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The second legs of semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores are ahead of us this mid-week, so let's take a closer look at the matchups and what are the best betting tips for these duels.
The best Copa Libertadores semi-finals tips
After the first two knockout stages of Copa Libertadores, three Brazilian teams and one Ecuadorian team remain in the competition. So, we could see another all-Brazilian final like the last year when Palmeiras and Santos competed for the title. The defending champions Palmeiras are still in the competition, so we could see them lifting the trophy for the second time in two seasons.
The first legs of the semi finals were played on the 22nd and 23rd of September – Palmeiras drew without goals with Atletico Mineiro, while Flamengo beat Barcelona 2-0. The second legs are scheduled for the 29th and 30th of September. With that in mind, let's take a look at the matchups and our favourite betting predictions for the semi-finals:
- Atletico Mineiro vs Palmeiras: Atletico Mineiro to Win @ 19/20
- Barcelona vs Flamengo: Both Teams to Score – Yes @ 7/10
Atletico Mineiro vs Palmeiras
Prediction: Atletico Mineiro to Win
After the first match between these two teams ended in a scoreless draw, which we expected and predicted, we feel that Atletico Mineiro has a better chance of winning the rematch and reaching the final. After all, the last two duels between these teams in which Atletico Mineiro was the host both ended in 2-0 wins for Atletico. Also, Atletico Mineiro has been fantastic this season and they are currently eight points ahead of Palmeiras in the Serie A standings.
Barcelona vs Flamengo
Prediction: Both Teams to Score – Yes
While we didn't see goals on both sides in the first leg of this matchup, we expect both teams to score in the rematch. The reason is simple – Barcelona has to chase the deficit of two goals in this game, so they will have to play offensively from the start. We think that they can score, but that will also leave a lot of room for Flamengo to score as well and they are too good of a team not to take advantage of this chance.
All of these Copa Libertadores betting tips are available to wager on right now. As you can see, there’s still plenty of time to place your bets, but keep in mind that these odds could fluctuate between now and the time the matches kick-off.
Copa Libertadores outright markets
As things stand, the only current outright market covers the potential winner of this season's competitions and even those can't be found at every betting website. Here are the latest odds for Copa Libertadores Winners taken from Grosvenor Sports:
Flamengo to Win @ 19/20
Atletico Mineiro to Win @ 19/10
Palmeiras to Win @ 7/2
Barcelona to win @ 20/1
Copa Libertadores: The Group Stage
Here's how the group stage finished and who made it through to the first round of knockout ties.
Brazilian side Palmeiras claimed the top spot, finishing 6pts clear of second-placed Defensa y Justicia. Independiente Valle of Ecuador and Universitario of Peru finished third and fourth respectively.
Another of the Brazilian sides, Internacional, finished top of Group B, despite dropping points in three of their six matches. Olimpia beat Deportivo Tachira to second spot via goal difference and Always Ready from Bolivia finished bottom.
Barcelona of Ecuador secured 13pts which proved enough to finish ahead of the rest in Group C. Boca Juniors claimed second-place ahead of Santos, while The Strongest had to settle for fourth place.
The Brazilian and Argentinian teams moved through to the knockout stage from this group, with Fluminense finishing top and River Plate earning the runners-up spot. The Columbian dup of Junior and Independiente Santa Fe failed to make it past the group stage.
Once again, the teams representing Brazil and Argentina progressed from this group, with Racing Club taking the top spot ahead of Sao Paulo. Peru's Sporting Cristal finished third and Rentistas of Uruguay finished bottom of Group E.
Argentinos Juniors finished 3pts clear of their nearest rivals in Group F, with Universidad Catolica of Chile securing the other qualifying position. Uruguay's Nacional just finished third and Atletico Nacional of Columbia finished in last place.
Yet another group in which the teams from Brazil and Argentina progressed. Flamengo didn't lose a single game as they finished top of the group, while Velez Sarsfield came in second. LDU Quito of Ecuador claimed third place and Chile's Union La Calera ended up in last place without a single win to their name.
Atletico Mineiro of Brazil stormed away to first place in this group, picking up five wins and a draw from their six matches. Cerro Porteno join the Brazilians in the knockout stage, while Deportivo La Guaira and America de Cali both missed out on qualification.
Alternative betting markets for the Copa Libertadores
- Red card – yes/no
- Number of goals – individual player
- Clean sheet
- Double Chance
Bookmakers to register with for Copa Libertadores
Despite still being relatively new in the online betting market, Grosvenor Sports can compete with many bigger names in terms of odds, betting markets, and the sheer volume of sports and leagues you can bet on.
Bet365 almost always has great odds for betting on soccer, especially for the Copa Libertadores! And since the site also has a superior mobile app, you can track the event live and make additional bets as and when you please. Take the most out of the sign up offer as detailed here.
As you may know, Ladbrokes gives members a daily odds boost for soccer, which means that if you use this for the Copa Libertadores, you will get some serious value. It’s also one of the most reputable bookmakers in the nation.
With years of entertaining sports punters all over the UK, William Hill is always a great choice for soccer betting. These guys have a fantastic desktop site, a great mobile app, and of course, – William Hill always whips up competitive odds for events like Copa Libertadores.
FAQs – Copa Libertadores tips
Can I watch the game with these bookmakers?
Many bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the games you bet on if they have the coverage on their websites.
Will I get the chance to cash-out my bets?
Yes, if you make a bet that is performing well. The sites we’ve mentioned all support the cash-out option on the mobile app and desktop, and you can track these offers during the event.
If I win a bet, when will my winnings be credited?
If you do place a winning bet, whether from our Copa Libertadores betting tips or off your own back, your winnings will usually be added to your balance following the conclusion of the Copa Libertadores event.