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The second stage of Copa Libertadores offers a few interesting matchups, including the Barcelona vs Universitario duel. With that in mind, we have prepared a preview of this game and some free betting tips.
Our latest betting picks and predictions for Barcelona vs Universitario
If you need some help to find the perfect bet for Barcelona vs Universitario, check our top betting tips for this duel:
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Barcelona to Win with Handicap (-1)
Despite the fact that they reached the semi-finals of Copa Libertadores last season, Barcelona had to start the new season in this competition from the first stage of qualifiers. Furthermore, they had a tough task against City Torque and only managed to progress after penalties.
Still, Barcelona is the clear favourite against Universitario, a team that was third last season in Peruvian Liga 1. We expect to see much better showing from Barcelona compared to last stage and we can see them winning this game by two or more goals.
Barcelona to Win at Half Time and Full Time
Since we expect Barcelona to win this game by at least two goals, we can also see Barcelona leading at half time and holding on to the lead to win the game.
After all, Barcelona is the better team on paper and they are hosting the first leg against Universitario, so we can see them starting the game strongly and scoring an early goal.
Both Teams to Score – No
These two teams haven’t met in recent years and it’s tough to know what to expect from their match in terms of goals. That being said, our prediction is for at least one team to fail to score.
After all, both teams score in just one of the last three games played by Barcelona in all competitions, while the same is true for one of the first three Universitario matches in the new season of Liga 1.
Barcelona vs Universitario preview: An easy job for the home team?
After reaching the semi-finals of Copa Libertadores last season, Barcelona will now have to get to the group stages of the competition through qualifiers since they were only fourth last season in the Ecuadorian league. In fact, Barcelona started their journey in the first round and they needed to go to penalties to eliminate City Torque in that matchup.
The team from Lima finished last season in the Peruvian league in third place in the aggregate standings, securing themselves a spot in the Copa Libertadores qualifiers. Meanwhile, Universitario started the new season with a couple of wins from the first three rounds in their domestic championship.
The best odds and important stats for Barcelona vs Universitario
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The most common questions for Barcelona vs Universitario
- Where will the first leg be played? The first leg will be played at Estadio Banco Pichincha in Guayaquil.
- When does the match kick off? The match kicks off at 12:30 am GMT on Thursday, February 24th.
- Who is the favourite to win the game? Barcelona is the clear favourite to win the game at 1/3 (1.33) odds.