Betting in South America – Football Betting Tips & odds
There is no other continent where football is lived so enthusiastically like in South America. The Ballon d’Or, the title of world footballer, which has been awarded in this form (for players from all over the world and not just for Europeans) since 1991, went eight times to Brazil and seven times – always for Lionel Messi – to Argentina.
Before The Golden Ball era South America was home to some of the world’s greatest players of all time, most notably Brazilian ball wizard Pelé and Argentine dribbling genius Diego Maradona. With the following statistics, trends and information you can successfully place sporting bets on soccer games in South America.
The South American counterpart to the UEFA Champions League is the Copa Libertadores, the equivalent to the UEFA Europa League is the Copa Sudamericana. Both competitions are played in roughly the same game mode as the Champions League and are considered highly attractive because they are always good for surprises. In the 2000s, the highest South American football competition saw not only winners from Brazil and Argentina, but also from Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay.
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Betting on the Copa Libertadores – The South American Champions League
The Copa Libertadores, sometimes referred to as just “Copa” or just “Libertadores”, was held for the first time in 1960. The tournament’s record winner is the Argentine top side CA Independiente with seven trophies. Argentina also holds the most titles at 25, followed by Brazil with 21 trophies from which Palmeiras Sao Paulo won two more in 2020 and 2021. A total of seven South American countries have already won this tournament – of all participating countries in South America, only Peru and Venezuela have so far remained without a title. Mexican clubs used to take part in the tournament, but they now play in the North American Football Federation.
The most successful title holders of Copa Libertadores
7 CA Independiente (ARG)
6 Boca Juniors (ARG)
5 Peñarol Montevideo (URU)
4 Estudiantes de la Plata (ARG)
River Plate (ARG)
3 Club Olimpia (PAR)
Nacional Montevideo (URU)
FC Sao Paulo (BRA)
Gremio Porto Alegre (BRA)
FC Santos (BRA)
Palmeiras Sao Paulo (BRA)
The Copa Libertadores is characterized by numerous duels ‘David versus Goliath’ and when betting on the largest competition in South America, but also on the smaller Copa Sudamericana, there are a few details to consider that do not exist in Europe. For example, several teams take part in the South American tournaments, whose home stadiums are at 3,000 or 4,000 meters above sea level. These teams, although possibly inferior to the opponent in terms of quality, have a not to be underestimated advantage over the away team due to the thinner air. So it always pays off for pre-game betting as well as for live betting to take a quick look at the venue. Especially at matches in Bolivia or Ecuador, it is conceivable that the away team will run out of air in the course of the second half due to the extreme conditions.
Betting on the Copa Sudamericana
The Copa Sudamericana is the successor to the Copa Mercosur, the Copa Merconorte and the Copa CONMEBOL and has been held since 2002. In this tournament too, the Argentinians are record holders with eight trophies won. Interestingly enough, CA Independiente are current record champions with two titles. The Avellaneda team is on par with the Boca Juniors, who were also victorious twice. As in the Copa Libertadores, there is a large spread of winners and so far teams from seven countries have won a title. Also Mexico, which no longer participates in the tournament. The Boca Juniors are the only team that has managed to defend a title in the Copa Sudamericana so far.
Betting on the Copa América
An extremely traditional competition for South American national teams is the Copa América, which has been held since 1916 and basically takes place every three years, although this concept changes again and again. In 2016, for example, a hundred-year-old tournament was pushed in and it happened that the games were played every two, sometimes even every year. The Copa América is the South American counterpart to the UEFA European Championship and is considered the oldest football tournament in the world.
The most successful title winners in the Copa América
- Uruguay (15)
- Argentina (15)
- Brazil (9)
- Paraguay (2)
Due to the small number of participants, there is no qualification stage for the Copa América. However, visiting teams sometimes play along. In the past this was for example the USA, Japan, Jamaica or Qatar. Argentinian Guillermo Stábile, who became the top scorer at the first World Cup in 1930, holds an impressive record: the former star, who died in 1966, won the Copa América six times between 1941 and 1957 as a coach. The “Copa” record goal scorers also played during this time: Argentinian Norberto Méndez and Brazilian Zizinho scored 17 goals each.
In 2021 Argentina won the tournament for the first time in 28 years which was also Lionel Messi’s first big title on international level.
Betting on South American leagues
Thousands of fans come to South America’s stadiums every week to watch the heated games of the national leagues. The most interesting championships are naturally held in the two most successful football nations on the continent, in Argentina and Brazil. But smaller countries are also home to highly interesting clubs and scenes of great derbies and duels between bitter rivals.
Brazil: Betting on the Campeonato Brasileiro
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The Campeonato Brasileiro, often referred to simply as Serie A, is the top division of Brazilian football and one of the largest pools for young talents and uprising stars. The league has been held since 1971 and comprises 20 teams that play for the title in 38 games. The predecessor of the league, the Taca Brasil, which was held from 1959, is now also recognized in the title statistics. Record champions are Palmeiras from Sao Paulo with ten titles won, followed by FC Santos with eight and the Corinthians Sao Paulo with seven trophies.
Palmeiras – Betting on the Green and Whites from Sao Paulo
Betting Tipps Palmeiras
- Der Verein steht derzeit auf Platz 1 in der Tabelle.
- Palmeiras hat die letzten 19 von 20 Spiele nicht verloren.
- Palmeiras hat die letzten 19 von 20 Auswärtsspiele nicht verloren.
- In den letzten 13 von 14 Heimspiele des Palmeiras ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 10 von 11 Heimspiele hat Palmeiras zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 10 von 11 Auswärtsspiele hat Palmeiras zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
Brazilian record champions Palmeiras had their best time in the 1960s and 1970s, but has reappeared in recent years and won the championships in 2016 and 2018. Shortly before that, however, the club even had to relegate to Serie B, but came up again immediately. Palmeiras is an average team when it comes to the number of goals per game, so there are hardly any big exceptions up or down. The Green and Whites developed later world stars like Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo or Mazzola. The biggest club legend is midfielder Ademir, who played an incredible 901 games for the club. Palmeiras is also a good address for aging Brazilian players who played in Europe and want to end their careers at home – this is the case with Zé Roberto or Denílson.
