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May 11, 2021 at 11.15pm UK
The StrongestThe Strongest
2-0
BarcelonaBarcelona SC
Reinoso (45+1', 65')
Wayar (10'), Manuel Sagredo Chavez (69'), Blackburn (76'), Fernando Martelli Dias (83')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Pineida (1'), Martinez (22'), Pinatares (90+4')

Preview: The Strongest vs. Barcelona SC - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: The Strongest vs. Barcelona SC - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Copa Libertadores clash between The Strongest and Barcelona SC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Barcelona SC square off against The Strongest on Tuesday with the opportunity to confirm their place in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores.

While the visitors have a 100% record and three successive clean sheets, The Strongest have lost every game in Group C without scoring a goal.


Match preview

Barcelona are not having it their own way in the Ecuadorian top flight right now, sitting in second position and two points adrift of top spot.

However, Fabian Bustos's side have emerged as one of the teams of this season's Copa Libertadores with three excellent victories, all without conceding a goal.

Their latest triumph came at home to Boca Juniors with Carlos Garces netting the decisive goal, taking his return to three strikes in as many appearances in this competition.

While seven goals looks attractive on their record, Bustos will take more satisfaction from being one of only three teams to shut out their opponents.

At a time when Barcelona have established themselves as one of the dark horses to lift the trophy later in 2021, The Strongest will almost certainly bow out at the end of the group stages.

The Bolivian outfit are not used to competing in this company, and that has showed with 10 goals being shipped without reply in 270 minutes.

Alberto Illanes will be relieved to be back on home territory, although the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the reverse fixture is still fresh in his team's memory.

On a more positive note, Tigre sit at the top of the Bolivian Premier Division standings with 16 points from six matches to their name.

Jeyson Chura and Jair Reinoso are their key men with seven goals being scored between them on the domestic scene.

The Strongest Copa Libertadores form:
  • L
  • L
  • L

The Strongest form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

Barcelona SC Copa Libertadores form:
  • W
  • W
  • W

Barcelona SC form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Team News

Barring any late fitness issues, Barcelona could go with the same team which started the win over Boca Juniors.

That will leave the likes of Leonel Quinonez and Gonzalo Mastriani having to make do with a spot among the replacements.

The Strongest boss Illanes will inevitably make changes to the team which succumbed 5-0 to Santos.

Chura is among the players in contention for a recall, the versatile youngster potentially getting the nod over Ramiro Vaca.

Fran Pastor could also come into the team on the right flank at the expense of Rudy Cardozo.

The Strongest possible starting lineup:
Vaca; Torres, Castillo, Valverde, Sagredo; Wayar, Arrascaita; Pastor, Chura, Willie; Reinoso

Barcelona SC possible starting lineup:
Burrai; Leon, Pinatares, Riveros; Castillo, Molina, Martinez, Pineida; Hoyos, Garces, Diaz


We say: The Strongest 0-2 Barcelona SC

Given the respective records of the two sides, we can only predict a routine victory for the visitors. Complacency could be an issue, but Barcelona should have plenty in the tank to ease to another three points.



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