Barcelona SC take on the visitors Palmeiras at “Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha” in the first-leg game of the 1/8 stage of the Copa Libertadores. The match will be played in Guayaquil on Thursday, July 6th.
Barcelona SC won the champion’s title of the Ecuadorian Serie A in 2016. This season “Equipo Canario” occupies the second position in the table of the Serie A with 38 points gained and 35-21 goal difference after 21 rounds. In the Copa Libertadores the Ecuadorians settled on the second place in Group 1 with 10 points earned and 8-8 goal difference having passed Brazilian Botafogo RJ through because of the worse goal difference. In 2017 Barcelona SC played 13 encounters in front of their supporters resulting in eight wins, two draws and three losses. It should be noted that in 2017 “Equipo Canario” was beaten at the home field just in inner competitions.
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Alike to the forthcoming rival, Palmeiras took the gold medals of the Brazilian Serie A. Cuca’s side comes up to the upcoming battle with five-match undefeated streak covering four victories and one draw. In the Brazilian elite division “Porcos” sit on the fourth position with 19 points taken after 11 gameweeks. Concerning the Copa Libertadores, Palmeiras confidently won Group 5 with 13 points earned and 13-9 goal difference. This season the Brazilians conducted 18 encounters on the road recording seven triumphs, one draw and 10 defeats.
Barcelona SC and Palmeiras have never met before. The Brazilians are the favourites of this pair and should prove their level even at away ground.
Prediction for the match: Palmeiras to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.