FC Santos – Betting on Pelés club
Betting Tipps Santos
- Santos hat die letzten 13 von 14 Spiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- Santos hat die letzten 7 von 8 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 12 von 14 Heimspiele hat Santos zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 6 von 7 Heimspiele des Santos ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- Santos hat die letzten 5 von 6 Spiele nicht gewonnen.
619 goals in 638 games – these are the almost incredible statistics of the possibly best footballer of all time, Pelé, for FC Santos. The Black and White from the state of Sao Paulo can be confidently referred to as ‘Pelés Club’. But even later the club was distinguished by the development of later world stars such as Neymar, Robinho or Diego. Santos is still one of the top addresses in the Brazilian league, but is always dependent on the quality of its youth teams. Contrary to what the big stars of the past suggest, FC Santos is not a team that regularly celebrates goal festivals. Much more, they developed into a pragmatic, but sometimes a bit too playful, team.
Corinthians Sao Paulo – Betting on Timao
Betting Tipps Corinthians
- In den letzten 19 von 20 Spiele des Corinthians ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 19 von 20 Auswärtsspiele des Corinthians ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 12 von 14 Auswärtsspiele hat Corinthians zumindest ein Tore bekommen.
- Corinthians hat die letzten 17 von 20 Heimspiele nicht verloren.
- Corinthians hat die letzten 9 von 11 Spiele nicht verloren.
The Black and White from Sao Paulo, who are also known as Timao, which means “big team”, are undisputedly one of the top teams and also one of the most popular football clubs in Brazil. The club has over 130,000 members, making it one of the largest teams in South America. The Corinthians are the developers of later top stars and world champions such as Rivelino or Sócrates. Also Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos played for the club in their last seasons. Corinthians regularly play at the top, but the season’s performances fluctuate greatly. For example, the 2013 season ended only in tenth place, with a goal difference of 27-22, which corresponds to only 1.28 goals per game – a value that can hardly be lower. In general, the team’s “goal per game” statistics are almost always below the league average.
FC Sao Paulo – Betting on Tricolor
Betting Tipps São Paulo
- In den letzten 18 von 20 Auswärtsspiele des São Paulo ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- São Paulo hat die letzten 6 von 7 Auswärtsspiele nicht verloren.
- São Paulo hat die letzten 6 von 7 Spiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 6 von 7 Spiele hat São Paulo zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 6 von 7 Auswärtsspiele hat São Paulo zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
The Tricolor from Sao Paulo are also one of the most popular and with six championship titles, three Copa Libertadores trophies and three Club World Cup victories one of the most successful clubs in Brazil. The Red, White and Blacks established themselves as one of the top teams in the country, especially from the 1990s, when they brought out football stars like Careca, Cafú or Raí, and later also the world footballer of 2007, Kaká. The club was always keen towards controlled play and defensive stability and is considered a pragmatic and rather conservative team and it’s always hard to score against ‘Tricolor’.
Flamengo – betting on the Red and Blacks from Rio
Betting Tipps Flamengo
- In den letzten 16 von 17 Heimspiele des Flamengo ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 15 von 16 Heimspiele hat Flamengo zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 18 von 20 Spiele hat Flamengo zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 9 von 10 Auswärtsspiele hat Flamengo zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- Flamengo hat die letzten 15 von 17 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
Flamengo, one of the great identification figures of Rio de Janeiro, were founded in 1895. This is the most important club of the 1980s, while the team appeared rather capricious in the modern football era: in 2013, for example, they were almost relegated and three years later they found themselves at the top of the league with dynamic, technically strong football. In 2019 the team became champions with 90 points and 86 goals. The 1981 Club World Cup winner is known as an international club, for which many European players repeatedly appeared. Unlike some of the clubs from Sao Paulo, Flamengo relied more on seasoned players and repeatedly signed expensive (old) stars from Europe. The number of young players used at Flamengo is slightly lower than at other major Brazilian clubs.
Fluminense – Betting on the oldest club in Rio
Betting Tipps Fluminense
- Fluminense hat die letzten 12 von 13 Heimspiele nicht verloren.
- In den letzten 12 von 13 Heimspiele hat Fluminense zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- Fluminense hat die letzten 16 von 18 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 11 von 13 Spiele des Fluminense ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 5 von 6 Heimspiele des Fluminense sind mehr als 2 Tore gefallen.
Just like the big city rival Flamengo, Fluminense, also known as “Flu”, plays in Maracana, the former largest football stadium in the world. Fluminense is the oldest football club in Rio de Janeiro and even though it has won over 30 regional state championships, the club has only won four Brazilian championship titles. The club’s greatest legends, Walter and Tele Santana, played for the Red and Greens in the 1950s. The latter later also worked as a coach for Fluminense, as did the later world champion coaches Mario Zagallo and Carlos Alberto Parreira, who had four terms at the club. In recent years, due to financial problems, the club has been found in the lower half of the Brazilian Serie A table regularly.
Brazil’s biggest games
Rivalries between clubs and their supporters are common like sand on Ipanema beach in Brazil. These are the hottest derbies and traditional duels in the country of the record world champion.
Corinthians – Palmeiras: Betting on the Derby Paulista
- 14.08.22 Corinthians Palmeiras
- 24.04.22 Palmeiras Corinthians
- 26.09.21 Corinthians Palmeiras
- 13.06.21 Palmeiras Corinthians
- 18.01.21 Palmeiras Corinthians
- 11.09.20 Corinthians Palmeiras
- 09.11.19 Palmeiras Corinthians
- 05.08.19 Corinthians Palmeiras
Betting Tipps Corinthians - Palmeiras
- Corinthians trifft auf den derzeitigen Ersten der Tabelle, Palmeiras.
- Corinthians trifft auf den Torgarant der Liga, Palmeiras.
- In den letzten 3 Spiele gab es stets einen Sieger.
- In den letzten 9 Spiele ist mindestens ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 4 von 8 Spiele haben beide Teams getroffen.
The big derby of Sao Paulo, called Derby Paulista, has already been played over 370 times and the balance of the duel is practically exactly balanced. It happens every few years that one of the teams regains the lead in the eternal overall ranking or the other team relinquishes the lead. The number of draws is almost the same as that of the victories of the two teams. You could also call this ancient duel one of the most balanced derbies in the football world.
