be available for this match, with Libertad deemed to be at full strength ahead of this tie.
  • Keep an eye on the connection between Macnelly Torres and Oscar Cardozo ahead of this match. While the Colombian playmaker can penetrate any defence with his slick passing ability, Cardozo already has two goals and one assist during the current Libertadores campaign.
  • Libertad are coming off a win in their previous league match and own a W4, L1 mark in their previous five competitive matches, that lone defeat coming in the first leg of this tie against Gremio. Plus, the Paraguayan side are riding a two-game winning streak at home, where they have gone W3, L2 in their last five matches.

GREMIO

  • Michel and Felipe Vizeu remain injured, both players already missed the first leg of this tie, while Pedro Geromel has been suspended after being sent off last week. The rest of the side should be fit and available for this game, including the likes of Walter Kannemann and Paulo Victor who received rest this past weekend.
  • Everton remains Gremio’s biggest attacking threat thanks to his three goals in the 2019 Copa Libertadores so far. Diego Tardelli could be one to watch as well following his goal in the first leg of this tie.
  • Gremio have been in top form in recent weeks and they are currently riding a nine-game undefeated streak across all competitions (W6, D3) with seven of those games featuring under 2.5 goals. They have also gone undefeated in their last four away matches (W2, D2), having scored at least once in three of those matches.

THE PREDICTION

Expect this game to be extremely tight, since three of Libertad’s last four home matches have ended with under 2.5 goals. Plus, all three previous meetings between these two sides, all of them during this season’s Copa Libertadores, have followed the same outcome. Considering Gremio’s overall strength and Libertad’s inconsistencies, the Brazilian side are likely to move into the next round of the competition.

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