Border rivals will go to war when Boca Juniors host Santos in the 2021 Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, barely three months after the two teams met in last season’s semi-finals. Three-time Copa champions Santos emerged 3-0 aggregate victors in January before going on to lose to Palmeiras in the 2020 final, but standards have slipped for the Brazilian giants since then.
Argentinian rivals Boca, on the other hand, have lost just twice in 15 games since they last faced the Peixe and will be full of hope that they can clinch their revenge at La Bombonera:
What TV Channel is Boca-Santos on?
Two colossal forces of South American soccer will collide sooner than expected, with beIN SPORTS en Español + 7 airing the entertainment starting from 8:20 p.m. ET. You can live stream Copa Libertadores matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Boca Juniors vs. Santos
When: Tuesday, April 27
Where: La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: beIN SPORTS en Español + 7
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
The Buenos Aires outfit have already contested more Copa Libertadores finals than any other team (11). However, a seventh title win would see them pull level with fellow Argentines Independiente as the most decorated club in the competition’s history. Their quest got off to an ideal start as Sebastian Villa’s seventh-minute decider sealed a 1-0 win over Bolivian heavyweights The Strongest:
Boca have won three games in a row for the first time in 2021 and can move to the top of Group C if they triumph in what will be their maiden home fixture of the campaign. Currently blocking their route to the summit is Ecuadorian upstarts Barcelona, who surprised Santos 2-0 on their own soil during the first round of fixtures. The Brazilians have since lost twice more without scoring ahead of their trip to Buenos Aires.
Yeferson Soteldo scored one of Santos’ three goals against Boca in January, but the Venezuelan international has since joined Major League Soccer side Toronto. As if that wasn’t a big enough loss, the club is currently without a manager after Ariel Holan resigned when fans protested outside his home following a desperate run of form:
Carlos Tevez & Co. have more than just home advantage running in their favor as a result, and Boca will consider this a key opportunity to get the upper hand over a team that should be challenging to win Group C. Santos could be stranded at the base of the pile should they lose a second Copa outing in as many attempts, though that fate looks likely against a Boca side looking capable of a record-tying title this year.