Banfield host River Plate today at the Florencio Sola Stadium in a match for the 12th round of the Argentine Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021. After losing their last domestic league game, Marcelo Gallardo's side will be looking for a victory to stay among the top 4 teams in the Group A standings of the Primera División. Here you will find everything there is to know about this game, such as the preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
The Millonarios suffered a 2-1 defeat to San Lorenzo at the Monumental Stadium last Sunday, but recovered with a 2-1 home win over Junior of Barranquilla, Colombia, in a Group D match for the Copa Libertadores 2021.
Meanwhile, Banfield will try to cut their negative run of two straight games without wins playing at home. They played on Wednesday in a Copa Argentina game, in which they beat Deportivo Madryn, from the fourth tier of Argentine soccer, 1-0. In the Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021, the Taladro drew 1-1 with Argentinos Juniors last week.
Banfield vs River Plate: Match Information
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (ET)
Location: Florencio Sola Stadium, Buenos Aires
Banfield vs River Plate: Time by State in the US
ET: 3:30 PM
CT: 2:30 PM
MT: 1:30 PM
PT: 12:30 PM
Banfield vs River Plate: Storylines
This will be the 90th meeting between these two teams in the Argentine Primera División tournament (professional era). River hold the advantage with 47 victories, while Banfield have won 18 games. The other 24 matches have finished in a draw.
For Sunday's encounter, Gallardo will give some rest to most of his usual first-team players, thinking in the Millonarios' next Copa Libertadores 2021 game against Independiente Santa Fe, on May 5.
Banfield need a victory to get close to the top 4 spots in the standings. After the 13 rounds of the group stage, the first top 4 teams of each group will qualify for the Championship Phase.
Banfield vs River Plate: Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 Standings
With only two rounds remaining, River Plate are in third place in Group A with 18 points after 11 games, while Banfield are in the 8th position with 14. Colón, who haven't win in their last four league games, lead the table with 21 points.
Banfield vs River Plate: Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 Top Scorers
River Plate's striker Rafael Santos Borré is one of the tournament's leading goalscorer with 7 goals. He shares the top of the standings with Colón's Luis 'El Pulga' Rodríguez. Giuliano Galoppo is Banfield's top scorer in the competition with 4 goals.
How to watch or live stream Banfield vs River Plate in the US
The Argentine Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 game between Banfield and River Plate to be played today at the Florencio Sola stadium will be broadcast in the US by Fanatiz, TyC Sports Internacional, Paramount+.
Banfield vs River Plate: Predictions and Odds
Although the Millonarios will keep most of their regular first-team players on the bench, oddsmakers put them as the big favorites to win Sunday's game. According to DraftKings, Banfield have odds of +375, while it gives River odds of -148. A tie would result in a +255 payout.
* Odds via DraftKings