Argentinos Juniors v Corinthians: 3/1 a Vera nice Copa bet

Copa Libertadores trophy
All set for an Argentina v Brazil battle in the Copa Libertadores

Our football props column heads to South America on Wednesday where things could get tasty in the Copa Libertadores...

  • High-carding ref for Argentina v Brazil clash

  • Vera carded in 6 of 14 starts

  • 3/1 Bet Builder worth backing


Argentinos Juniors v Corinthians
Wednesday 24 May (Thu 01:30 BST)

Brighton host Manchester City in the Premier League on Wednesday but the thought of trying to second guess the City team for props purposes looks full of trouble - and could turn out to be a total waste of time.

There are other options - La Liga, Coppa Italia final - but I've long had a soft spot for the Copa Libertadores and there's a game in the 'South American Champions League' which catches the eye.

Leg 1: Over 5.5 cards

Argentina v Brazil battles in this competition have a long history of being what I'll call 'feisty' and I'd certainly expect cards when Buenos Aires-based Argentinos Juniors host Corinthians, of Sao Paulo.

Corinthians could certainly do with battling their way to at least a point given a group situation which has them on just three points after three of the six games.

Carlos Ortega looks a decent referee appointment - the Colombian is averaging more than six cards per game in his domestic league this year, while in his three CONMEBOL matches (that's this competition and the Copa Sudamericana) he's shown 17 yellows and one red.

That's pretty much on a par with last season when he produced 25 yellows and one red in four such games.

Over 5.5 cards therefore looks a solid base for our Bet Builder.

Leg 2: Fausto Vera to be shown a card

Player cards are also worth looking at and two names, one on each team, look to have real potential.

For the hosts, centre-back Kevin Mac Allister - brother of Brighton's Alexis - has been carded in seven of his last 14 games, including two of three in this competition.

No-one has committed more fouls or won more tackles in the Libertadores so far, so 17/10 about another here is tempting.

However, it is the visitors' Fausto Vera who makes more appeal at 2/1.

The defensive midfielder should be right in the heart of the battle, especially with the group-leading hosts odds-on for victory.

Vera, who is Argentinian, also has two cards (and six fouls) in his three Libertadores games thus far, while his overall total this season is six cards in 14 starts.

A Vera card, coupled with over 5.5 total cards pays around 3/1, while adding Mac Allister would take the price north of 8/1.

Back over 5.5 cards & Fausto Vera to be shown a card @

3/1

Column P/L 2022/23

Staked: 309pts
Returned: 350.56pts
P/L: +41.56pts

New customers can get £20 in Free Bets!

New customers who sign up here, can earn up to £20 in free bets when they place a £5 wager. T&Cs apply.

Prices quoted in copy are correct at time of publication but liable to change.