Soccer – Boca Juniors vs River Plate: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Copa Libertadores final preview

Soccer – Boca Juniors vs River Plate: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Copa Libertadores final preview

All eyes will be on South America as a historic Superclasico final takes place in between the Azul y Oro and Los Millionarios in Buenos Aires

Eternal rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will make history on Saturday as they go head to head in the Copa Libertadores final first leg.

La Bombonera is the stage for the opening joust between the Superclasico foes as they compete for the right to be crowned champions of South America.

Meetings between the sides are typically tempestuous and they will both be desperate to lay down a marker ahead of the second leg, which takes place at El Monumental two weeks later on November 24.

Boca have a better history in the competition than River, having won the trophy on six previous occasions, but the visitors can take a step towards closing that gap on Saturday by inching closer to their fourth crown.

Game Boca Juniors vs River Plate
Date Saturday, November 10
Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game will be available to watch on FOX Deportes (Spanish) and it can be streamed live using the Fox Soccer Match Pass (English).

US TV channel Online stream
FOX Deportes Fox Soccer Match Pass

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed live on Goal and it can be watched live on TV on FreeSports or BT Sport 2.

UK TV channel Online stream
FreeSports / BT Sport 2 Goal

Squads & Team News

Position Boca squad
Goalkeepers Rossi, Lampe
Defenders Goltz, Mas, Magallan, Izquierdoz, Buffarini, Olaza
Midfielders Gago, Perez, Nandez, Barrios, Jara, Almendra, Cardona
Forwards Zarate, Tevez, Pavon, Benedetto, Abila, Villa

Boca have announced a 21-man squad for the game and Dario Benedetto has been included, despite concerns over the striker’s availability.

Pablo Perez has recovered from a foot injury and should be fit to play a part in the game.

The likes of Mauro Zarate and Carlos Tevez will be in contention too, though it is possible that their involvement could be from the bench.

Potential Boca XI: Rossi; Jara, Izquierdoz, Magallan, Olaza; Nandez, Barrios, Perez; Villa, Abila, Pavon.

Position River squad
Goalkeepers Armani, Lux, Centurion
Defenders Maidana, Moreira, Lollo, Casco, Pinola, Montiel, Sibile, Gallardo, Aguirre, H. Martinez
Midfielders Zuculini, Quintero, G. Martinez, De La Cruz, Sosa, Palacios, Mayada, Ferrera, Ponzio, Perez, Fernandez, L. Martinez
Forwards Mora, Alvarez, Borre, Pratto, Scocco, Beltran, Rollheiser

Leonardo Ponzio is the biggest concern for River, with Marcelo Gallardo forced to consider how to replace the stricken midfielder. 

Veteran striker Ignacio Scocco scored the winner from the bench when the sides met in September, but he is likely to remain out of the starting XI.

Potential River XI: Armani; Montiel, Maidana, Pinola, Casco; Palacios, Perez, Fernandez, G. Martinez; Pratto, Borre.

Betting & Match Odds

Boca are favourites to win the first leg at La Bombonera, with bet365 giving odds of 7/5. River’s chances of repeating their September feat are rated 12/5 and a draw is a 19/10 bet.

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Match Preview

Ignacio Scocco River

The whole world will be tuning in on Saturday for a glimpse of one of the most intense football rivalries in football as Boca and River lock horns for the right to get their hands on the Copa Libertadores.

Such is the vitriol associated with the Superclasico in Argentina that neither La Bombonera nor El Monumental will feature visiting supporters, meaning the River players are truly entering the gauntlet this weekend – just as Boca will do in the second leg on November 24.

While they are undoubtedly Argentina’s most successful clubs of all time with 69 league titles between them, both sides have made disappointing starts to the 2018-19 campaign, finding themselves mid-table after the opening 11 Superliga matches, with River – whose form has been particularly bad – in 10th place, two points behind eighth-placed Boca.

However, despite trailing Boca in the league, River may actually boast the psychological edge over their rivals after striking first blood back in September, escaping La Bombonera with a 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Gonzal Martinez and Ignacio Scocco.

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Nevertheless, Boca will have a partisan crowd of 49,000 roaring them on in search of revenge and – more importantly – glory.

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