The excitement is building among Copa Libertadores betting fans as South America’s equivalent of the Champions League reaches the last-16 stage.
First up is Tuesday evening’s clash between Group 1 runners-up Gremio and Universidad Catolica, who impressively topped Group 4 ahead of Velez Sarsfield.
With home advantage in the first leg, the Brazilians are priced at 1/2 with bwin to build a lead and the form suggests they should be able to register a victory.
They won all three group matches at the Olimpico Monumental without conceding a goal and are available at 13/10 to chalk up a fourth clean sheet on the spin in front of their own fans.
Although all of those matches have contained less than two goals in the first half, Gremio have scored three times in the first 15 minutes already in their continental campaign.
When you also consider that just one of Catolica’s 11 goals so far in the competition have come in the opening 45 minutes, betting odds of 27/10 on the hosts to be leading 1-0 at the interval look tempting.
Alternatively, punters can get 2/5 on the Chileans not scoring in the first half, or bet on them to score more goals in the second half than the first half at 37/20.
However, it would be foolish to ignore the fact that Catolica picked up seven points from their three away games in the group phase, including a thrilling 4-3 win over Velez, so they should not be written off.
They also scored eight goals in those fixtures and can be backed at 9/2 to pull off another win on the road, with the draw currently available at 14/5.
Considering all these factors, it may be worth backing Gremio to pick up a victory and Catolica to get an away goal, which would bring scorelines such as 2-1 (31/4), 3-1 (21/2) and 3-2 (22/1) to the fore.
A successful £10 bet on Gremio to be leading at both half-time and full-time would return £33.50 at odds of 27/20.
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