The Copa Sudamericana 2021 is back in action this week. Bitter rivals Nacional and Peñarol face off today at the Estadio Gran Parque Central in Montevideo in their first leg match for the Round of 16 of the South American competition. Here, check out everything there’s to know about this must-see soccer game such as the preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds and how to watch it in the US.
Nacional is now playing in the Copa Sudamericana after finishing third in the group stage of Copa Conmebol Libertadores. The Bolso missed the chance to reach the knockout stage despite winning their last two games against Universidad Catolica and Argentinos Jr.
Meanwhile, Peñarol advanced to this round after being the first of their group with 13 points. They won their four opening games of the group stage and confirmed their spot in the knockout stage. However, now they have a tough test against bitter rivals.
Nacional vs Peñarol: Match Information
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021.
Time: 08:30 PM (ET).
Location: Estadio Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Nacional vs Peñarol: Time by State in the US
ET: 08:30 PM
CT: 07:30 PM
MT: 06:30 PM
PT: 05:30 PM
Nacional vs Peñarol: Storylines
Nacional and Peñarol have a long history between them, as they are the Uruguayan Clásico. In Conmebol international tournaments, they have faced each other 44 times, with Peñarol winning 15 times and Nacional claiming 11 matches. They have drawn 18 times.
However, this will be their first time facing in Copa Sudamericana. In Copa Libertadores, they have met in 38 matches, with Peñarol winning 13 times. Nacional won 10 and the other 15 ended up in a draw. They also have met in Supercopa and in the extinct Copa Mercosur.
Nevertheless, Nacional will enter the pitch with confidence after their last result against their rival. They played earlier in July, and the hosts won 2-0 thanks to goals from Ocampo and Camilo Candido.
How to watch or live stream Nacional vs Peñarol in the US
The game between Nacional and Peñarol, to be played this Thursday, July 15, at Estadio Gran Parque Central for Copa Sudamericana 2021 will be broadcasted in the US by beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS.
Nacional vs Peñarol: Odds and predictions
Oddsmakers in the US haven’t made their predictions about this match yet. However, Nacional is the favorite, as they defeated their rival in their domestic league recently. Besides, they’re hosts so they will try to take the advantage in the opening leg.