The final of the 2020 Copa Libertadores will be held next Saturday, the 30th of January in the legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Two Brazilian teams will play against each other, Palmeiras and Santos. Let’s see which one is the favorite in the 2020 Copa Libertadores final odds.
After the long break in last season’s Copa Libertadores, the final of the tournament will be only held this year, at the end of January. In the top club football tournament in South America two Brazilian teams will fight for the trophy. And for a place in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar next month. Both Palmeiras and Santos managed to knock out their Argentine rivals in the semi-finals and reached their fifth finals. But as Santos have already won three of them, Palmeiras got only one victory. Now, both teams will fight for another trophy with bookmakers slightly favoring the team from the capital opposite Pele’s former club.
2020 Copa Libertadores final odds favor Palmeiras to win
It was 22 years ago that Palmeiras won their first and so far only Copa Libertadores cup against Columbian side Deportivo Cali. That time the final was two-legged. But after both games ended with a draw, the match went into penalty shoot-out, which Palmeiras won. In the following year they lost in the same way though against Boca Juniors. Now Palmeiras can try again and win the cup for the second time in the club’s history. Online sportsbooks in Brazil offer the odds of 1.65 for their victory in their 2020 Copa Libertadores final odds.
Abel Ferreira’s team has been convincing in the previous games. They won their group confidently, then knocked out Ecuadorian side Delfin 8-1 on aggregate. Then Palmeiras won 4-1 against Paraguayan team Libertad in the quarter-finals and finally 3-2 against River Plate in the semi-finals. Thanks to Weverton’s great goalkeeping and the goals of Luiz Adriano and Rony, the team has already decided the tie in the first game with a 3-0 win in Argentina. But River came close to overturn the result in the second leg which might be a warning sign for Palmeiras. Now they will face one of their local rivals, Santos with whom they drew in their last meeting in the Brazil Serie A.
The chances of Santos
The other Brazilian side of the final, Santos have better statistics in the cup after winning three out of their four finals. They got their last victory in 2011 with Neymar in their squad. Then they defeated Uruguayan side Penarol 2-1 on aggregate. Since then the club hasn’t achieved such successes but finished as a runner-up in the national league in 2019. This season though they are only in 8th place. Santos have to fight for a qualifying place in next season’s Copa Libertadores unless they win the final next week. They have the odds of 2.24 by online gambling sites in Brazil to do so.
In the 2020 tournament the team has shown great form after winning their group and the knock-out games against LDU Quito, Gremio and Boca Juniors. Probably they had the best performance in their home game against Boca, which they won 3-0. Even though the club has been struggling with financial issues and is banned to sign any new players, the current squad does everything they can. Players like Luan Peres and Lucas Verissimo are crucial in the defense. While Columbian midfielder Yeferson Soteldo and forward Marinho can score easily. If they can repeat their last performance they might surprise Palmeiras as well. In the stadium where legendary Pele led the team to victory in 1963.