After Ever Almeida's men secured a 2-0 win in the Libertadores final first leg, Al Hain-Cole expects the Paraguayans to attempt to complete the job with a defensive masterclass
The Brazilians overturned a 2-0 away defeat to see off Newell’s Old Boys in the semi-final, and are 2/5 (1.40) favourites with BetVictor to potentially come back from the same deficit with victory this evening.
Ever Almeida’s men have won just two of their seven away games in this year’s competition, but are available at 15/2 (8.50) to come out on top at the Mineirao.
The visitors have drawn four of their last six matches on the road, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them claiming their fourth continental title by grinding out a stalemate in this one.
Galo’s chances of lifting South America’s most prestigious trophy for the first time took a considerable blow in Asuncion, where the hosts’ game plan of quelling Ronaldinho’s creative influence played a major part in ensuring their victory, forcing the talisman to be substituted after just 65 minutes.
The Paraguayans will be absolutely delighted to be heading to Belo Horizonte with a two-goal lead, as they can now simply attempt to set their stall out defensively and kill the tie off.
El Decano’s back five kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 quarter-final draw against Fluminense on their last visit to Brazil, so will be confident of keeping the goal tally to under two this time out, thereby ensuring they at least take the game into extra-time.
A bet on under 2.5 goals would have paid out in five of the visitors’ last six Copa Libertadores games, as well as each of the hosts’ last four, and is not to be missed at inviting 37/40 (1.93) odds here.
However, while Almeida’s men may succeed in subduing the crowd for a while, it seems unthinkable that an attack who have scored 16 goals in six home games in this tournament could be kept off the scoresheet all night.
Having also led 2-0 from the home game, Olimpia went down 1-0 in their semi-final second leg against Santa Fe after going in level at the break, and odds of 16/5 (4.20) are not to be missed on this match also following that same template.
|Under 2.5 goals at 37/40 (1.93) with BetVictor
||Draw/Atletico Mineiro at HT/FT at 16/5 (4.20) with BetVictor
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