Estudiantes vs Botafogo
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 26 May 2017
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Estudiantes need a draw, at least, to secure the third spot in the group, and continue in the Copa Sudamericana. If Atletico Nacional fail to beat Barcelona in Colombia, then Estudiantes will finish third even if they lose. It should be noted that the game is being held in Quilmes, very close to La Plata. It should also be noted that this will be the last game of Juan Sebastian Veron. The legendary Estudiantes midfielder returned to action earlier this season, he has played four matches, all in the Copa Libertadores group stage, and he has been more than ‘decent’, actually, despite his age and the fact that he had retired before, so he wasn’t at his best-best. He is also serving as the president of the club, and recently he took over extra… work, he will be AFA’s (Argentina’s football association) guy responsible for the national teams, so he will not be able to train properly to continue playing, even if Estudiantes get the ticket to the Copa Sudamericana. On Monday they lost 3-1 at Olimpo.
Botafogo have already qualified for the last 16, there were rumors/reports that they would fly to Argentina leaving several key players behind, but turns out coach Jair Ventura took everyone with him. Left winger Rodrigo Pimpao is suspended, attacking midfielder Camilo was deemed too tired, so they were left behind, but other than that, Botafogo are expected to face Estudiantes with their best possible eleven. As their coach said in a Press conference, they want to finish first in the group, so as to have the return leg in the round of 16 at home. They have 10 points, as many as Barcelona, and they need to get a result that will be better than what the Ecuadorians get in Colombia, versus Atletico Nacional. Last weekend they picked up their first win in the new Brazilian championship, they beat Ponte Preta 2-0 at home.
Estudiantes vs Botafogo: Head-to-head Stats
Estudiantes have hosted Botafogo only once before, in 2008, in a Copa Sudamericana quarterfinal. They beat them 2-0 in the first leg, at home, drew 2-2 in Brazil, and qualified for the semis.
Estudiantes vs Botafogo: Prediction
A draw could be a great result for both. If Atletico Nacional do their… duty against Barcelona and beat them, then a simple draw between Estudiantes and Botafogo will be enough for both of them to get what they want. Estudiantes will finish third and continue in the Copa Sudamericana, Botafogo will finish first and play the return leg in the round of 16 at home.
Estudiantes vs Botafogo: Tips
Draw is at 3.30. If you feel like acting greedy, draw and under 2.5 goals pays 4.00.