Archive | October, 2014

Episode 163: Carlos Tevez returns to the Argentina fold, and just how good are River Plate?

31 Oct

In episode 163 of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Peter and Andrés to discuss Carlos Tevez’s return to the Argentine national team, ahead of the upcoming friendlies in England against Croatia at Upton Park and Portugal at Old Trafford. After that, we spend a good while wondering just how good this current River Plate team are, after Marcelo Gallardo’s boys beat Estudiantes 2-1 in the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday evening to make it 29 matches unbeaten in all competitions – equalling River’s best unbeaten run of the professional era, and leaving them just two short of the longest unbeaten run in the club’s entire history. Does this say more about the current state of the Argentine league than anything else? After that, we look at the rest of the league. Listeners’ questions include just how things are going for Juan Román Riquelme’s Argentinos Juniors.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s fourteenth round predictions
Banfield v Olimpo
Godoy Cruz v Belgrano
Gimnasia v Racing
Quilmes v Vélez
Central v Atlético de Rafaela
Tigre v Lanús
San Lorenzo v Boca
River v Estudiantes
Arsenal v Independiente
Defensa y Justicia v Newell’s

Episode 162: Central claim victory in the Rosario clásico, River still lead the way and more

24 Oct

The hundred and sixty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés joined one last time (or so he claims) by Neil Clack, author of an actual published book. We look back on Rosario Central’s 2-0 win over Newell’s Old Boys in last weekend’s clásico rosarino, and consider where Newell’s go next, before reviewing the rest of the weekend’s action – and a very satisfying seven days for River Plate. The Argentine sides in the Copa Sudamericana get a once-over (except Boca, who only secured their place in the quarter-finals a couple of hours after we finished recording this episode), and we talk a bit about the incoming league structure and other annoying related things.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s thirteenth round predictions
Belgrano v Central
Independiente v Tigre
Vélez v Banfield
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz
Olimpo v Racing
Estudiantes v Quilmes
Lanús v San Lorenzo
Boca v Defensa y Justicia
Atlético de Rafaela v River
Arsenal v Gimnasia

Episode 161: A look at Argentina’s friendlies and River extend their lead

16 Oct

In the hundred and sixty-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on Argentina’s two recent friendlies in China – in Beijing against Brazil and in Hong Kong against Hong Kong (although neither of us saw the latter). We explain why the AFA won’t be getting any money themselves from the Hong Kong match, before looking at the weekend’s Primera action, which saw River Plate emerge as the big winners – other sides stumbling, combined with River’s 1-0 win away to Newell’s Old Boys, means the champions have a four point lead at the top of the table. We also belatedly preview this weekend’s Rosario clásico between Central and Newell’s, among much more.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s twelfth round predictions
Gimnasia v Olimpo
Quilmes v Atlético de Rafaela
Banfield v Estudiantes
San Lorenzo v Independiente
Defensa y Justicia v Lanús
Central v Newell’s
Racing v Vélez
River v Belgrano
Godoy Cruz v Boca
Tigre v Arsenal

Episode 160: A very wet superclásico, Lanús keep the pressure on & Tigre’s revival continues

10 Oct

The hundred and sixtieth episode of Hand Of Pod is a chance for Sam, Andrés and Peter to review Sunday’s superclásico, in which River Plate and Boca Juniors played out a 1-1 draw in an extremely wet Estadio Monumental. A poor refereeing performance, a farcical pitch and, above all, an awful lot of rain were on the agenda for Sam (who was lucky enough to be there), whilst the others enjoyed it from the warmer and drier surroundings of their sofas. Elsewhere, Tigre made it three league wins out of three under Gustavo Alfaro, Lanús kept the pressure on River at the top of the table by beating Rosario Central, and Independiente’s good run continued with a highly entertaining 2-2 draw away to Godoy Cruz. All this and some typically interesting listeners’ questions are right here. Enjoy!

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s eleventh round predictions
Tigre v Gimnasia
Lanús v Godoy Cruz
Vélez v Olimpo
Belgrano v Quilmes
Estudiantes v Racing
Atlético de Rafaela v Banfield
Independiente v Defensa y Justicia
Boca v Central
Newell’s v River
Arsenal v San Lorenzo

Episode 159: The October 2014 Superclásico preview

2 Oct

In the hundred and fifty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés, Gustavo and Joel to preview this Sunday’s clash between River Plate and Boca Juniors in the Monumental. We give an overview of the history of the fixture (and who better to guide us through it than Joel, who wrote the book on the rivalry?), and bring things up to date with a look at how both sides’ campaigns have gone so far. A look at last weekend in the Torneo de Transición follows, with Newell’s Old Boys’ unbeaten record brought to an end by Banfield, and Racing starting to look competent again (give it a week…). The superclásico on Sunday will be live to the world for free on YouTube via Fútbol Para Todos’ channel – this is the only preview you need for it.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s tenth round predictions
Gimnasia v Vélez
Banfield v Belgrano
San Lorenzo v Tigre
Defensa y Justicia v Arsenal
Quilmes v Newell’s
Olimpo v Estudiantes
River v Boca
Racing v Atlético de Rafaela
Central v Lanús
Godoy Cruz v Independiente