Episode 29: Alejandro Sabella’s first Argentina squad(s), and the Apertura begins

20 Aug

The twenty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod is, as the milkmaid said to the parson, quite a whopper. That’s largely because Sam, Australian Dan and Seba have not one but two rounds of Torneo Apertura matches to look back on, as well as River Plate’s historic debut in the Nacional B (second division). There’s more, though; before we can even get onto that, we’ve got – like those Apertura rounds – not one but two Argentina squads to discuss, with Alejandro Sabella having named both a full national team and a domestically-based side to take on Brazil. Carlos Tevez’s exclusion from the former, Juan Román Riquelme’s and Seba Verón’s inclusion in the latter, the new boys’ early performances in the Primera and the start of Vélez Sarsfield’s title defence; all this and much more is covered. And next week’s will be a more sensible length. We promise.

As usual, Mystic Dan’s predictions are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes here, and please, if you’re resident or a citizen of the UK, sign the petition for the release of the Hillsborough files by clicking here.

Mystic Dan’s Apertura third round predictions
Arsenal vs Vélez (CORRECT!)
San Lorenzo vs Argentinos
San Martín vs Lanús
Independiente vs Estudiantes
All Boys vs Rafaela
Tigre vs Godoy Cruz
Newell’s vs Boca
Banfield vs Racing
Olimpo vs Colón
Unión vs Belgrano

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