Copa Libertadores 2019: Where to Watch Round of 16, Live Stream, Latest Odds, TV Schedule

With the Copa America in the history books, club soccer takes center stage again in South America as the first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores get underway this week.

Defending champions River Plate kick off proceedings when they host two-time winners Cruzeiro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday evening.

The Brazilians won five of their six group games, conceding just twice in the process and are among the favorites to end a 22-year wait for South American soccer's most prestigious trophy.

Like its rivals, Palmeiras also topped its group with 15 points and like its rivals it will also travel to Argentina for the first leg. The 1999 winners face Godoy Cruz, who finished second in Group C only by goal difference but is the second lowest ranked team of those in the knockout stages.

Tuesday's final match sees LDU Quito host Olimpia Asuncion, one of the three Paraguayan teams in the round of 16 along with Cerro Porteno and Libertad Asuncion.

The former travels to Argentina to face San Lorenzo on Wednesday, while Nacional hosts Internacional in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Flamengo's quest for a first Libertadores title since 1981 takes it to Ecuador to face Emelec, before Boca Juniors travel to Brazil to face Athletico Paranaense on Wednesday night.

The Xeneizes have not won the Libertadores since 2007 and are still smarting from last season's defeat against arch-rivals River Plate in the final, but finished ahead of their round of 16 opponents in Group G.

On Thursday, three-time winners Gremio complete the first leg picture when it hosts Libertad Asuncion.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the knockout stages.

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Fans of Boca Juniors cheer for their team before a group G match between Boca Junrios and Atletico Paranaense as part of Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on May 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marcelo Endelli/Getty

Which teams are in the round of 16?

Defending champions River Plate have qualified for the round of 16 along with arch-rivals Boca Juniors, whom they beat in the final last year. San Lorenzo and Godoy Cruz are Argentina's other two representatives in the round of 16, while Nacional is the only team left flying the Uruguayan flag.

Emelec and 2008 winners LDU Quito are the only teams from Ecuador in the knockout stages, while Paraguay has three representatives—Cerro Porteno, Libertad Asuncio and Olimpia Asuncion.

Brazilian clubs make up almost half of the round of 16 bracket, with six teams through to the knockout stages. Three-time champions Gremio are joined by two-time winners Cruzeiro and Internacional along with Palmeiras and Flamengo, who are looking for a first Libertadores title since 1999 and 1981 respectively.

Athletico Paranaense complete the picture and is the only Brazilian team in the round of 16 to have never lifted the trophy.

When does the round of 16 start?

The knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores get underway on Tuesday, July 23, with the last first leg tie of the round of 16 scheduled for Thursday, July 25.

The return legs will begin on Tuesday, July 30 and end on Thursday, August 1 with the quarterfinals set to begin three weeks later.

TV channel

Every game in the knockout stage will be available in the U.S. across the beIN Sports network. Both beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol will show five ties each, with English and Spanish commentary, respectively.

Live stream

All the knockout stage games will be available to be streamed via beIN Sports digital platforms. Live streams will also be available on fuboTV, Sling Latino, Sling World Sports, Fanatiz and PlayStation Vue.

Odds

River Plate lifted the trophy last year but bookmakers expect the Copa Libertadores to return to Brazil for the second time in three years.

According to Oddschecker, Palmeiras is a 9/2 favorite to land a first Libertadores title since 1999, while Cruzeiro is 6/1 to end a 22-year wait and Internacional and Flamengo are 7/1 and 8/1, respectively.

Boca Juniors, runners-up last season, are 9/1 to atone for the disappointment of a year ago along with Gremio, while River Plate is 12/1 to defend the title. San Lorenzo and Athletico Paranaense are a 12/1 and 14/1 shot, respectively.

The trio of Paraguayan teams, meanwhile, are considered outsiders. Olimpia Asuncion is 14/1, followed by Cerro Porteno and Libertad Asuncion at 16/1.

Schedules (all times ET)

Tuesday, July 23

  • River Plate vs Cruzeiro—6:15 p.m., beIN Sports, beinSPORTS en Espanol
  • Godoy Cruz vs Palmeiras—8:30, p.m. beIN Sports
  • LDU Quito vs Olimpia—8:30 p.m., beinSPORTS en Espanol

Wednesday, July 24

  • San Lorenzo vs Cerro Porteno—6:15 p.m., beinSPORTS en Espanol
  • Nacional vs Internacional—6:15 p.m., beIN Sports
  • Emelec vs Flamengo—8:30 p.m., beIN Sports
  • Athletico Paranaense vs Boca Juniors—8:30 p.m., beinSPORTS en Espanol

Thursday, July 25

  • Gremio vs Libertad—8:30 p.m., beIN Sports, beinSPORTS en Espanol
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