Jorge Wilstermann vs Boca Juniors
Competition: Copa Libertadores
Date: 6 March 2019
Kick-off: 01:30 CET
Winning the Apertura in Bolivia last year, earned Jorge Wilstermann a direct ticket to the Copa Libertadores group stage. Last year they came close to producing one of the biggest surprises in the history of the competition, at least in the qualifying stages. They lost 4-0 at Vasco da Gama in the first leg, in the third qualifying round, beat them by the same score(!) in Bolivia in the return leg, but they lost on penalties, a very… harsh fate, after all the effort they had put in for 90 unforgettable minutes. Last Wednesday they drew 3-3 with Club Destroyers at home, salvaging a point in added time. Truth is, they are not doing particularly well in the Apertura, they are just 5th in the table, on 14 points, eight behind leaders Nacional Potosí. They have won just one of their last five games.
Reigning champions in Argentina, Boca Juniors didn’t have to go through qualifiers to be in the Copa Libertadores group stage. Does the defeat to River Plate in the final last December still hurt? It definitely does, and it will hurt for years and years, probably… forever, unless… history repeats itself, and Boca face River in another Libertadores final, having the chance to take their “revenge”. Pain-aside, Boca are in the middle of… figuring things out, having a new coach after the lost Libertadores final. Gustavo Alfaro has made several changes, and actually Boca haven’t started two games in a row with the same lineup under his command. That’s partly because they have a rich roster, at least offensively. For example, Darío Benedetto and Carlos Tévez are expected to start up front in Bolivia, but Ramón Ábila and Mauro Zárate have played almost as much these last months. Boca beat Unión 1-3 last Friday, in Santa Fe, their second win in a row in the Superliga. They are third, and should stay there, earning – early – a 2020 Copa Libertadores group stage spot.
Previous five matches:
Jorge Wilstermann vs Club Destroyers 3-3
Jorge Wilstermann vs Guabirá 0-2
Sport Boys vs Jorge Wilstermann 1-3
Jorge Wilstermann vs The Strongest 0-1
Oriente Petrolero vs Jorge Wilstermann 2-0
Union Santa Fe vs Boca Juniors 1-3
Defensa y Justicia vs Boca Juniors 0-1
Boca Juniors vs Atletico Tucuman 1-2
Boca Juniors vs Lanus 2-1
Belgrano vs Boca Juniors 1-1
Wilstermann’s next game is at San José, on Sunday (Bolivia championship). Boca are hosting San Lorenzo on Saturday (Argentina Superliga).
Jorge Wilstermann vs Boca Juniors: Head to head Stats
Wilstermann have hosted Boca once before, in 1982. Back then, they beat them 1-0.
Jorge Wilstermann vs Boca Juniors: Prediction
I just don’t see Boca win, despite their undeniable superiority. Not in Cochabamba, 2500 meters high up.
Jorge Wilstermann vs Boca Juniors: Betting Tips
Wilstermann’s double chance is at 1.80, my main tip. The same combined with “under 3.5 goals” pays 2.17.