Junior vs Botafogo Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the Copa Libertadores Group Stage match between Junior and Botafogo on Tuesday, May 28th 2024.

 
10:56am on Tuesday 28th May 2024
By
Jake Skudder

As the Copa Libertadores Group D stage nears its conclusion, the clash between Atletico Junior and Botafogo is set to be a thrilling encounter.

Both teams have already secured their spots in the knockout rounds, but this match will determine who tops the group. Here's a comprehensive preview of the game, including predictions, team news, and form analysis.

Match Preview

Atletico Junior and Botafogo are neck-and-neck in Group D, both boasting nine points.

Junior leads with a superior goal difference, meaning a draw will be enough for them to finish first.

However, Botafogo, riding high on a recent winning streak, will be aiming for victory to claim the top spot.

Atletico Junior's Form

Junior remains unbeaten in the Copa Libertadores this season, one of only five teams to do so.

They have won two of their five matches, including a crucial 1-0 victory over LDU Quito. Despite drawing their other three games, their consistent performances have kept them at the top of the group.

Domestically, Junior's form has been mixed, with one win, one draw, and one loss in their last three games.

Their latest match saw them triumph 1-0 over Atletico Bucaramanga, giving them a boost ahead of this crucial fixture.

Botafogo's Form

Botafogo, on the other hand, has seen a remarkable turnaround since their early group-stage losses.

They have won their last three Copa Libertadores matches, including a narrow 1-0 victory over Universitario.

This resurgence has not come at the expense of their domestic form, where they have secured eight wins in their last ten matches across all competitions.

In their previous encounter with Junior, Botafogo suffered a 3-1 defeat at home. However, the team has since improved under new management and will be keen to avenge that loss.

Team News

Atletico Junior

Junior will be without their third-choice goalkeeper Sebastian Araujo due to a herniated disc.

However, they have no new injury concerns. Key players Marco Perez and Jose Enamorado return from suspension and are expected to feature prominently alongside veteran striker Carlos Bacca.

Botafogo

Botafogo faces several injury issues, with Lyon loanee Jeffinho out with a thigh injury, joining Rafael, Fernando Marcal, Pablo, Tiquinho Soares, and Matheus Nascimento on the sidelines.

Despite these absences, the team remains strong, with Jefferson Savarino and Luiz Henrique likely to support top scorer Junior Santos.

Predicted Lineups

Atletico Junior

Goalkeeper: Mele

Defenders: Pacheco, Olivera, Pena, Fuentes

Midfielders: Enamorado, Moreno, Cantillo, Chara

Forwards: Bacca, Perez

Botafogo

Goalkeeper: Victor

Defenders: Ponte, Halter, Bastos, Hugo

Midfielders: Freitas, Barbosa

Attacking Midfielders: Henrique, Tche Tche, Savarino

Forward: Santos

Prediction

Given their current form and the stakes, this match is expected to be tightly contested.

Botafogo's improved performances under their new coach, combined with the scoring prowess of Junior Santos, give them a slight edge.

Our Prediction: Atletico Junior 1-2 Botafogo

For all of the analysis of Junior vs Botafogo as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

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