The Argentine side desperately need a win tonight to placate their supporters, following a shock home defeat at the weekend, a loss that has seen them slip further behind in the Championship race.
They are not used to losing at their Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium, suffering only 10 league losses in 8 years, however, this also comes shortly after the unbelievable defeat by Copa Libertadores minnows, Caracas. Meaning that anything other than 3 points today, will be seen as unacceptable and heads will probably roll, including current coach Daniel Passarella.
I do not think that will happen, like most teams that play at high altitude, LDU are poor travellers, they have yet to record a domestic away win this season and have won only 2 of 12 road trips. In this competition they have won twice, in 14 matches outside of Ecuador.
River Plate really need this win and should run out comfortable winners, they met in 2005 the hosts winning 4-2 and something similar looks on the cards. They have a fine record in the Copa, winning 18 of 23 at home, usually only losing to the very best, or in "dead" matches.
4 points River Plate -1.25 goals 1.83 asian line. Result 0-0 -4 pts