As with many other derbies, the explosiveness of the duel between the Corinthians and Palmeiras is due to social causes. The Corinthians represent the proletariat and the working class, while Palmeiras was founded by wealthy English immigrants. Especially in Brazil, where the gap between rich and poor is very high, this creates a lot of heat and riots between the fans. In modern football, the duel between these two teams has always been one with few goals. Even encounters with three or more goals have been a rarity in the past decade.
Corinthians – Sao Paulo FC: Betting on the Clássico Majestoso
- 11.09.22 São Paulo Corinthians
- 22.05.22 Corinthians São Paulo
- 19.10.21 São Paulo Corinthians
- 01.07.21 Corinthians São Paulo
- 13.12.20 Corinthians São Paulo
- 30.08.20 São Paulo Corinthians
- 13.10.19 São Paulo Corinthians
- 27.05.19 Corinthians São Paulo
Betting Tipps Corinthians - São Paulo
- Bei den letzten beiden direkten Duellen gab es keinen Sieger.
- Bei den letzten zwei Partien haben beide Teams getroffen
- In den letzten beiden Spiele ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
The encounter between the Corinthians and Sao Paulo FC is also called the “majestic classic”. The duel is not as traditional as the Corinthians’ encounter with Palmeiras, but just as heated and always characterized by fights on and off the pitch. Especially in this game you can regularly speculate on rough games and some cards. Historically, games between these teams, which also have very tight overall records, see around 2.80 goals per game, which is a relatively high figure in Brazilian comparison. Up until 1995 there were even occasional friendly matches between the two teams, but this has since been suspended as the hatred between the supporters grew.
Santos FC – Sao Paulo FC: Betting on San-Sao
- 22.08.22 Santos São Paulo
- 03.05.22 São Paulo Santos
- 07.10.21 São Paulo Santos
- 20.06.21 Santos São Paulo
- 10.01.21 São Paulo Santos
- 13.09.20 Santos São Paulo
- 16.11.19 Santos São Paulo
- 10.08.19 São Paulo Santos
Betting Tipps Santos - São Paulo
- Die letzten beiden Spiele sind nicht Unentschieden ausgegangen
- In den letzten 8 Spiele ist mindestens ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 2 von 3 Spiele haben beide Teams getroffen.
In the game between FC Santos and FC Sao Paulo, two of the historically most successful Brazilian clubs meet, which also makes the duel very explosive and one of the five most important derbies of the city and the Sao Paulo region. In the overall balance of the derby, Sao Paulo FC have the lead with a small gap of around 30 wins and when these two teams meet, an average of around 2.65 goals per game are scored. However, this is due to the spectacular “San-Sao” duels of the early days and even if there are still a little more goals nowadays than, for example, at Corinthians against Palmeiras, the duel is now more of a “low scoring game”.
Palmeiras – Sao Paulo FC: Betting on the Choque-Rei
- 16.10.22 Palmeiras São Paulo
- 21.06.22 São Paulo Palmeiras
- 18.11.21 Palmeiras São Paulo
- 01.08.21 São Paulo Palmeiras
- 20.02.21 São Paulo Palmeiras
- 11.10.20 Palmeiras São Paulo
- 30.10.19 Palmeiras São Paulo
- 14.07.19 São Paulo Palmeiras
Betting Tipps Palmeiras - São Paulo
- São Paulo trifft auf den derzeitigen Ersten der Tabelle, Palmeiras.
- São Paulo trifft auf den Torgarant der Liga, Palmeiras.
- Die letzte Begegnung ist Unentschieden ausgegangen.
- In den letzten 8 von 10 Spiele ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- Bei den letzten 2 von 3 Spiele hat es einen Gewinner gegeben.
The next big Sao Paulo derby on our list is called the “Clash of Kings”. The Choque-Rei between Palmeiras and Sao Paulo FC was held for the first time in 1930 and, like some other derbies in the state of Sao Paulo, is historically extremely balanced. Sao Paulo is only marginally ahead in the overall balance, but in the recent football era Palmeiras is the team that does quite a lot better here. An impressive streak was achieved by Palmeiras at Campeonato Brasileiro between 1974 and 1999. During that time, they remained undefeated for 25 games in Brazil’s top division (but not in the regional Campeonato Paulista competition). Choque-Rei’s record attendance also dates from the 1970s, when 115,000 fans made a pilgrimage to the Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo. In recent years and decades, the Choque-Rei has seen more goals overall than other Sao Paulo derbies.
Corinthians – FC Santos: Betting on the Clássico Alvinegro
- 23.10.22 Santos Corinthians
- 26.06.22 Corinthians Santos
- 21.11.21 Corinthians Santos
- 08.08.21 Santos Corinthians
- 17.02.21 Santos Corinthians
- 08.10.20 Corinthians Santos
- 26.10.19 Corinthians Santos
- 13.06.19 Santos Corinthians
Betting Tipps Corinthians - Santos
- Das letzte Spiel ist nicht Unentschieden ausgegangen.
- Im letzten Spiel ist mindestens ein Tor gefallen.
- Die letzten 4 von 7 Spiele endeten Unentschieden.
The duel between the Corinthians and FC Santos is referred to as the “black and white classic”, referring to the club colors of the two rivals. While FC Santos usually had the lead here in the days of Pelé, the Corinthians have now a better overall record and will not give it up for a long time. This derby is clearly one of the hig-scoring games in Brazilian football and with an average of around 3.25 goals per game, it is significantly more attractive than other top duels. This refers not only to the long past, but also to the more recent, although exceptions are possible from time to time, such as in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Here, live bets are particularly recommended in order to correctly interpret the course of the Alvinegro.
Atlético Mineiro – Cruzeiro: betting on the Mineiro derby
The Clássico Mineiro is the 100 year old derby between Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro, the two arch rivals from Belo Horizonte. The game has been played nearly 500 times and is considered one of the hottest derbies in all of South America. With around 2.70 goals per game, the goal per game average of the Mineiro derby is ordinary in comparison. However, the stands are far beyond average and between the 1960s and 1980s there were eight clashes between these two teams, which attracted more than 100,000 spectators. The record dates from 1969 with 123,300 viewers. Since this is one of the wildest derbies ever, live betting on cards is recommended, but also on general foul statistics. Friendliness and fair play are absolute rarities at Clássico Mineiro.
