Botafogo vs Junior Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 April 2024, 13:27

In the opening match of group D, Botafogo will host Junior Barranquilla at the Estadio Nilton Santos in Rio De Janeiro. Besides these two, the teams will contend with Ecuadorian LDU and Peruvian Universitario De Deportes in the group D. Both Botafogo and Junior approach this clash in a positive mood, after winning their previous matches in the domestic competitions. With this in mind, they are ready to start their Copa Libertadores campaign with the first head to head match in history of these two clubs. 

Botafogo vs Junior Preview 

Botafogo Preview

Botafogo approaches the first match of the group stage in nearly perfect state - three wins in a row; moreover, the last defeat of the team was 11 matches ago. The team confidently cruised through qualification rounds before getting to the group stage, defeating Bolivian Aurora (1-1, 6-0) and Red Bull Bragantino (2-1, 1-1). In addition, Botafogo seems to be ready for the start of Brazilian Serie A, given their successful performance during the Carioca championship at the beginning of the season. Botafogo is considered as the favourite of the group and even though the team have never reached the finals of Copa Libertadores, this season, it has chances to compete on the highest level.

Junior Preview 

Junior has already played 14 rounds of Colombian Primera A and is currently situated at the 6th place with 24 points. After a series of 3 consecutive losses, recorded in the mid February, the team managed to get out of the crisis and currently has only one loss in the last 6 matches. As one of the most renowned Colombian teams, Junior appeared in 17 Copa Libertadores draws in its history, with the highest achievement being the semifinals in 1996. Arturo Reyes emphasised that this season, the team will do its best to pass the group stage, something that Junior was not able to do for four attempts in a row. As the runner-up of Superliga Colombia in 2024, the team is considered to have enough resources to compete on the highest continental level of South America.

Betting Tips for Botafogo vs Junior

Botafogo to Win

Even though Botafogo does not have that much experience as Junior in terms of participating in Copa Libertadores, Brazilians are showing more cohesive game at the current stage of the season. Junior still looks feverish, sliding from a series of defeats to draws and sporadic wins. Unibet gives 1.58 for this Botafogo vs Junior prediction.

Both Teams to Score

Despite being the favourite, Botafogo does not look impeccable in the defence, conceding from a vast array of different teams of different class. In the last 10 matches, Botafogo was able to keep their net clean only in 4 matches - against Boavista, Audax and Aurora. At the same time, Botafogo rarely leaves the pitch without at least one goal - last time it happened in the beginning of February against Flamengo (1-0). Botafogo vs Junior odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 2.01.

First to Score - Botafogo

It is evident that Botafogo enjoys taking initiative, especially when the team plays at Estadio Nilton Santos. The four-match winning run at home speaks for itself, as well as the fact that Botafogo scored first in the last 9 out of 10 matches. Unibet gives 1.63 for this Botafogo vs Junior tip.

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