The Toluca vs Barcelona Copa Libertadores 2013 game will take place this Wednesday, March 13, 2013 (6:30 PM EDT) at the Estadio Monumental in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Toluca (MEX) and Barcelona (ECU) will play their fourth match in this Libertadores tournament. They are part of Group 1 which also includes Boca Juniors (ARG) and Nacional (URU); the top two teams qualify into the next round.
Toluca is second in Group 1 with 4 points, thanks to an away win at Boca, a loss at home against Nacional, and a draw against Barcelona at home. On Wednesday they visit Barcelona of Guayaquil, which is last in the group, but still has a chance to pass into the next round with a victory. Toluca has played in good form lately, but they still have problems on defense, which was the case when they lost against Nacional, and drew Barcelona, bad results for the home games. If the ‘diablos rojos’ play with a strong midfield supported by Sinha, then they will be capable of styling a counter-attacking system that will at least earn a draw.
Barcelona is urged to obtain their first win during the Copa Libertadores 2013. Since they only have 2 points after three games, a loss will place them close to elimination. However, due to the close proximity of all teams in this group, Guayaquil would still be in contention with a draw, though it would really complicate things for them. Barcelona faces a serious task on Wednesday against a top Mexican club; anything other than a win puts their tournament in great jeopardy.
Toluca vs Barcelona Prediction
Toluca has been an up-and-down team throughout this entire season. In the Liga MX they are mid-table with a couple of good displays of late, while in the Libertadores they defeated Boca Juniors in Argentina, but surprisingly lost to Nacional at home. Barcelona has been in weak form, and a loss on Wednesday would mark them as a disappointment, and basically eliminate them from the Libertadores. The Toluca vs Barcelona match will end in a 1-1 draw.
Toluca vs Barcelona Television
The Toluca vs Barcelona match will be televised LIVE this Wednesday, March 13, 2013 on Fox Deportes at 6:30 PM Eastern.