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Boca Juniors v Newell's Old Boys predictions

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Boca Juniors v Newell's Old Boys predictions
Copa Libertadores, International
24/05/2013
02:00
full time result Boca Juniors 2.60 Bet at Bet365
Betting prediction was written by Dan Adair

BOCA JUNIORS - NEWELL'S OLD BOYS PREDICTIONS

All Argentine clash in quarter final 3 of this year’s Copa Libertadores. Boca Juniors are struggling at the foot of the table and face up to league leaders Newells.

Boca Juniors are one of the powerhouses of Argentina and indeed South American football. With 30 league titles to their name, as well as 6 Copa Libertadores and 3 Intercontinental titles too. Boca were beaten finalists in last year’s edition, going down in a fierce battle with Corinthians. This season has been a disaster on a league front with Boca currently 18th from 20 teams with 2 wins, 7 draws and 5 defeats. They are safe from relegation (for now) under the countries complex three season aggregates ruling. In Copa Libertadores they have 4 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats so far. They had a relatively straight forward group but struggled to dominate Nacional, Toluca and Barcelona, scraping though by 1 point. In last 16 knockout they were drawn against last year’s winners Corinthians again and no one outside of Buenos Aires predicted a Boca victory. However La Bombonera was rocking and they prevailed at home 1-0. In Brazil they were then expected to capitulate but with a game plan and a solid performance they matched Corinthians. A goal from returning hero Juan Riquelme from about 40 yards summed up the performance and Boca prevailed. Legendary coach Carlos Bianchi is back for a third spell and the belief in the club and fans is so high they could do it, even without a side anywhere near what they are used to.

Newells Old Boys have experienced success in Argentina but not to the levels of the bigger sides. 5 national titles is all they have to show for it but they hope to change that this year. They are having a spectacular season and could go all the way in the league and here in Copa Libertadores. Playing entertaining, attacking football they sit at the top of Torneo Final after 14 games. With a record of 9 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats the only thing stopping them from succeeding is the difficulty of fighting on two fronts. Newell’s have struggled a little in the league over the last month or so as they try and balance the two competitions. In Ignacio Scocco they have a striker capable of anything and his scoring rate is sensational. They have quality in all areas and the aggressive defender Gabrial Heinz is marshalling the defence, the backline is probably their main weak point as they do tend to concede. So far in Copa Lib this season its been a bit hit and miss for the side from Rosario with 4 wins and 4 defeats so far. They had a similar tie in the last round with another all Argentine affair this time with struggling Velez, it was a close tie but Newells went through on away goals.

BOCA JUNIORS - NEWELL'S OLD BOYS: BETTING TIPS

A huge game for both sides and one that I feel could be a cracking tie. In the league it is Newells who are running away with it and they are currently 16 points ahead of their rivals. In recent ties Boca have won 3 and drawn 1 of the last 4 games without conceding a goal. The sides will lock head at the weekend too in the league so these sides will be pretty sick of each other come the end of the month. In this particular tie though I see Boca Juniors taking the game.  At their daunting home cathedral they are capable of undoing any other side on the continent, even if their side is not up to previous elevens. Coach Bianchi will give every man a task and expect them to give every last ounce of effort. The crowd will be monstrous and I do expect Newells to buckle. The odds on Boca (2.60 bet365) are very generous and I think Bookmakers are reading too much into current league from which is a big mistake.

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