Boca Juniors will try to return to victory in the Argentine Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 today when they visit Independiente at the Libertadores de América Stadium. Here you will find everything there is to know about this exciting derby, such as the match preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds and how to watch or live stream the game in the US.
The Xeneizes suffered a 2-1 home defeat at La Bombonera against Talleres in their last league match, but recovered with a convincing 3-0 win over second-tier team Defensores de Belgrano for the Copa Argentina. Miguel Ángel Russo's side needs a win today to climb positions in the standings.
Independiente, on the other hand, have been one of the best teams so far in the Copa de la Liga Profesional. However, they will be without their striker and captain Silvio Romero (positive for Covid-19) and playmaker Lucas González (called for Argentina U-23 national team).
Independiente vs Boca Juniors: Match Information
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM (ET)
Location: Libertadores de América Stadium, Buenos Aires
Independiente vs Boca Juniors: Time by State in the US
ET: 8:00 PM
CT: 7:00 PM
MT: 6:00 PM
PT: 5:00 PM
Independiente vs Boca Juniors: Storylines and Head-to-Head
This will be the 187th meeting between Boca Juniors and Independiente in the professional era. The Xeneizes have won 70 games, while the Reds have claimed 61. The other 55 have finished in draw.
They haven't faced each other in more than a year. The last time they played was in January, 2020, when they drew 0-0 in a match that both sides finished with 10 men. Although Independiente will be the hosts today and are better positioned in the standings, they will be without many of their key players, such as Romero, González and Alan Franco, who was recently transferred to Atlanta United of the MLS.
Boca's midfielder Edwin Cardona could not recover on time to be included for this game. The Colombian playmaker has been one of the team's best players this season, but he is still recovering from an injury.
Independiente vs Boca Juniors: Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 Standings
The Reds suffered a 1-0 defeat to Group B leaders Vélez Sarsfield in their last match, but are stil among the top teams in the standings. Independiente are in second place with 12 points after 6 matches, while Boca Juniors are 6th with 9 points.
Independiente vs Boca Juniors: Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 Top Scorers
Silvio Romero and Sebastián Palacios are Independiente leading goalscorers in the Argentine League with 3 goals each. Meanwhile, Colombian winger Sebastián Villa is Boca's top scorer in the tournament, also with 3.
How to watch or live stream Independiente vs Boca Juniors in the US
The Argentine Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 match between Independiente and Boca Juniors to be played today at the Libertadores de América Stadium will be broadcast in the US by Fanatiz USA and Paramount+.
Independiente vs Boca Juniors: Predictions and Odds
Both teams suffered defeats in their latests Argentine league matches. Independiente will be forced to replace 3 of their biggest stars: Silvio Romero (positive for Covid-19), Licas González (Argentine U-23 national team) and Alan Franco (transferred to Atlanta United). That's why oddsmakers put the visitors as the big favorites to win today. According to DraftKings, the Reds have odds of +285, while Boca Juniors have odds of -114. A draw would finish in a +240 payout.
* Odds via DraftKings