Flamengo – Fluminense: Betting on Fla-Flu
- 18.09.22 Flamengo Fluminense
- 29.05.22 Fluminense Flamengo
- 24.10.21 Fluminense Flamengo
- 04.07.21 Flamengo Fluminense
- 07.01.21 Flamengo Fluminense
- 10.09.20 Fluminense Flamengo
- 20.10.19 Flamengo Fluminense
- 10.06.19 Fluminense Flamengo
Betting Tipps Flamengo - Fluminense
- In den letzten 3 Spiele sind mehr als 2 Tore gefallen.
- In den letzten 3 Spiele haben beide Teams getroffen.
- In den letzten 7 Spiele gab es stets einen Sieger.
Never before more people came to a soccer game than to the Fla-Flu in 1963. At that time, 194,603 spectators came to the city derby of Rio de Janeiro in the city’s Maracana Stadium. The great rivalry began in 1911 when unfortunate Fluminense players left the club and joined Flamengo. At that time, however, they did not have a football department, which was founded without further ado. And then the Fla-Flu was born – the first duel in 1912 only attracted 800 spectators. But this has changed massively to this day and the duel is now also known as O Clássico das Multidões, the “classic of the masses”. The fierce duel between the two city rivals from the Copa Cabana has been played over 400 times and is a game in which both teams like to attack, which is why there are often “over” results. The overall average of the game is about 2.75 goals per game.
Flamengo – Vasco da Gama: Betting on the Clássico dos Milhoes
Somewhat less heated than the Fla-Flu, but still an important city duel in Rio den Janeiro is the game between Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, which is known as the “classic of the millions”. The duel has its roots in rowing before clubs founded their football departments. Back then, in the 1920s, the sport was more for the wealthy upper class, but Vasco da Gama was the first club that also allowed rowers – and subsequently footballers – from the black population. This put Vasco on the sideline socially, but the club gladly accepted it and positioned itself as a workers’ association or “association for all”. In 1923, Vasco won the title, immediately after being promoted, which Flamengo and Fluminense were not comfortable with. Because Vasco used black players, the two established Rio clubs even wanted to create a new competition and exclude Vasco. This racist attitude was the beginning for a big rivalry with Vasco, but also for Flamengo and Fluminense to open up and allow black players a few years later. Flamengo narrowly leads the overall balance after almost 400 duels today, although Vasco was able to close the gap to the big rival with players like Bebeto, Romario and Edmundo in the 1990s.
Betting on the Argentine Primera División
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The Primera División, also known as Superliga Argentina, is the top division in Argentine football. The league contains numerous clubs with a long tradition, but has always been characterized by the big city duel of the capital Buenos Aires between the Boca Juniors and River Plate. In the league, which was held for the first time in 1891, there are seven teams that have been champions at least ten times.
River Plate – Betting on the Millonarios
Betting Tipps River Plate
- Die Mannschaft hat bisher mit 43 Toren die meisten Treffer in dieser Saison erzielt.
- In den letzten 10 von 11 Spiele des River Plate ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- River Plate hat die letzten 8 von 9 Auswärtsspiele gewonnen.
- River Plate hat die letzten 5 von 6 Spiele gewonnen.
- In den letzten 5 von 6 Auswärtsspiele des River Plate ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 4 von 5 Heimspiele hat River Plate zumindest ein Tore bekommen.
The record champion in Argentina is River Plate, also known as Los Millonarios, meaning “the millionaires”. The club from the Argentine capital has won 37 recognized championship titles in its long history and is considered one of the most successful clubs on the continent. The rivalry with the Boca Juniors is particularly legendary. When the two teams meet everybody speaks of the Superclásico, the most important derby in South America. River Plate has won the Copa Libertadores four times.
The club brought out numerous top Argentinian players: For example, Roberto Ayala, Martin Demichelis, Javier Mascherano and goalkeeper legend Sergio Goycochea were developed by the club. The world champion and later coach Daniel Passarella spent nine years of his career at River Plate. The most famous attacking players the club produced are Javier Saviola, Gonzalo Higuaín, Hernán Crespo, Claudio Caniggia, Ariel Ortega, but above all the later Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano. Numerous foreign stars such as David Trezeguet, Radamel Falcao, Marcelo Salas or the former Uruguayan star Enzo Francescoli also played for the club.
Nowadays River Plate is a team that stands for relatively little spectacle and a lot of defensive stability. Especially in away games, the team has been acting minimalistic for years, but this is certainly also due to the orientation of the opponents, who play rather cautiously and with safety in mind against River Plate. In contrast to the past, the globalization of the football business means that the best players leave River Plate very early and switch to Europe expensively.
Boca Juniors – Betting on Azul y Oro
Betting Tipps Boca Juniors
- Boca Juniors hat die bisher meisten Siege (16) in dieser Liga.
- Boca Juniors hat die letzten 14 von 15 Heimspiele nicht verloren.
- In den letzten 13 von 15 Spiele des Boca Juniors ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- Boca Juniors hat die letzten 5 von 6 Spiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 5 von 6 Spiele hat Boca Juniors zumindest ein Tore bekommen.
- Boca Juniors hat die letzten 16 von 20 Spiele nicht verloren.
The club CA Boca Juniors, founded in 1905, is also known as “Azul y Oro”, meaning “blue and gold”. In addition to the blue jerseys with golden stripes, the famous La Bombonera stadium is also known to every football fan. The archrival of River Plate won 34 national championships and thus currently only two fewer than the big enemy, but two more Libertadores titles, six in number. Just like River Plate, the Boca Juniors were founded in the La Boca district, but unlike the rival, they have remained at home until today. Most of the houses in this district are now painted in the colors of the Boca Juniors.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Boca brought out players like Ricardo Gareca, Oscar Ruggeri, but above all Diego Maradona. The latter previously played five years for the Argentinos Juniors, but then used the Boca Juniors as a steppingstone to Europe and moved to Barcelona after only one year. The Argentine superstar also ended his career with the Juniors in 1997. Later, players such as Juan Román Riquelme, who is considered an absolute club legend, Martin Palermo, Walter Samuel, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Gago grew up at Boca.
The Boca Juniors have been able to stabilize strongly since the turn of the millennium and have practically always been at the top in Argentina. The Xeneizes, as they are also called because of their Genoese roots, traditionally play the finer, more technically demanding football than River Plate and score more goals. Especially in Bombonera at home, the Boca Juniors are a real power and the audience appreciates dynamic, technically strong footballers. The Boca Juniors are the most popular club in Argentina and, unlike River Plate, which appeals to the country’s upper class, are considered a working class club.
