As the Copa Libertadores 2021 Group Stage is about to conclude, Boca Juniors and Barcelona de Guayaquil face off today at La Bombonera Stadium in Matchday 5 of Zone C. The Xeneizes head to this game seeking recovery while the Ecuadorian side wants to secure its spot in the last 16 round of the Souht American competition. Check out the match information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
Miguel Angel Russo's boys have recently knocked lifelong rivals River Plate out of the Argentine Copa de la Liga Profesional amid a Covid outbreak in El Millonario's squad. With their sights put on the upcoming semifinals of the local tournament, Boca will try to focus on the Libertadores as well, as they need to get into the top two.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have had a surprising start to their continental journey having won the first three games. Last week, however, they were shocked by The Strongest at La Paz, putting their first seed at risk. Fabián Bustos' side seems close to the next stage, but it has the chance of doing it as leader of the group. Will the Canarios pick up the three points at La Bombonera?
Boca Juniors vs Barcelona SC: Match Information
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 8 PM (ET)
Location: La Bombonera, Buenos Aires
Boca Juniors vs Barcelona SC: Time by State in the US
ET: 8 PM
CT: 7 PM
MT: 6 PM
PT: 5 PM
Boca Juniors vs Barcelona SC: Storylines
Boca Juniors face this game in good spirits after kicking River Plate out of the Argentine League Cup last Sunday. However, coach Miguel Angel Russo needs his team to finish the Libertadores group stage strongly to earn a place in the next round.
The Xeneize are currently outside the Round-of-16 spots, following two straight losses in the tournament. After being beaten by their upcoming rivals in Guayaquil, Santos stunned them last week. However, the Brazilian side's defeat with The Strongest left things wide open in Group C and provided Boca a new opportunity to climb in the standings.
Barcelona SC are in a much more comfortable position due to their impressive beginning, but they can't get completely relaxed as both Boca and Santos could leave them out. Still, a draw would be enough for Bustos' team to seal a place in the last 16.
Boca Juniors vs Barcelona SC: Copa Libertadores 2021 Standings
Boca Juniors are currently tied in Group C with Santos and The Strongest, as all of them share six points, but the Argentine team stands third below the Peixe due to goal difference. The Bolivian side, meanwhile, is at the bottom. Barcelona de Guayaquil are atop the table with nine points so far.
Boca Juniors vs Barcelona SC:Copa Libertadores 2021 Top Scorers
Sebastián Villa is Boca Juniors' leading goalscorer in this tournament as he has been on target twice so far, while Carlos Garcés is Barcelona de Guayaquil's top scorer with three goals.
How to watch or live stream Boca Juniors vs Barcelona SC in the US
Matchday 5 of Copa Libertadores 2021 Group C game to be played between Boca Juniors and Barcelona SC at La Bombonera will be broadcast in the US by Fanatiz, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS en Español.
Boca Juniors vs Barcelona SC: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US haven't revealed their predictions yet, but Caliente did. According to them, Boca Juniors seem favorites with odds of, while Barcelona SC have , and a tie would result in a payout.
* Odds via Caliente.