The two South American giants lock horns in Vila Belmiro in search of a place in the finals against Palmerias, who booked their place in the final after defeating River Plate (3-2) on aggregate.
Thursday’s match promises to be a memorable evening as Santos and Boca Juniors, two team with enviable track records in South America’s biggest club tournament, go head to head.
The first leg between the two sides ended in a goalless draw, leaving a huge window of opportunity for any of both clubs to progress to the final.
Boca Juniors followed up last week’s fixture with another draw domestically, settling for a 2-2 stalemate away to Argentinos Juniors in the Copa Diego Maradona whiles Brazilian side Santos, for their part, picked up a massive 1-0 win away to arch-rivals Sao Paulo in the Brazilian Serie A.
This mouth watering encounter will be the sixth time the two iconic sides are meeting on the continental stage.
The last meeting of both sides was back in the final of the 2003 Copa Libertadores, where the Argentines picked up a 5-1 aggregate victory to win their fifth Libertadores title. They followed up a 2-0 first-leg win in Argentina with a 3-1 victory in Brazil.
Their earlier clash had come in the 1963 final, where Brazilian legend Pele inspired Santos to register a 5-3 aggregate victory.
The two coaches will prioritize defensive solidity, rather than going all out for victory.
Santos Team News
Santos will be without several absentees for the visit of Boca Juniors due to injury.
Fernando Pilleggi, Wagner Leonardo, and John have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to self-isolate. Carlos Andres Sanchez (ligament), Raniel (leg), and Rafael Longuine (ACL) are also unavailable for selection due to their injuries.
There are no suspension concerns for Santos.
Boca Juniors Team News
The Buenos Aires side will have a full squad to choose from, although midfielder Diego Gonzalez is still ruled out with a long-term injury.
Santos vs Boca Juniors Predicted XI
Santos Predicted XI (4-3-3):
John Furtado (GK); Felipe Jonathan, Luan Peres, Laercio Solda, Lucas Braga; Diego Pituca, Alison, Sandry Roberto; Yeferson Soteldo, Kai Jorge, Marinho
Boca Juniors Predicted XI (4-4-2):
Esteban Andrassa (GK); Emmanuel Mas, Carlos Zambrano, Gaston Ávila, Julio Buffarini; Sebastian Villa, Nicolas Capaldo, Alan Gonzalo Varela, Edwin Cardona; Ramon Abila, Mauro Zarate