The Copa Libertadores 2021 continues its course and tonight it will bring us an interesting clash between River Plate and Junior at the Estadio Monumental. These two will clash for Matchday Two of Group D, aiming to claim their first three points in this campaign. Here, take a look at the match preview, information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.
The 'Millonario' were held to a draw by Fluminense last week after taking the lead with a Gonzalo Montiel penalty goal. It wasn't a bad result to start their journey, but they will try to pick up three points now at home, especially after being beaten by San Lorenzo in the Argentine Copa de la Liga.
Meanwhile, Junior have also tied with domestic rivals Santa Fe in Matchday One. However, the Shark faced them again last weekend in the first leg of the local league quarterfinals and they claimed a 3-1 triumph. Luis Amaranto Perea's squad doesn't have an easy challenge upfront, though.
River Plate vs Junior: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 8 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
River Plate vs Junior: Time by State in the US
ET: 8 PM
CT: 7 PM
MT: 6 PM
PT: 5 PM
River Plate vs Junior: Storylines
After two consecutive editions in which they were only steps away from reaching glory, Marcelo Gallardo and River Plate are once again aiming to have a deep run to fight for the trophy. That's why the 'Millonario' worked hard in the transfer market to strengthen their squad.
However, they struggled to find consistency so far. Last weekend, they lost at home against San Lorenzo in an Argentine derby. Before that, they tied with Fluminense in their first task in the current Libertadores. Gallardo's boys need to bounce back and most importantly, to make their ground a fortress.
On the other hand, Junior haven't won in their opening game in this competition either, but they do head to Buenos Aires with a better result under their belt. Amaranto Perea's team put three past Santa Fe to give a good step towards the semifinals of the local playoffs. Now they'll have to prove if such form can be carried against one of the best sides in the continent.
River Plate vs Junior: Copa Libertadores 2021 Standings
Things are quite even in Group D so far. The four teams have one point each, as the two first matches finished in a draw. The upcoming match could see River or Junior leapfrog to a higher spot to start securing a Round-of-16 berth.
How to watch or live stream River Plate vs Junior in the US
The game to be played between River Plate and Junior for Matchday Two of the Copa Libertadores 2021 Group D will be broadcast in the US by Fanatiz, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
River Plate vs Junior: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US haven't made their predictions yet. However, Caliente has placed their bets for this game, and River Plate are seen as favorites with odds of -350, while a Junior victory have odds of +1000. Meanwhile, a tie would result in a +425 payout.
* Odds via Caliente.