A cheeky little preview of this weekend’s action? Go on then…
As always, I’ll wade through this weekend’s compost heap in chronological order, and whilst the language may be agricultural when necessary, we’ll be trying to dig out the poo from the good stuff. (remind me to never use farming analogies again)
Newell’s vs Banfield opens up the weekends action. Expect it to be tight, the home side are rock bottom of the Clausura and have been awful. January’s sale of Mauro Formica has removed the hearbeat of their side but largely also removed any semblance of class and talent at the club. Mauricio Sperdutti virtually single-handedly holds the hope of this side in his hands, a raft of other signings like Claudio Bieler, have simply not worked out. Banfield are hardly spectacular but can and will beat anyone in the league on their day, as reigning champs Estudiantes found out. A little nibble on Banfield DNB is 2.3 and worth your £s.
Independiente host All Boys. The home side are improving and will now be focussing on the league having been knocked out of the Copa Libertadores. There’s no doubt that the visitors are, and will continue to be in the relegation picture but they’ve won their last two which casts doubts over any sort of solid prediction here. Draw has value at 3.2 and I make it the most likely result.
3 home wins should follow. Estudiantes host Colón, who are a bizarre outfit. They’ve won their last three on the road but their home form has kept them in the lower reaches of the table. Estudiantes are truly in the title chase though, will want to remain so, and have class throughout their side. Much moreso than the side from Santa Fe. Velez should have no trouble beating Quilmes despite their recent improvement. So much quality means that even if players are rested, you’d still fancy Velez, who now lead the championship by 2 points from our next tipped side; River. The Millionarios aren’t as big favourites as they host fifth place Godoy Cruz. River’s home form is excellent and their visitors have lost their last three on the road, but the Tomba shouldn’t be underestimated, this will be a good test of River’s title credentials at 1.8. The prices don’t seem juicy enough though so I’d avoid these tonight.
Arsenal should just have enough to pip Gimnasia but the Wolf from La Plata are desperate for points to keep them safe and they will see this as a game that they could steal some points from, and with good reason. Whilst the boys from Sarandi have some handy individuals like Obolo and Leguizamon, they haven’t won a game in what seems like forever and I’m having none of them at 2.00, the draw again the most likely result for me and therefore I am happy to see it priced at 3.2.