Episode 21: Maradona goes postal, poor referees & Arsenal’s new boy

We had difficulty shutting up this week. A full 45 minutes of actually quite good stuff (if we say so ourselves) was cut, and the podcast still comes in at over an hour. Diego Maradona is the focus of much of the early part, his ongoing wars of words with AFA president Julio Grondona and Argentina manager Sergio Batista the main reasons, and his unlikely alliance with River Plate president Daniel Passarella. The latter leads us on to more dodgy refereeing in the weekend just gone, before we consider the key fixtures in the run-in as the races for the Clausura title and to avoid relegation approach their defining points. You’ll find a full diagram of the relevant bits of those tables, and the fixtures to come for each team, right here. Oh, and we run the rule over potential new Arsenal man, Vélez’s ‘Ricky’ Alvarez.

Mystic Dan’s predictions, and those all-important tables and upcoming fixture lists, are below the ‘continue reading’ line, as usual. And don’t forget you can subscribe to us on iTunes.

Mystic Dan’s round 16 predictions
Colón vs Argentinos
San Lorenzo vs Arsenal
All Boys vs Quilmes
Racing vs Banfield
Tigre vs Vélez
Estudiantes vs Independiente
Boca vs Newell’s
Olimpo vs River
Lanús vs Huracán
Godoy Cruz vs Gimnasia

And those tables. First, the top of the Clausura, with each team’s last five results, and final four opponents.

The top 4

And secondly, the bottom of the promedio. As noted in the podcast, bear in mind Huracán have played 109 games, not 110 – they’ll probably lose that one in hand, and if they do they’ll be on exactly the same points average as Gimnasia.

Relegation standings (purple = playoff places; red = automatic relegation places)

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