The starting team hasn't been confirmed yet, but the lucky eleven are expected to be the following:
Paulo Ferrari-Gustavo Cabral-Nicolas Sanchez-Cristian Villagra;
Leonardo Ponzio-Matias Abelairas;
Alexis Sanchez-Radamel Falcao Garcia-Rodrigo Archubi;
The best news, for now, is that Ariel Ortega has once again concentrated with the team for an official match, and even has good chances of being on the bench against the Peruvians. Mauro Rosales will also be returning.
As for the match, River must go out with the idea of not losing. The current standings in Group 5 are the following:
1. America (MEX) - 9 points; +2 goal difference
2. River Plate (ARG) - 9 points; +1 goal difference
3. Universidad San Martin (PER) - 6 points; -1 goal difference
4. Universidad Catolica (CHI) - 6 points; -1 goal difference
A win or a draw will automatically get the team through to the next round, while a loss will make our qualification depend on the final result of the Universidad Catolica-America match. Losing by more than one goal will put River's chances of advancing at great risk, while a 1 goal difference loss will still leave us with chances, though it would be very risky to go out to the field with that mentality. Many expect "los Millonarios" to assure at least one point in front of their home crowd, though recent memories remind us to not get too comfortable.
Due to being played at the same time as the Universidad Catolica-America match, our game will be showed on Tape Delay (the Mexican audience is much larger than any other in the USA) on Fox Sports en Espanol at 9:00 PM Pacific / 12:00 AM Eastern Time.