Nacional could have been dead and buried after a few games whilst Argentinos Juniors have cruised the group. Now, with one match remaining, Nacional could sneak into second place by taking advantage of what will probably be a weakened XI Argentinos Juniors put out. The question is, will they? Find out with our Nacional vs Argentinos Juniors match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Nacional vs Argentinos Juniors: Our predictions
- Prediction one: Double chance – Argentinos Juniors or draw @ 20/23
- Prediction two: Both teams to score – Yes @ 5/6
- Prediction three: To win either half – Argentinos Juniors @ 33/20
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- 1 Nacional vs Argentinos Juniors: Our predictions
- 2 Nacional vs Argentinos Juniors: Find all your key stats here
- 3 Nacional's best hope is for a weakened Argentinos Juniors
- 4 Nacional vs Argentinos Juniors: The match in brief
Argentinos Juniors to avoid defeat
Argentinos Juniors have not just been the best team in Group F they've also been the best defensive team; they've kept four clean sheets in five group games so far, conceding just one goal. No other team has conceded fewer than two goals in the Copa Libertadores this season. Nacional, however, have won just one of five group games whilst Argentinos Juniors have won four out of five games. Nacional may desperately need to win this game but Gabriel Milito's men will not make it easy for them and Argentinos Juniors should be able to take at least a point – even if they know they've already topped the group.
Goals at both ends
Nacional started their Primera Division campaign with a win at Progreso last weekend; that win was their second in as many games. It means they've scored in five of their last six games in all competitions with their total goals tally standing at 10; that will mean they'll fancy their chances of breaching Argentinos Juniors backline. On the defensive side, things haven't been quite so rosy for Nacional. In fact, they've conceded the most goals in Group F. Argentinos Juniors meanwhile have been pretty consistent in terms of scoring goals; they've scored in eight of their last nine games across all competitions. With all that considered this game should see goals and we're making the prediction that both sides contribute to the scoring.
Argentinos Juniors to win at least a half
Despite sitting pretty at the top of the group, Argentinos Juniors are seen as underdogs in this game. They have enjoyed a good run of form of late though having won five of their last six games. They have lost just once in their last 12 too so will arrive confident. If we focus on in the last nine, the Argentines have won at least one half in seven of them. What's even more impressive is that they've lost just one half in their last eight games. With those stats considered, in addition to the form we've mentioned in our other tips, this bet looks to have some good value.
Nacional vs Argentinos Juniors: Find all your key stats here
Nacional's best hope is for a weakened Argentinos Juniors
Despite failing to win any of their first four group games, Nacional still have a chance to progress to the knockout phase of the Copa Libertadores. Argentinos Juniors on the other hand have nothing left to play for having secured the top spot in Group F with time to spare. Even with changes, Nacional will need to be at their best in order to beat their visitors. Whether they'll get the job done or not, who knows. Let's enjoy finding out!
Nacional vs Argentinos Juniors: The match in brief
- What was the score last time these two met? – Argentinos Juniors won 2-0
- Where is the match being played? – Gran Parque Central
- What time is kick-off? – 03:00 GMT