CA Independiente – Betting on the Diablos Rojos
Betting Tipps Independiente
- In den letzten 10 von 11 Heimspiele hat Independiente zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 18 von 20 Spiele des Independiente ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 18 von 20 Auswärtsspiele des Independiente ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- Independiente hat die letzten 5 von 6 Spiele unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 12 von 14 Auswärtsspiele hat Independiente zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
The Red Devils from Avellaneda, a suburb of Buenos Aires, are the record winners of the Copa Libertadores with seven titles, making them one of the most important football clubs in South America. Independiente is not as well known in Europe as River Plate or the Boca Juniors and the last championship title dates from 2002, but in Argentina the club is a big player that is always in the upper half of the table and regularly shows good performances, especially on the continental level. Independiente, in English “independent”, developed national and international stars and, above all, great strikers: For example, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlán, Germán Denis or the world champion from 1986 Jorge Burruchaga took the decisive step towards Europe through Independiente.
Racing Club – Betting on La Academia
Betting Tipps Racing Club
- Racing Club hat bisher am wenigsten Gegentore kassiert (10).
- In den letzten 10 von 11 Heimspiele hat Racing Club zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 10 von 11 Heimspiele des Racing Club ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- Racing Club hat die letzten 18 von 20 Heimspiele nicht verloren.
- Racing Club hat die letzten 5 von 6 Spiele nicht verloren.
- In den letzten 5 von 6 Spiele hat Racing Club zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
The archrival of Independiente are Racing Club de Avellaneda. The stadiums of the two clubs in the suburb of Buenos Aires are only 300 meters apart, which also makes the rivalry between the clubs very spicy geographically. The fans call the club “academy of football” after winning one title after another in the 1910s. While Independiente stands for conservative and defensively controlled football, Racing is a club that always wants to offer its fans a lot, which sometimes comes at the expense of defensive stability. Racing developed later stars of European leagues such as Lisandro López, Luciano Vietto, Sergio Romero and Diego Milito and was also the last club in Diego Simeone’s active career.
San Lorenzo – Betting on El Ciclón
Betting Tipps San Lorenzo
- Kein Team hat bisher öfter Unentschieden gespielt, als San Lorenzo (13 mal).
- San Lorenzo hat die letzten 11 von 12 Spiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 11 von 12 Spiele hat San Lorenzo zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- San Lorenzo hat die letzten 12 von 14 Spiele nicht verloren.
- San Lorenzo hat die letzten 5 von 6 Auswärtsspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 5 von 6 Auswärtsspiele hat San Lorenzo zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
One of the best and most iconic clubs in Argentina is the CA San Lorenzo de Almagro. In the 1940s, San Lorenzo, who was named El Ciclón (“The Cyclone”) and Azulgrana (“Blue and Red”), was one of the best teams in the world and in the 1960s and 1970s they managed to win an Argentine championship without losing a game. Even today, San Lorenzo has an impressive fan base and in addition to rivalries with the other big clubs from Buenos Aires, there is a particular aversion to Huracán. Pope Francis, who grew up in the slum next to the San Lorenzo stadium, is a fan of the club and there is graffiti all around the stadium with the portrait of the head of the Catholic Church.
Argentina’s greatest games
In the land of the Gauchos, there are numerous interesting, especially regional derbies, but one duel outshines everything. The Superclásico between River Plate and the Boca Juniors is well known far beyond the country’s borders and thus overshadows the many Buenos Aires derbies and other interesting rivalries around the capital.
River Plate – Boca Juniors: Betting on the Superclásico
- 11.09.22 Boca Juniors River Plate
- 20.03.22 River Plate Boca Juniors
- 03.10.21 River Plate Boca Juniors
- 14.03.21 Boca Juniors River Plate
- 03.01.21 Boca Juniors River Plate
- 01.09.19 River Plate Boca Juniors
- 23.09.18 Boca Juniors River Plate
Betting Tipps River Plate - Boca Juniors
- In den letzten 3 Spiele gab es stets einen Sieger.
- In den letzten 5 Spiele ist mindestens ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 3 von 5 Spiele haben beide Teams getroffen.
The duel between Argentina’s two top teams, River Plate and Boca Juniors, is known as Superclásico or Superderby. The derby is held at either La Bombonera or El Monumental, was first played in 1913 and since then there have been about 250 official duels between the two archrivals. With an average of about 2.50 goals per game, the duel is currently at the “over / under” limit and overall the Boca Juniors won a handful of derbies more than their rivals. In the goal difference of the duel, Boca is on average around 20 goals ahead of River.
Both clubs were founded in the La Boca district and the Boca Juniors have always been part of the working class of Italian immigrants, while River Plate, known as Los Millonarios, was the club of the rich upper class. Like many other derbies in the football world, Argentina’s top duel is a kind of culture clash. The fan groups hate each other and a match day is one of the most dangerous soccer games in the world. In the stadium, however, fans of both teams are characterized by great choreographies, an electrifying atmosphere and loud, long chants. Despite the great rivalry, there have been an enormous number of players in the history of the two clubs who have played for both clubs.
Superclásico is a game in which traditionally not many goals are scored. There is so much prestige in this clash that the teams are careful not to make any unnecessary mistakes or to attack ruthlessly – the roughness traditionally rules in this duel. The teams don’t hand out presents, there are always many fouls and the games are often torn and emotional. The fact that the grandstands look like a pressure cooker during a Superclásico reinforces this heated character. Another reason for the cautious style-of-play and roughness in this clash is the fact that both teams won almost the same number of titles at all levels and neither wants to fall behind the other. But even in important games, there are not always few goals, as was observed in 2018 when the two teams met in the Copa Libertadores final. The first leg at Boca Juniors ended 2-2, the second leg at River Plate 3-1 for the White-Reds, who scored two of their goals in stoppage time.
Independiente – Racing Club: Betting on the Avellaneda derby
- 10.07.22 Racing Club Independiente
- 20.03.22 Independiente Racing Club
- 09.08.21 Independiente Racing Club
- 11.04.21 Racing Club Independiente
- 09.02.20 Racing Club Independiente
- 24.02.19 Independiente Racing Club
Betting Tipps Independiente - Racing Club
- In den letzten 6 Spiele gab es stets einen Sieger.
