The 12th man
None of the teams set to play at home in the Copa Libertadores this week got their group phase campaigns off to a win, making them doubly determined to pick up all three points this time around with their fans behind them. Brazilian side Gremio of Porto Alegre, the two-time Libertadores champions and 2007 runners-up, begin their bid on Wednesday against Universidad de Chile.
FIFA.com brings you a closer look at the best of the action scheduled for the fifth week of competition in this year's competition.
Game of the week
Gremio (BRA)-Universidad de Chile (CHI) - Group 7
Wednesday 25 February, Estadio Olimpico (Porto Alegre), 21.50h (local time)
Football fans in Porto Alegre certainly had a lot to celebrate in 2006, with local side Internacional following up their Libertadores triumph by taking that year's FIFA Club World Cup title in Japan. Three years on, the city's hopes of a repeat lie with Inter's rivals Gremio, Libertadores champions in 1983 and 1995. Celso Roth's charges get their group campaign underway against a Universidad de Chile side which eliminated Mexican heavyweights Pachuca in the preliminary round. Can this Universidad squad match the class of 1996 and reach the last four?
In Group 4, Colombian outfit Independiente Medellin will be determined to build on last week's away draw at Brazilian powerhouses Sao Paulo when they host Uruguay's Defensor Sporting. Defensor, quarter-finalists in 2007, won their opening group match 1-0 at home to America de Cali.
There will be two games on Matchday 2 of Group 5 this week with Cruzeiro, 3-0 winners over Estudiantes de La Plata in their opener, travelling to Ecuador to face Deportivo Quito, and Estudiantes welcoming Bolivian side Universitario de Sucre, who drew 1-1 with Deportivo on Matchday 1.
Over in Group 6, Mexico's Guadalajara welcome Chilean outfit Everton, who are currently in first place in the standings. Lanus, in good form in the Argentinian league, travel to Venezuela to take on Caracas.
The menu is completed with two further encounters. Group 2 duo Deportivo Cuenca and Guarani, who both lost their opening fixtures, will be looking to get off the mark when they meet on Tuesday, while Mexican side San Luis, the only Group 8 team without a point so far, welcome Paraguay's Libertad.
Player to watch
Jackson Martinez (Independiente Medellin)
The 22-year-old front-runner has already acquired a taste for Uruguayan opposition after firing a hat-trick against Penarol in the preliminary round - a feat he would love to repeat against Defensor Sporting on Tuesday. Jorge Silva's Violetas have been warned.
0 - The number of goals Gremio have conceded in state championship matches so far this year at their Estadio Olimpico stronghold. The Brazilian outfit have won all four of their Campeonato Gaúcho games at the Olimpico in 2009, scoring 12 goals in the process.
What they said
"We realise that we need to win to give ourselves a foothold in the group. In tournaments like this it's important to pick up every available point at home, and that's what we're going to try to do. If we play like we did on Sunday against San Lorenzo then we can do it." Estudiantes coach Leonardo Astrada ahead of the visit of Universitario de Sucre.
This week's fixtures
Tuesday 24 February
Deportivo Cuenca (ECU) - Guarani (PAR)
Indep. Medellin (COL) - Defensor Sporting (URU)
Wednesday 25 February
Deportivo Quito (ECU) - Cruzeiro (BRA)
Caracas (VEN) - Lanus (ARG)
Guadalajara (MEX) - Everton (CHI)
Gremio (BRA) - Universidad de Chile (CHI)
Thursday 26 February
Estudiantes de La Plata (ARG) - Universitario de Sucre (BOL)
San Luis (MEX) - Libertad (PAR)