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Copa Libertadores - Match Prediction: Flamengo VS Union La Calera
Match Time：4/28/2021 06:15 Wednesday (GMT+8)
Copa Libertadores -- Flamengo VS Union La Calera
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Flamengo welcome Chilean outfit Union La Calera to Brazil on Tuesday, as the sides battle for the top spots in group G of the Copa Libertadores.
The Brazilian outfit kicked off their campaign with a 3-2 win over Velez Sarsfield last time out, while the visitors drew their opening game 2-2 with LDU Quito.
Flamengo recorded an important victory in the first game of their Copa Libertadores campaign, when they travelled to Argentina to take on Velez Sarsfield.
The hosts took the lead on two separate occasions through Lucas Janson, but goals from William Arao and Gabriel Barbosa drew Flamengo level before Giorgian de Arrascaeta netted the winning goal with 10 minutes to go.
They followed that up with a league win last time out, as Michael and Vitinho fired Rogerio Ceni's side to a 2-1 home victory over Volta Redonda.
That cemented their spot at the top of the Carioca Serie A table, meaning they now go into the semi-final stage to again take on Volta Retonda, who finished fourth.
However, their attention will remain on the Copa Libertadores, as they look to boost their chances of lifting the trophy for the third time in their history.
The most recent glory came in 2019, as a late Barbosa brace fired Flamengo to a 2-1 victory over River Plate in the final.
They take on a Union La Calera side who will be looking to put their first win of the campaign on the board after a draw last time out.
Andres Vilches gave the Chilean side the lead on two separate occasions, but a Billy Arce brace for LDU Quito saw the game finish level.
They suffered a narrow defeat last time out when they returned to league action, as a Marcelo Larrondo goal in the 76th minute fired O'Higgins to a 1-0 victory.
Luca Marcogiuseppe's side will now look to bounce back from that defeat with a win which would see them leapfrog Flamengo in the group and move into the top two, as they aim to book their spot in the final 16.
Flamengo Copa Libertadores form: W
Flamengo form (all competitions): WWLDWW
Union La Calera Copa Libertadores form: D
Union La Calera form (all competitions): DWWDDL
Gabriel Barbosa was the hero in Flamengo's 2019 Copa Libertadores victory, and he will be a key man again this year, leading the line for Rogerio Ceni's side.
He will have plenty of support in attack, as he is expected to partner Bruno Henrique, with the support of Everton Ribeiro and Giorgian de Arrascaeta from midfield.
Meanwhile, Vitinho will be pushing for a starting spot after his winning goal in the last league game.
The core of that 2019 side will again feature on Tuesday, with De Arrascaeta, Ribeiro, Gerson, William Arao and Felipe Luis all still playing key roles.
Luca Marcogiuseppe rested the majority of his key players for the recent league game against O'Higgins, with Tuesday's important game in mind.
That means the likes of Andres Vilches, Jeisson Vargas, Gonzalo Castellani and Simon Ramirez should all return to the starting XI with fresh legs.
Vilches will lead the line, having netted a brace in the opening draw with LDU Quito.
Flamengo possible starting lineup:
Alves; Isla, Arao, Henrique, Luis; Diego, Gerson; Ribeiro, De Arrascaeta; Henrique, Barbosa
Union La Calera possible starting lineup:
Arias; Ramirez, C. Vilches, Garcia, Oyanedel; Reyes, Castellani, Wiemberg; Vargas; A. Vilches, Rivero
Flamengo vs Union La Calera
Flamengo 2-0 Union La Calera
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