- In den letzten 6 Spiele ist mindestens ein Tor gefallen.
After the Superclásico, the Avellaneda derby between Independiente and the Racing Club is the second most important derby in Argentina and at the same time a meeting of two teams with great tradition and a long history of rivalry. The tough competition between the two teams further confirms that the two stadiums are only 300 meters apart. Independiente is the somewhat more successful team than Racing in terms of both titles and direct duels. As with the big Buenos Aires derby, there are always riots in the Avellaneda derby and there were often clashes between players, which resulted in long game interruptions and numerous cards or even expulsions. With an average of 2.78 goals per game, this derby sees significantly more goals than the Superclásico.
Newell’s Old Boys – Rosario Central: Betting on the Rosario derby
|11.||Newell's Old Boys||62%||26:22||40|
- 21.07.22 Rosario Central Newell's Old Boys
- 20.03.22 Rosario Central Newell's Old Boys
- 22.08.21 Newell's Old Boys Rosario Central
- 03.05.21 Rosario Central Newell's Old Boys
- 15.09.19 Rosario Central Newell's Old Boys
- 10.02.19 Newell's Old Boys Rosario Central
- 10.12.17 Rosario Central Newell's Old Boys
Betting Tipps Newell's Old Boys - Rosario Central
- Die letzten beiden Spiele sind nicht Unentschieden ausgegangen
- In den letzten 5 Spiele ist mindestens ein Tor gefallen.
- Die letzten 3 von 6 Spiele endeten Unentschieden.
Lionel Messi played in the Newell’s Old Boys youth until 2000 before moving to Barcelona. So the multiple world footballer never took part in a Rosario derby. And that is a shame for him, because the duel between his youth club and Rosario Central is one of the hottest derbies in Argentina and the most important Argentine football derby outside of Buenos Aires. So far, Rosario Central has won the derby more often than Newell’s Old Boys, but the draw statistics of the duel are particularly striking: on average, almost 37% of the Rosario derbies end in a draw, which is an extremely high value. A tie is the most common result when these two teams meet.
Estudiantes – Gimnasia: Betting on the Clásico Platense
|9.||Gimnasia La Plata||37%||26:18||41|
- 19.03.23 Gimnasia La Plata Estudiantes
- 05.06.22 Estudiantes Gimnasia La Plata
- 20.03.22 Gimnasia La Plata Estudiantes
- 05.12.21 Gimnasia La Plata Estudiantes
- 18.04.21 Estudiantes Gimnasia La Plata
- 02.11.19 Gimnasia La Plata Estudiantes
- 10.03.19 Estudiantes Gimnasia La Plata
- 10.02.18 Gimnasia La Plata Estudiantes
Betting Tipps Estudiantes - Gimnasia La Plata
- Im letzten Spiel sind mehr als 2 Tore gefallen.
- In den letzten 4 Spiele haben beide Teams getroffen.
- Das letzte Spiel ist nicht Unentschieden ausgegangen.
The derby in the capital of the province of Buenos Aires, La Plata, is known as Clásico Platense or Clásico de la Plata. Here the Estudiantes de la Plata meet Gimnasia La Plata and the derby means more than just football to the people of La Plata. In 2006 fans of Gimnasia threatened their own team with death if they did not lose (!) the upcoming game against the Boca Juniors. The reason for this was that a victory for the Boca Juniors could have prevented a championship title from the great city rival Estudiantes. The La Plata Derby is one of the top scoring top derbies in Argentina with almost 2.90 goals per game and the draw rate is 39% and therefor even higher than in the Rosario derby.
Chile, Colombia and Co. – The challengers of the two “big ones”
Of course, Brazil and Argentina are the most important and best football countries on the South American continent, but with the dominance of the two leagues, it’s easy to forget that South America has another two-time world champion with Uruguay and other top football countries like Colombia, Chile and Peru. Club football in these nations should also not be underestimated, which is why we take a closer look at the most interesting clubs and duels in other South American countries.
Colo Colo – Betting on the top team of Chile
In Chile Colo Colo is called the “eternal champion”. The Whites are clearly the most successful club in the country, 32-time champions and also winners of the Copa Libertadores in 1991. The team with the Indian in their club logo is practically always at the top in the Chilean league, is traditionally strong at home and alone is as successful as the two capital city clubs Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica together. The club from the suburbs of the Chilean capital Santiago produced great soccer players, such as club legend Esteban Paredes, but also Arturo Vidal, Lucas Barrios or Claudio Bravo.
Universidad de Chile – Betting on Chile’s top capital club
The best club in the Chilean capital Santiago is Universidad de Chile, abbreviated simply as “La U”. The Blues are the only Chilean club to win the Copa Sudamericana, the South American equivalent of the UEFA Europa League. Players like Manuel Pellegrini, Marcelo Diaz or Marcelo Salas have spent most of their careers here. The club bears its name because students founded it. Nowadays Universidad de Chile has the reputation of having extremely stable and hard-fighting teams defensively and it is extremely difficult to score against the 18-time Chilean champions.
Colo Colo – Universidad de Chile: The Chilean Super Clásico
Based on the famous Superclásico in Buenos Aires, Chile also wrote its very own Super Clásico, albeit with a gap in the name. Another name for the clash between record champion Colo Colo and capital city leader Universidad is “the classic of Chilean football”. It is the duel of the only two Chilean teams that have already won titles on a continental level. Colo Colo has fans from all social layers, but from the 1960s onwards Universidad caught up in popularity, gradually reaching the middle class and also had some difficult times – including relegation – which is why the club’s fan base grew together even closer. Colo Colo has a very clear lead in the overall balance and with around 2.85 goals per game, the country’s classic is a duel with many goals by Chilean standards.
