Boca Juniors vs River Plate, the most exciting clash in Argentine soccer will take place this weekend. The Superclásico is going to be held once again at La Bombonera, the emblematic home of the Xeneize, in the fifth round of the Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021. Like any time these two powerful sides meet, there's a lot of excitement before the kickoff. Here, we'll take a look into the match preview, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch the Superclásico in the US.
Boca are heading to this challenging game with certain optimism after an impressive 7-1 win against Vélez last weekend. However, in the recent years River Plate was a bit stronger in Argentina's greatest derby, which places the Xeneize in a demanding position to turn things around.
Marcelo Gallardo's team has suffered an unexpected defeat against Argentinos Juniors in the last round. Nevertheless, River bounced back several times under the current manager's tenure and in the Superclásicos they usually pull off the best from themselves.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Match Information
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Time: 5 PM (ET)
Location: La Bombonera, Buenos Aires
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Time by State in the US
ET: 5 PM
CT: 4 PM
MT: 3 PM
PT: 2 PM
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Storylines and Head-to-Head
This will be the second Superclásico in 2021. However, it doesn't matter if these two have faced each other recently or not, any time they clash there's a lot of excitement in the previous days or even weeks before the game. The clash comes soon in the tournament, but the result may be important for the future of both in the competition.
Even though Boca Juniors land to this round with a very good feeling, they struggled at home lately. In their two games played at La Bombonera this season, they couldn't defeat Gimnasia and Sarmiento. On the road things worked out in a better way for Miguel Ángel Russo's squad, but they need to start picking up three points at their own ground. The next match is against a hard opponent to achieve it, though.
River Plate visit La Bombonera for the second time this year. Early in 2021, the Superclásico ended 2-2 after an eventful 90 minutes. However, the Millonario arrive to this clash with the need of recovery, and although it doesn't seem like an easy job, they looked really strong in these type of games recently. River recorded good memories defeating Boca ever since Gallardo was appointed in 2014.
The Superclásico obviously has a very long history in Argentine soccer and it is one of the most famous rivalries of this sport. These two teams have played 202 times against each other. Boca Juniors won 74 matches, while River Plate got the triumph in 65 duels, and they tied on 63 occasions. Moreover, the Xeneize can't beat the Millonario at home since 2015.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 Standings
Only four rounds have been played so far in the Copa de la Liga Profesional. Still, River Plate are at the sixth place in the Group A with six points, while Boca Juniors remain undefeated up to now with eight points, which place them at the fourth spot of Group B.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 Top Scorers
Boca Juniors: Sebastián Villa, Gonzalo Maroni, Carlos Izquierdoz, Edwin Cardona (2 each)
River Plate: Matías Suárez (2)
How to watch or live stream Boca Juniors vs River Plate in the US
The Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate for the fifth round of the Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 to be played at La Bombonera will be broadcasted in the US by Fanatiz and TyC Sports Internacional.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Predictions and Odds
Like most of the Superclásicos, it may be too difficult to tell who are favorites. Both look very strong and the win could be claimed by any of these two. DraftKings are not seeing a favorite side, as both Boca Juniors and River Plate were given odds of +160 to win the game, while a tie would result in a +215 payout.
* Odds via DraftKings