Palmeiras begin the defense of their Copa Libertadores crown today visiting Universitario at the Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru, for the first game of Group A. The hosts sealed their spot in this competition for their good performance in the domestic league, while the Brazilians are back looking to retain their title. Find out here how to watch this soccer game in the US, the preview, predictions, and odds.
The Peruvian side hasn't begun the local tournament with the right foot, having claimed only three points in the same amount of games. However, a few months ago they were close of lifting the trophy, but they lost in the final. Their debut in this Libertadores is against the reigning champions, who never seem like an easy opponent at all.
Abel Ferreira's boys return to South America's greatest contest with multiple teams aiming to take the crown away from them. The Verdao didn't win the last tournament in great fashion, though, and they have to prove once again if they are above the rest of the teams in the continent.
Universitario vs Palmeiras: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: 8 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Monumental U, Lima
Universitario vs Palmeiras: Time by State in the US
ET: 8 PM
CT: 7 PM
MT: 6 PM
PT: 5 PM
Universitario vs Palmeiras: Storylines
Universitario have a challenging first game to begin their campaign in the highly-desired Copa Libertadores. Angel Commizzo's squad doesn't have too many games under its belt before this difficult task, but the Brazilians aren't in great form either.
Palmeiras were defeated last week in the CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana by Defensa y Justicia, a modest team who forced the final to penalties with a dramatic late goal and then went on to claim the trophy. The Verdao have also missed the chance of earning silverware previously in the Brazilian Supercup final against Flamengo. However, they still are the reigning champions of South America's greatest prize, and they'll begin the quest to a back-to-back championship, even though it seems unlikely.
How to watch or live stream Universitario vs Palmeiras in the US
The Copa Libertadores 2021 group stage game to be played between Universitario and Palmeiras will be broadcast in the US by Fanatiz, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
Universitario vs Palmeiras: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US haven't made their predictions yet. However, Caliente has given odds of -300 to Palmeiras, while Universitario have +850. Meanwhile, a tie would result in a +375 payout.
* Odds via Caliente.