Stadium: Estadio Norberto Tito Tomaghello (Buenos Aires).
South American Cup and Recopa winner, Defensa y Justicia will face Brazilian champion and former Libertadores Cup winner, Flamengo, in the Copa Libertadores last 16.
Defensa y Justicia current form
Like other clubs from Argentina, Defensa have significant problems with the game practice. The last time the Hawk played in an official match was back on 28 May, just in the Copa Libertadores Cup group stage. Defensa lost the tournament to Palmeiras but were above Independiente del Valle and Universitario, which was enough to qualify for the play-offs. Separately, Defensa won the Recopa against Brazilian club Palmeiras, so the future hosts have experience of beating the Brazilians.
Flamengo’s current form
After an abysmal start in Serie A, Flamengo’s managers have decided to change their head coach. Not so long ago, Renato Gaoso was sacked from Gremio, so the Brazilian champions’ bosses, as they say, swooped in. Under the new coach, Flamengo defeated Chapecoense 2-1. The victory over the newcomer to Brazil’s elite was crushing. The team from Chapeco opened the scoring on 67 minutes, but 11 minutes later, de Arrascaeta scored for Flamengo. After another four minutes, Michael brought the vital three points to the Scarlet-Black with a cross from Pedro. Flamengo are currently 9th in the Serie A table, 10 points behind Palmeiras.
Expert Betting Tips
Flamengo are desperate to regain the South American league title, especially against their Serie A debacle of 2021. Besides, the team from Rio has an extra motivator, the new head coach. With him, the Scarlet-Black have already managed to beat Chapecoense. We believe that Flamengo will bring a victory from Buenos Aires, and the team will win by not fewer than two goals. We want to offer the following odds for the match: W2+Both to score for 4.04, Individual Total 2 Over (1.5) for 2.02, W2 for 1.92.