The Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2021 Group Stage is coming to an end and River Plate will host Fluminense today at the Monumental Stadium to conclude zone D. Both the Argentine giants and the Brazilian side will be looking to book their ticket to the following round of the continental tournament. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this game, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
Following a memorable victory over Santa Fe last week, when defensive midfield Enzo Pérez had to put on the gloves amid a covid outbreak, El Millonario will be back at home aiming to seal a place in the last 16. Coach Marcelo Gallardo, fortunately, will have many players back.
On the other hand, Fluminense head to this clash needing to bounce back. The Brazilians were shocked by Junior at the Estadio Maracana last week and their round of 16 spot is in jeopardy. Besides, they need to recover after losing a crucial game in the domestic tournament. Will they claim the three points at Estadio Monumental?
River Plate vs Fluminense: Match Information
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 6:15 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Monumental
River Plate vs Fluminense: Time by State in the US
ET: 6:15 PM
MT: 5:15 PM
CT: 4:15 PM
PT: 3:15 PM
River Plate vs Fluminense: Probable Lineups
River: Franco Armani; Robert Rojas, Jonatan Maidana, Héctor Martínez, Milton Casco; Agustín Palavecino, Leandro Peña Biafore, Nicolás De La Cruz; Julián Álvarez, Rafael Santos Borré and Matías Suárez. Coach: Marcelo Gallardo.
Fluminense: Marcos Felipe; Samuel Xavier, Nino, Luccas Claro, Egídio; Wellington, Yago, Martinelli, Gabriel Teixeira; Caio Paulista and Fred. Coach: Roger Machado.
River Plate vs Fluminense: Storylines
Last week, River Plate have recorded a victory that will last for ages. They overcame challenging circumstances that forced them to play with an outfield player between the sticks and managed to claim the three points anyways, and now they're close to getting into the best 16 of the Libertadores.
Luckily, most of their infected players will be probably back for the upcoming duel, enabling them to play with an outright goalkeeper and having more depth for the lineup. However, their next opponents are under pressure to grab the win.
Fluminense will travel to Buenos Aires after being beaten by Flamengo in the Campeonato Carioca final. Their last continental affair didn't turn out well either, as Junior stunned them at home. Unless they win, the Flu's future in the competition may be at risk depending on El Tiburon's result against Independiente Santa Fe.
River Plate vs Fluminense: Copa Libertadores 2021 Standings
After Matchday 5, River Plate currently stand atop Group D with nine points, while Fluminense sit right behind them with eight, just two more than Junior, who have collected six points so far. On the other hand, Santa Fe are already knocked out of the competition and stand at the bottom with only two points.
How to watch or live stream River Plate vs Fluminense in the US
The Copa Libertadores 2021 Group D game between River Plate and Fluminense to be played at Estadio Monumental will be broadcast in the US by Fanatiz, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
River Plate vs Fluminense: Predictions and Odds
Despite River Plate's tough situation with Covid-19 cases, it looks like oddsmakers also take Fluminense's poor form into account. According to Caliente, the Millonarios have odds of -143, while it give the Brazilian side odds of +375. A tie would result in a +285 payout.