River Plate vs Santos
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 12 February 2019
Kick-off: 22:15 CET
In the Atlético Mineiro vs Danubio preview I called that duel a Goliath against David battle because of the chaotic difference in the two clubs’ budgets. The River Plate vs Santos duel takes “David vs Goliath” to… a whole different level. Danubio are not Nacional or Peñarol, but they are one of the top four clubs in Uruguay, they and Defensor Sporting complete the top four. River Plate? The modest Parque Saroldi club have even less means than Danubio, and are facing a true Brazilian great, Santos. Coach Jorge Giordano has six new faces in the team, including Luis Olivera, a youngster who got loaned out to River by… the River Plate, Buenos Aires’ giants. They also signed Sebastián Píriz, among others, a good player who just returned from Europe (Greece, Panionios). On the other hand, no less than 10 players left, with half of those moving to Holland, Brazil, and Ecuador.
If you’re following the news about Brazilian football, you already know Santos’ new coach is no other than Jorge Sampaoli. The team started their State championship winning four games in a row, with Sampaoli leaving great first impressions thanks to the team’s results. Then, came an… inconceivable 5-1 humiliation at Ituano, which made the Argentinian coach apologize in public to Santos’ fans. They bounced back in style scored seven(!) goals in a Copa do Brasil match, and they won last weekend as well, in their State championship. Sampaoli chose to field several reserves, prioritizing the game in Montevideo. Santos are expected to start with Vanderlei, Victor Ferraz, Gustavo Henrique, Felipe Aguilar, Copete, Alison, Diego Pituca, Sánchez, Jean Mota, Derlis González and Soteldo, in other words, most of the lineup that started against Altos in their 1-7 Copa do Brasil victory, a week ago.
Previous five matches:
Liverpool vs River Plate 4-1
River Plate vs Montevideo Wanderers 0-5
Cerro vs River Plate 4-2
Racing vs River Plate 2-1
River Plate vs Defensor Sporting 3-2
Santos vs Mirassol 1-0
Altos vs Santos 1-7
Ituano vs Santos 5-1
Bragantino vs Santos 1-4
Santos vs Sao Paulo 2-0
River are playing their first game in Uruguay’s championship the coming weekend. Santos are hosting Guarani next Monday (State championship of Sao Paulo).
River Plate vs Santos: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
River Plate vs Santos: Prediction
I trust Santos to win the game, and score more than once.
River Plate vs Santos: Betting Tips
A simple Santos win is at 1.70. Combined with “over 1.5” it pays 2.30, and with “over 2.5 goals”, 3.20.