Barcelona SC vs Estudiantes L.P. Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Barcelona SC vs Estudiantes L.P. Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Barcelona SC

2017-05-18
23:30
Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo

VS

Estudiantes L.P.

Ecuadorian side Barcelona Guayaquil welcome Argentine side Estudiantes in Thursday’s Copa Libertadores action. The visitors desperately need the points to remain alive in the competition. Read on for our preview, tip and predictions.

Barcelona SC VS Estudiantes L.P. Predictions

Full Time: 0 - 3

Both Team To Score Tip: YES
lose

Reason For Barcelona SC VS Estudiantes L.P. Betting Tips

Argentine side Estudiantes travel to Guayaquil with only one thing in their sights; the win. Anything else would leave them eliminated from the Copa Libertadores with one game still left to play. It won’t be an easy task however, as they meet a Barcelona side in excellent form.

The hosts are already assured of their place in the last 16 after a spectacular showing so far in the competition. They were undoubtedly favourites to prop the group up in the tournament’s beginnings, but have since gone on to take 10 points from 4 matches. Excellent wins have been recorded away at Botafogo and Estudiantes themselves, as well as in front of the home crowd against last season’s Libertadores champions Atletico Nacional. Motivation will still be high coming into the clash, given that first place in the group is by no means secure and that by securing a large a points haul as possible they will ensure themselves an easier tie in the knockouts, thanks to the seeding rules in place. Los Toreros arrive in great confidence, in the midst of a 5 match winning run across all competitions.

It’s fair to say Estudiantes’ Libertadores hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Legendary midfielder, and club president, Juan Sebastian Veron came out of retirement for their continental campaign, but egg is dripping ever closer to his face with his side on the brink of exit. The 1-0 triumph over Atletico Nacional remains their only win in the group so far, with Los Pincharratas falling to the Colombians 4-1 in Medellin, as well as losing at Botafogo and at home to Barcelona. A run of 4 draws from the last 5 hardly inspires confidence, although they do arrive off the back of a high, defeating arch rivals Gimnasia at the weekend.

We’re anticipating an exciting, end to end match. Barcelona’s success so far in the competition has come from a ruthless ability to pick sides off on the counter. Estudiantes have no other option but to chase the game and pile men forward and thus we should see openings at both ends.

Both sides have found the net in 7 of Barcelona’s 9 home games this year, including both Libertadores games, with an average of 3 goals a match being on show. Estudiantes’ two games away in the competition have also featured goals at both ends, as have 6 of their 7 away games so far, with the average total goal count standing at 3.85 a game.

Backing both nets being found looks a cracking price at just shy of Evs, and we think the match will end in a 2-2 draw.

Head To Head

The sides have met five times in the past, with Estudiantes winning three of those games and Barcelona two.

Barcelona SC VS Estudiantes L.P. Stats

Both sides have found the net in 7 of Barcelona’s 9 home games this year. There have been goals at both ends in 6 of Estudiantes' 2017 road trips.

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