Barcelona vs Grêmio : This Wednesday, on the 1st leg of this Copa Libertadores’ Semi-finals…
Barcelona SC, from Ecuador, hosts the Brazilian team of Grêmio, at 22:45 (London time), at Estádio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, in Guayaquil (Ecuador).
BARCELONA SC: The Ecuadorian team has eliminated 2 Brazilian teams on the previous rounds, first Palmeiras, in the Round of 16, and then Santos, in the round of 8.
On the group stage, they advanced in 2nd place of group 1, where they had Botafogo, Estudiantes and Atlético Nacional. On the domestic league, the team isn’t in good form, only sitting in 9th place out of 12 teams.
For this match their coach Guillermo Almada won’t be able to count with the top goalscorer of the team in this competition, the striker Jonatan Álvez, who is suspended.
Probable BARCELONA SC line-up: Banguera; Velasco, Aimar (Cunty), Arreaga and Pineida; Oyola, Minda, Esterílla, Díaz and Vera; Ariel. Manager: Guillermo Almada.
GRÊMIO: The Brazilian team has eliminated the Argentinians of Godoy Cruz in the Round of 16, and the Brazilians of Botafogo in the round of 8. On the groupstage, they finished 1st of their group, with teams like Guarani, Deportes Iquique and Zamora.
On the domestic league, they sit in 4th place, but that is mainly because they are prioritizing the Copa Libertadores.
For this match, their manager Renato Gaúcha has practically every player available.
Probable GRÊMIO line-up: Marcelo Grohe; Edílson, Geromel, Kannemann and Cortez; Michel, Arthur, Ramiro, Luan and Fernandinho; Barrios. Manager: Renato Gaúcho.
Barcelona vs Gremio – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Clash between two both sides on this Copa Libertadores, with Grêmio favoured to advance, even more because they have a more qualified team, but they will have to show a different football from the one they’ve been presenting on the 2nd half of the season in the Serie A.
I believe this will be a very balanced match, with Barcelona trying to overwhelm the Brazilian side on the beginning of the match, even because of the pressure imposed by their fans, but Grêmio has a fast attack that can be fundamental in this encounter.
In terms of investment, I see the lines are well-adjusted, so I opted for an alternative market, which is Barcelona to win and Under 2.5 Goals.