River Plate are seeded second for the knockouts of the Libertadores, and with good reason as well. They were in supreme form all through the first stage of the competition and had scored goals in plenty.
They were champions of their group, and had remained unbeaten all through the run as well. In fact, barring a single draw, they had a 100 percentage winning record. Do also note that they had a combined scorecard of 18- 3 from their 6 fixtures.
Meanwhile, Velez did manage to secure a second-place finish in their group, but they were winless in 4 of their 6 fixtures. Do also note that they had let in a total of 11 goals in the process.
Going on, they also have a poor head-to-head record against this rival over the years and conceding all these observations, expect a victory for River Plate this Thursday in this first leg.
Going on, they have also lost just thrice away from home since August of 2021, and in the process they had gone on 2 separate 5-match winning streaks.
On top of that they also have a superb head-to-head record against Velez Sarsfield over the years.
And for all these reasons anticipate a victory for River Plate this Thursday.
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