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Prediction: Atletico Mineiro vs River Plate – Football Predictions

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After the Brazilians 1-0 win in the away game Atletico Mineiro will greet Argentine giants Riverbed to Minas Gerais in their return leg Copa Libertadores Quarter-finals tie.

A goal in the second half gave them a narrow lead before Thursday’s game, although the guests know the draw is far from over.


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Atletico Mineiro crossed the Copa Libertadores group stage with an almost perfect record, beating America de Cali and Cerro Porteno twice, as well as a win and a draw against Deportivo La Guiara.

In the round of 16 against the Argentine giant Boca Juniors they moved into the first place in the round of 16 and after a goalless draw in both games came just barely as winners in the penalty shoot-out.

As a result, they’ve faced Boca Juniors’ greatest rivals, River Plate, and in the last eight Ignacio Fernandez Gate to the hour put them in the lead Cuca‘s men hold out for the last 10 minutes despite a red card for Fernandez.

This extended strong form in all competitions for the Brazilian club as they have now won their last 12 of their last 14 games in all competitions, while only suffering one loss at the Copa do Brasil, with priority firmly on the league Action at this point.

The strong run of form has brought Cuca’s men to the top of the Brazilian top division and is now with a striking record of 37 points from 16 league games with five points ahead of the top of the league and consolidated their place with a decisive 2-0 victory against second-placed Palmeiras last time.

They hope to continue their impressive form with a crucial result on Thursday to confirm their passage, although the Galo will be aware that they still have a lot to do to take an overall victory.

River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo pictured on May 6, 2021

They face a side from River Plate with little to lose as they try to make up a deficit and create an upset to advance to the semi-finals.

The guests’ group stage was not as easy as that of their quarter-final opponents, as they finished second in Group D with two wins out of six games, just barely leaving the Colombian junior behind them in qualifying.

They had a difficult duel with their Argentine counterparts Argentinos Juniors in the round of 16, and after a 1-1 draw at home Marcelo Gallardo‘s men took an impressive 2-0 win in the away game and advanced thanks to a. in the last eight before Braian Romero attach.

While previously going through difficult form of form domestically, River Plate rebounded after their first-leg defeat with a 2-0 win over Velez Sarsfield last time around Enzo Fernandez and Romero, who is on the score sheet to boost her confidence.

They are now going into the away game with a tough challenge, but one that will certainly be feasible if they start well in Brazil.

Atletico Mineiro Copa Libertadores form:
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • D.
  • W.
  • W.

Atletico Mineiro Form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • W.
  • L.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
River Plate Copa Libertadores Form:
  • D.
  • W.
  • L.
  • D.
  • W.
  • L.

River Plate Form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • D.
  • L.
  • L.
  • L.
  • W.

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Atletico Mineiro's Hulk will celebrate his third goal on May 26, 2021

Atletico Mineiro enter the second leg without attacking midfielder Ignacio Fernandez, who is suspended from the away game on the red card after giving his side the lead.

They recently announced the arrest of the decorated striker Diego Costabut it is not expected to come straight into the page.

Instead, the line is led by Hulk, who appeared in the Copa Libertadores this season with six goals and two assists in nine games, in addition to seven goals and five assists in 15 games in the Brazilian top division.

With no league game until next Tuesday, Cuca shouldn’t have to worry about key players like resting Eduardo Vargas, Matias Zaracho and Jair everyone is expected from the start.

Jefferson Savarino should also earn a spot after scoring a crucial brace in the 2-0 win over Palmeiras last time.

Braian Romero will be the key player for River Plate, who has already scored five goals and one assist in six appearances at the Copa Libertadores this season.

He should be supported by many attackers as River Plate needs goals with Julian Alvarez, Nicolas De la Cruz, Bruno zuculini and Jorge Carrascal everything ready to go.

Now an Argentine veteran Enzo Perez will be in midfield and with 26 caps at Benfica and Valencia he will bring important quality and experience to the table.

Atletico Mineiro possible starting line-up:
Everson; Mariano, Silva, Alonso, Arana; Jair, Tche; Zaracho, Vargas, Savarino; Hulk

River Plate possible starting line-up:
Armani; Casco, Diaz, Martinez, Angileri; Perez; De la cruz, zuculini, carrascal; Romero, Alvarez


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Probability: Atletico Mineiro 1-1 River Plate (Atletico Mineiro wins 2-1 overall)

River Plate will certainly push hard and shouldn’t be underestimated, but we expect this Atletico Mineiro side to take a win thanks to their strong squad and striking form.

You could be forced onto your rearfoot by a River Plate team following the game but should have enough to avoid losing on home soil.


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