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Copa Libertadores Qualifying

Flamengo football player disputing ball during a Copa Libertadores qualifying match

The Copa Libertadores is the leading competition in South America. It is the CONMEBOL equivalent of the Champions League in that part of the world and is one of the most prestigious football tournaments around today.

How Does Copa Libertadores Works

32 teams from 10 nations compete in the main stages of the competition. 28 of those sides go straight into the group stage of the tournament, but there are four spots up for grabs for clubs who come through the qualifying event. The main draw begins in March and runs throughout the year, with the final taking place in November.

CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores Qualifying Betting Tips

Teams who win their leagues and finish high up in the respective tables are rewarded by being able to bypass the qualifying event. Those who finish slightly lower in their league, or have decent domestic cup runs, make it into the qualifying section, giving them the chance to still make it into the tournament.

Qualifying is played out in three stages. Six teams start out at the first round stage, with the three winners then joining 13 other teams in the second stage. This is where some of the bigger sides on the continent come into play such as the Bolivian side The Strongest, as well as the Brazilian pair of Corinthians and Internacional.

The eight second-stage winners then progress to the third stage, where the four teams who come out on top join the 28 automatic qualifiers in the main event. Each tie in the qualifying round is a two-legged affair.

Copa Libertadores Betting

Ahead of the main draw kicking off, odds are produced on who will win the Copa Cup outright. Brazilian team Flamengo are the reigning champions after seeing off Argentine outfit River Plate in a dramatic final in 2019.

The most successful team in the history of the competition are Independiente from Argentina, but they haven’t won the title since 1984 and have not qualified for the 2020 staging of the tournament. Flamengo, River Plate, Boca Juniors and Nacional will be among the favourites to win the event.

Copa Libertadores Qualifying Outright Bets

In terms of outright markets, qualifying offers no such option, but with each match in the competition being like an event in its own right, there is still a lot of betting to be done over the course of the three rounds.

Before each tie begins, you can bet on which team you think will qualify for the next stage, and in each leg, there will be the usual match betting odds on offer. You can also bet on the regular football betting markets such as the first goalscorer, correct score, both teams to score and half time/full time.

For the really big matches, there will be various other markets available to invest in, and when the games start, many of those will go in-play, so you can bet while the action is unfolding in front of your eyes.

Copa Libertadores Qualifying Betting Tips

Check out our special Copa Libertadores section within the football tab on our website, for all the latest qualifying betting tips and news for the games to come.

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