It has been a long old tournament, but finally the Copa Libertadores has reached its final stage, with Gremio and Lanus set to do battle to see who wins South American football’s greatest prize.
The first leg, played in Brazil on November 22, will be followed by the second a week later in Argentina.
1. Copa Libertadores Winner Odds
Traditionally in these two-legged ties we favour the team with home advantage in the second leg, as they know exactly what result they need to get in front of their own supporters. Ordinarily that would make Lanus favourites here, but it is worth remembering that for all the Argentinean dominance of the Copa Libertadores this is a club that has never gotten their hands on the famous trophy.
Gremio, on the other hand, have twice won this tournament and appeared in two other finals – the last just a decade ago. So they have more experience on this grand stage.
So will it be a bit of samba magic that wins the day for Gremio, or will the stoic Lanus secure their first ever Copa Libertadores victory?
To Win Copa Libertadores 2017
The bookmakers are offering odds on who will reign victorious in Copa Libertadores, but the first leg alone also, and on that front they have Gremio installed as the slight favourite at 1.62.
But Lanus are quite far behind at 7.00, and that suggests the bookies have a feeling on to how this tie will pan out between two seemingly well-matched teams. Draw is available at 3.10.
2. Grêmio vs Lanús Betting Tips
There is an interesting dichotomy at play here with the Brazilian A League reaching its final throes and the Argentinean Primera Division only really just getting going.
Gremio are currently locked in a battle for their domestic title, although eight points behind leaders Corinthians with just five games to go they know they cannot afford any more slip ups this term. Will that impact upon the intensity with which they treat this Copa Libertadores final?
Lanus, on the other hand, should be much fresher with their domestic campaign just eight weeks old. The worry for them is that their W4 D0 L4 record so far does little to capture the imagination.
They will improve, you would have thought, but it is hard to shake the feeling that Lanus are anything more than a mid-table team in Argentina, whereas Gremio are very much the real deal in Brazil.
Lanus tend to rely on the output of one man from an attacking sense, too. Jose Sand, the evergreen 37-year-old, notched two goals in his side’s semi-final win over River Plate to take his tally to eight for the tournament – the joint-highest amount. Can the old dog teach Gremio a trick or two in the final?
The Brazilians are set to be given a huge boost with the news that Lucas Barrios, their supreme striker, is set to recover from injury and take his place in the Gremio team for the final.
There he will be joined in attack by the exciting Luan and Pedro Rocha, and that is a trio capable of winning any football match.
With Lanus wobbling in domestic action, we simply have to back Gremio to life the Copa Libertadores for a third time at 1.97.