Junior and River Plate meet for the second time in the Copa Libertadores 2021 Group D today. The Colombian side will be looking for its first win in the tournament, while the Argentine club seeks a triumph that puts them close to the next round. After the 2-1 win for the Millonarios at the Monumental Stadium in the first meeting between these two teams this season, the hosts will be looking for revenge. Check out the match information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
It will be a crucial duel for the hosts' future in the competition. El Tiburón haven't won so far with only three games remaining in the group stage. This might be the last chance for Luis Amaranto Perea's boys to fight for a place in the next round. Will they put some pressure on River and Fluminense?
Meanwhile, Marcelo Gallardo's boys head to this clash after securing a spot in the Argentine Copa de la Liga quarterfinals, where they will meet with archrivals Boca Juniors. Before such an important challenge, El Millonario want to grab the three points in Colombia to take a step towards the Round of 16 and to have a boost ahead of the exciting Superclásico.
Junior vs River Plate: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 8 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Olímpico Romelio Martínez, Barranquilla
Junior vs River Plate: Time by State in the US
ET: 8 PM
CT: 7 PM
MT: 6 PM
PT: 5 PM
Junior vs River Plate: Storylines
Junior de Barranquilla's chances of surviving in the current Libertadores are running out. Los Rojiblancos have only collected two points after three fixtures and find themselves under pressure. Last week, they've tied 1-1 with Fluminense at home.
It's good that they weren't beaten by such a strong rival, but Perea's team only needs wins from now on. Before they meet with Millonarios in the domestic tournament's semifinals, they should focus on a crucial game for their continental aspirations. River Plate always mean a tough ordeal for any opponent, and they must be ready for it.
El Millonario recovered strength after suffering two straight defeats in the Argentine league and find themselves in a good position in South America's competition. However, Gallardo's side come from a goalless draw with Santa Fe, in a game in which they missed many scoring chances. River will travel to Barranquilla seeking a triumph that gives them relief before a demanding clash with Boca on Sunday.
Junior vs River Plate: Copa Libertadores 2021 Standings
After Matchday 3, River Plate are tied with Fluminense with 5 points each but the Brazilians stand above them for scoring one more goal. Meanwhile, Junior have two points, just like Independiente Santa Fe, but they sit third as they had one more shot on target.
Junior vs River Plate: Copa Libertadores 2021 Top Scorers
Junior's Miguel Borja is not only his team's leading goalscorer with five but also one of the top scorers in the tournament as well. On the other hand, three different players were on target for River so far. Gonzalo Montiel, Héctor Martínez, and Julián Alvarez have netted once each.
How to watch or live stream Junior vs River Plate in the US
The Copa Libertadores 2021 Matchday 4 game to be played between Junior and River Plate in Barranquilla will be broadcast in the US by Fanatiz, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
Junior vs River Plate: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US haven't made their predictions yet. However, Caliente has placed their bets and gave River Plate odds of -110, while Junior have +300, and a tie would result in a +250 payout.
* Odds via Caliente.