Atlético Nacional – Betting on El Verde from Medellín
In Colombia there is the rather unusual situation that three clubs alternate as the most successful in the country. Atlético Nacional from the city of Medellín is currently the record champion with 16 championship titles and in general the Greens are considered the flagship of the country. Atlético Nacional is also known as “the greens from the mountains” because Medellín is located 1,500 meters above sea level. In South American comparison, this is not yet the highest possible home town, but especially against opponents from the lowlands (especially in continental comparisons) a not to be underestimated, yet only small, advantage. Atlético Nacional acted as a steppingstone for players such as David Ospina, Victor Ibarbo, Juan Zúñiga, Rene Higuita, Faustino Asprilla and Iván Córdoba. It is also striking that Nacional has secured numerous top talents from surrounding nations, such as Ecuador and Venezuela, in order to develop them. The team follows a defensively solid style of play and presents itself very tough in the game against the ball. In the offense, they rely on dynamics and physical power. Atlético Nacional is arguably one of the best South American teams that does not come from Brazil or Argentina.
Millonarios – Betting on El Azul
The Bogotá Blues are the second most successful club in Colombia. The Millonarios play their home games at about 2,600 meters above sea level and, thanks to the thinner air, have an enormous home advantage over other South American opponents. The club has already had its best days and was a real force, especially from the late 1940s until the 1960s, because there was a players strike in Argentina and numerous top players emigrated to Bogotá. So it came about that Alfredo di Stefano, among others, played for the Millonarios. Since the 1970s, however, the team has only won six of its 15 titles. It was not until the 2000s that the club was overtaken by Atlético Nacional’s in the all-time best list. The club is also the South America cooperation partner of Benfica Lisbon.
América de Cali – Betting on the Red Devils from Cali
Los Diablos Rojos from the city of Cali, located at 1,000 meters, are the third most successful club in Colombia with 14 championship titles. In the 2010s, America were relegated to the second division, where they stayed for five years. In the meantime, however, the club was able to make a good restart and later won a Clausura title in 2019. América is a team that traditionally attacks dynamically and plays with two center forwards. This aggressiveness made it easier for players like Adrián Ramos to develop well before moving to Europe. The team made it four times to the final of the Copa Libertadores, but each time they lost. The club is not only known for its fanatical fans, but also for its numerous rivalries with other clubs.
América de Cali – Atlético Nacional: Colombia’s Superclásico
Even though the Millonarios were similarly successful, and for a long time were even record champions, Colombia’s Superclásico is clearly the duel between America and Nacional, which is also the big city duel between Cali and Medellín. This game is so explosive because the two teams often met in big final games or in the Copa Libertadores. So it was not infrequently about silverware when the Colombian Clásico was kicked off. It is also very difficult to predict who will win the next game. Statistically, there are home and away wins, as well as draws, each to a third. Hardly any other derby in the world is more balanced than this duel between two rivals. Accordingly, this game is particularly suitable for live betting.
América de Cali – Deportivo Cali: Betting on the Vallecaucano
Another extremely heated game involving America is the Cali Derby. Since Deportivo Cali has already won nine championship titles and also most of Colombia’s runner-up titles, this is by no means a game in which the favorite has been determined in advance. On the contrary: In the eternal derby balance of the Clásico Vallecaucano, Deportivo lies tightly above America. For many years, the duel had to struggle with security problems in the stands, but in recent years it has been a bit “tamer” than it was in the 1980s. With an average of 2.50 goals per game, the classic of the two Cali clubs is an average game regarding amount of goals and is therefore particularly suitable for live betting.
Club Olimpia – Betting on “La O” from Asuncion
In the Paraguayan capital Asuncion there are three defining football clubs, Club Olimpia, Cerro Porteño and Libertad, as well as Nacional and Club Guaraní in a suburb, which are other strong clubs from the capital or capital region. Clearly outstanding are Club Olimpia, which won 44 championship titles and also the Copa Libertadores three times. “La O”, as the club is also abbreviated because of its first letter, is a real South American top club. In recent decades, Olimpia has brought out players such as Roque Santa Cruz and it is also striking that the club not only develop Paraguayan players, but also repeatedly had top performers from Uruguay, Argentina and sometimes Brazil or Central America in its squad. Olimpia is considered an absolute home force and it is not uncommon for the club to remain undefeated in a full season (or at least a half-round) at home.
Cerro Porteño – Betting on the Cíclon
With 32 Paraguayan championship titles, Cerro Porteño is the first challenger of Club Olimpia. Just like the Argentinian club San Lorenzo de Almagro, Cerro Porteño is also called El Ciclón by the fans, meaning “the cyclone”. When a bunch of young people founded the club, Paraguay had a fierce rivalry between two political parties, one red and the other blue. To prove the unity between Paraguayans, Cerro Porteño took both party’s colors as club colors – and the vice-record champion from the capital Asuncion is dressed in blue and red to this day. Unlike Club Olimpia, Cerro Porteño has not yet been able to celebrate any successes in the Copa Libertadores, but has made it to the semi-finals six times. The club is known for its excellent youth system and is the clear number two on pro-level ahead of the rest of the competition, but in terms of quality it is usually quite clear behind Club Olimpia.
Club Olimpia – Cerro Porteño: Betting on the Paraguayan classic
The duel between Club Olimpia and Cerro Porteño, the two most successful clubs in the country, is known as the Superclásico del Fútbol Paraguayo, the Paraguayan Superclásico. In addition to the Clásico más añejo between Olimpia and Guaraní and the Back and White derby between Olimpia and Libertad, the Superclásico is one of the three most important games in the country. Given the supremacy that both clubs have built up over the decades, this derby is usually about more than the other top games. This is also the game between the People’s Club, the “Club del pueblo”, in the form of Cerro Porteño, and the “more sophisticated” Club Olimpia. The Paraguayan classic is practically completely balanced, the two teams are only separated by a handful of derby successes and about 29% of the games end in a draw. With about 2.70 goals per game, this top duel is in the slightly higher average in terms of the amount of goals.
Club Universitario – betting on “La U” from Lima
As in other countries, the university club from the Peruvian capital Lima is mainly called “La U”. The club plays in the 80,000-seat Estadio Monumental “U” and is the Peruvian record champion with 26 championship titles. In the newer era of football, the team was not particularly successful and the club rather lives from successes from the past. In the 1960s alone, Universitario was a five-time champion, in 1972 the club made it to the final of the Copa Libertadores. A statistical peculiarity of the Peruvian record holder are the few goals conceded in front of their home crowd. Away in the Ate district in eastern Lima, it is extremely difficult for opponents to score.
