Palmeiras take on the visitors Barcelona Guayaquil in the round 5 match of Copa Libertadores group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, June 8th at Allianz Parque (Sao Paulo).
Palmeiras will try to extend their "golden" period into 2023. "The Piglets," starting from 2016, have won 3 championship titles (including the previous edition) and have triumphed in the Copa Libertadores a couple of times. Currently, they have high ambitions as well. Although they haven't shown their optimal form in the Serie A, the titleholders have been dropping points in almost every other match. In the Copa Libertadores, they started with a defeat, even against modest Bolivar, but then managed to win three times, effectively securing their place in the playoffs.
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Barcelona Guayaquil are showing fairly predictable results. "The Idols of the Pier," perhaps, don't fully live up to the name borrowed from the Catalan giant. However, they have won the domestic championship 16 times, including in 2020. They also reached the Copa Libertadores final twice in the 1990s. Currently, they had a decent start in their national league but faltered towards the end of spring. In the Copa Libertadores, they are heading towards failure. So far, they have only won against Bolivar at home, but they have already suffered a defeat to them in Bolivia. They have been weaker against both Brazilian teams and Cerro Porteno, conceding exactly two goals in matches against them.
In 2017, the teams crossed paths in the Copa Libertadores Round of 16. They exchanged minimal 1-0 home victories, after which the Ecuadorians sensationally won the penalty shootout away. The hosts are much stronger and should convincingly prove it. We recommend betting on Palmeiras to win with a handicap of "-1.5 goals scored."
Prediction for the match: Palmeiras to win with -1.5 handicap.