The Gremio vs Huachipato Copa Libertadores 2013 match will be this Thursday, February 14, 2013 (4:30 PM EDT) at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre. Gremio (BRA) and Huachipato (CHI) will play their first game during the group stages of the Copa Libertadores 2013. They are part of Group 8 which also includes Fluminense (BRA) and Caracas (VEN); the top two teams will advance to the final-16.
Gremio wants to begin the group stages on the right note when they receive the difficult Huachipato from Chile. Gremio qualified to the tournament by defeating LDU Quito in the preliminary stages, therefore they are more than ready to keep their streak alive. Gremio will have all their starters, except Dida who is out with an injury; this game could also see the debut of Argentine forward, Hernan Barcos, who was recently signed from Palmeiras.
Huachipato could be one of the teams that make a big surprise during this edition of Copa Libertadores. This is a team that recently won the Clausura 2012 in the Chilean league, therefore they have the ability to make a good run. Sadly, they have not had a good beginning to their new season as they have not won after 3 games, but the Libertadores is a whole new tournament in which a team can play in different forms. Huachipato will participate in their first Libertadores since 1975 when they were eliminated in the first round.
Gremio vs Huachipato Prediction
Gremio begins what they hope will be a successful journey in this tournament. They have a good enough squad to defeat Huachipato. The Chilean team will play a defensive system to attempt to gain at least one point. The Gremio vs Huachipato match will end 2-0 in favor of the home team.
Gremio vs Huachipato Television
The Gremio vs Huachipato game will be televised DELAYED this Friday, February 14, 2013 on Fox Deportes at 2:00 AM Eastern. Original game is on Thursday at 4:30 PM.