Alianza Lima – betting on the most popular club in Peru
The most popular and largest club in Peru is also something like the secret record champion: The Club Alianza Lima has won 23 championship titles so far and is just behind Universitario in the all-time list of the best. The Blanquiazules are secret record champions: Between 1978 and 1997 there was not a single title, which is also due to the fact that the entire Alianza Lima team was killed in a plane crash in 1987 and the club took a long time to digest this accident. In Copa Libertadores they made it to two semi-finals in the 1970s – before the crash. Alianza is also the number one steppingstone in the Andean state: players like Teófilo Cubillas, Jefferson Farfán, Paolo Guerrero and Claudio Pizarro took their first steps here before moving to Europe. In contrast to the rather minimalist archrival Universitario, there is always a lot going on at Alianza, there are more goals on average and just like the rival from Ate, Alianza is traditionally a very strong team at home.
Alianza Lima – Universitario: Betting on the Clásico Peruano
The very first Clásico Peruano from 1928 was described as a “brutal game”. Alianza saw five red cards and the game had to be abandoned after fan riots. From then on, the city derby was characterized by a deep reluctance between the fan groups and the players. Although there is another large club in Peru with Sporting Cristal with which derbies are played, the explosive force is nowhere greater than in the duel between the two major capital clubs. Alianza Lima is relatively close up in the overall statistics, with few games – approx. 28% – ending in a tie. 2.55 goals per game means an average goal rate at Clásico Peruano.
Peñarol – Betting on the “master of the century” from Uruguay
Uruguay is the only country in the world in which all the championships ever played have been won by capital clubs. The most successful and largest of these clubs are Peñarol, which has so far won 50 championship titles and was named the South American “champion of the century” at the turn of the millennium. The club from the Uruguayan capital is the club with the most titles and has also been extremely successful in international competitions. The club won the Copa Libertadores five times. Some Uruguayan world champions, such as the legendary Alcides Ghiggia, started their careers here and later moved to major European clubs. Despite a few exceptions, Peñarol still plays practically for every Uruguayan championship title. The team is exceptionally strong at home, sometimes losing no home game over entire seasons, barely conceding goals and is playing particularly aggressive in front of their home crowd. With the traditionally dynamic, very running-intensive style of play, they are also seen as an explosively attacking counter team in away games.
Nacional Montevideo – Betting on Uruguay’s Tricolores
Uruguay’s second major club is no less successful than Peñarol: Nacional won 47 national championships and was even more successful than Peñarol after the turn of the millennium. The Blue, White and Red won the Copa Libertadores three times. Uruguay’s world champions team from 1930 consisted largely of players from Nacional: Among others, Uruguay’s “Black Wonder” José Leandro Andrade played for the club for six years. In 2013, Nacional fans caused a sensation when they presented the world’s largest roll-over flag in a Copa Libertadores game. It weighed 5,000 kilograms and needed 400 fans to move it. So here too it is obvious that Nacional Montevideo is a very strong team at home, although the home dominance is not as strong as Peñarol’s. Nacional is also the more pragmatic of the two top teams, which tends to appear with a more conservative game concept. In their home games in particular, there are slightly fewer goals than at Peñarol, which celebrates more goal festivals compared to their biggest city rivals.
Peñarol – Nacional: Betting on the Uruguayan classic
Together, Peñarol and Nacional won 97 national championships: an international record for two archrivals. The next best club won just four titles in Uruguay’s Primera División. It is therefore obvious that the meeting of these two teams is called Clásico del fútbol uruguayo. With the first direct duel in 1900, this game is considered one of the oldest football rivalries outside the UK. The classic has already been played over 530 times and Peñarol leads the overall balance. At just under 32%, a fairly large percentage of derbies end in a draw. An average of 2.45 goals per game makes this duel of the big rivals a “low scoring game” today, especially because the high-scoring games between these two clubs took place in the more recent history. The Superclásico between River Plate and the Boca Juniors in nearby Buenos Aires can only compare the importance of the Uruguayan Clásico in South America. In view of the practically permanently heated situation between the two clubs, live bets are recommended here, including many yellow cards and possibly expulsions.
Club Bolivar – The Strongest: Clásico Paceño
We also present the most important duels and derbies from two smaller soccer nations. We start in Bolivia, where the rivalry between Club Bolivar and The Strongest, the two largest clubs in the capital, La Paz, is one of the oldest rivalries in all of South America. This encounter is known as Clásico Paceño. Here Bolivar is the clearly more successful team that won almost twice as many championships as the opponent and are considered the international flagship of Bolivia. After almost 400 derbies played, the goal scoring per game is almost exactly 3.00. The hot duel between the two clubs from the capital La Paz, located at 3,625 meters above sea level, is therefore on average one of the highest-scoring derbies on the continent. For example, the first Clásico of 2020 went to Club Bolivar in a spectacular 5-4.
Aucas – LDU de Quito: Capital classic of Ecuador
The derby in the Ecuadorian capital Quito between SD Aucas and LDU de Quito is known as the Superclásico de Quito. The first direct duel took place in 1945 and it therefor is a young derby. Alongside the Clásico de Astillero in the somewhat more successful soccer city of Guayaquil, the Quito derby is one of two most important games in the country. In terms of strength, this is a very clear derby because LDU de Quito is the generally much more successful team and also wins more than twice as many derbies as Aucas. With just under 2.85 goals per game, this is also a derby in which a relatively large number of goals are scored.
Barcelona – Emelec: Betting on the Clásico de Astillero
The derby of the Ecuadorian soccer city of Guayaquil is also a young one and was held for the first time in 1943. Compared to the Quito derby, the Clásico de Astillero has the greater value in terms of sports. Barcelona Guayaquil and Club Sport Emelec are the two teams with the most national titles, especially since the turn of the millennium Emelec clearly has the upper hand. In the overall balance, however, Barcelona is (still) slightly in the lead and about every third derby ends in a tie. Historically, it is one of the tightest and most balanced derbies in the world. Even the goal difference between the two teams occasionally changes the overall leader. In contrast to many other Ecuadorian classics, the Guayaquil derby with an average of 2.30 goals per game is one in which caution, fight and toughness dominate. FIFA lists the port city’s traditional derby as one of the classic rivalries on the continent. Even though the two clubs from the sea largely dominate Ecuadorian league history, the team from the lowlands is often at a disadvantage in away games against teams from Quito, located at 2,850 meters, due to the thin air.