Internacional vs Bolivar Match Analysis & Prediction
30/08/2023 1:00 am
Internacional and Bolivar will both be seeking to be the first team to earn a place in the Copa Libertadores semi-finals when they meet on Wednesday at Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda.
When these sides met in La Paz for the opening leg last week, the visitors stunned the home crowd with a 16th-minute goal and hung on from there, winning the opening leg of this tie 1-0.
That was only the second time in club history that Internacional had emerged victorious from a Copa Libertadores fixture played in Bolivia, with the first one coming back in 2011 at Jorge Wilstermann in the group stage (4-1).
Eduardo Coudet and his team are now on the verge of a semi-final berth at this competition for the first time since 2015, needing a win or draw to reach that stage.
Internacional have never lost to a Bolivian opponent at home in this competition while also never conceding to any club from there, outscoring Always Ready, The Strongest and Jorge Wilstermann by a combined score of 9-0.
Despite having much of the possession (63%) and five shots on target in the first leg, Bolivar failed to create many quality chances against Internacional.
It was the first time this club had tasted defeat on home soil at the Libertadores this year, with their 10-game unbeaten run at Estadio Hernando Siles across all competitions ending as a result.
However, Bolivar have progressed in two of their previous three two-legged affairs at this tournament when trailing after the opening match, the last time being in 2021, beating Montevideo Wanderers 5-0 following a 1-0 defeat in the opener.
In 12 of their 15 matches played in Brazil at the Libertadores, Benat San Jose’s side have come away with nothing, winning only once in normal time against Athletico Paranaense in 2002 (2-1).
Internacional vs. Bolivar Head to head
These two teams have previously met just once in the first leg of this tie, with Internacional winning 1-0 away from home.
Internacional Team News
Lucas Ramos, Gustavo Campanharo and Romulo were all sidelined for Internacional in the opening leg of this tie due to knee injuries.
Enner Valencia picked up his second goal of the competition last week, both of which have come away from home, while Sergio Rochet made five stops for his first clean sheet of the competition.
Internacional's Last 5 Matches
09/08/2023Internacional(P)2River Plate1CONMEBOL Libertadores
Bolivar Team News
San Jose made one change to the Bolivar starting XI in the first leg from the side that began the last Libertadores game against Athletico Paranaense, as Bruno Savio replaced Jairo Quinteros.
Ronnie Fernandez leads them with four goals in this competition, as he had a brace and Diego Bejarano scored once in their previous Libertadores win in the last 16 (3-1 against Paranaense).
Bolivar's Last 5 Matches
09/08/2023Athletico Paranaense2Bolivar0(P)CONMEBOL Libertadores
16/08/2023Bolivar2Jorge Wilstermann0Copa de la Division Profesional
19/08/2023Bolivar3Libertad Gran Mamore0Primera Division
Internacional vs. Bolivar: Odds and Predictions
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