Barcelona Guayaquil vs Palmeiras
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 6 July 2017
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Having lost all but some mathematical chances to finish top in Ecuador championship’s first phase (Delfin surprised everyone by snatching the top spot), Barcelona coach Guillermo Almada chose to play with a super alternative lineup last weekend at Macará, a game his team lost 2-1. Barcelona remain second in the table, one point above Emelec and Independiente del Valle, with one game remaining. What’s… ironic is that just before that, Barcelona had beaten Emelec in Guayaquil’s derby, and captain Matías Oyola had said after that game that Barcelona would fight till the end, as long as there were mathematical chances to finish first. A few days later, he wasn’t even in the group that traveled to Ambato, he was one of the ten players who stayed back in Guayaquil, a choice made by their Uruguayan coach, who practically threw a white towel, even though mathematically his team could still finish first.
It took Palmeiras a 78th-minute penalty to beat Gremio last weekend, but even so, they picked up their fourth consecutive win in the Brasileirao, leaving behind them the… weird 3-3 draw to Cruzeiro just a few days earlier, in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal (Palmeiras were losing 3-0 at halftime!). Venezuelan attacking midfielder Alejandro Guerra recovered from his latest injury, trained properly these last days, and should play in Guayaquil. Defensive midfielder Bruno Henrique made his debut for Palmeiras against Gremio, he was very good, he is one of the four players who got into the revised list Palmeiras sent to Conmebol for the remainder of this season’s Copa Libertadores, and could start the game versus Barcelona.
Barcelona Guayaquil vs Palmeiras: Head-to-head Stats
Barcelona have faced seven Brazilian teams in the past, but Palmeiras are not one of those.
Barcelona Guayaquil vs Palmeiras: Prediction
I’m leaving winners and losers aside, I’m going with goals, expecting the game to have at least three. Barcelona proved super unpredictable in the group stage, Palmeiras were more consistent, but what they had in common was that they produced some high-scoring matches, especially Palmeiras (19 goals were scored in their last four group games!, seven in Barcelona’s last two).
Barcelona Guayaquil vs Palmeiras: Tips
‘Over 2.5 goals’ pays 2.25, and I consider it a good bet to more than double your money.