Episode 166: Points dropped at the top, and a season-defining few days ahead for River Plate

In the hundred and sixty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by English Dan for an afternoon espresso and a chat about an interesting week past and a thrilling one to come. We begin with some discussion of the latest declarations from the AFA, which shed a little (but just a little) light on how the Primera will look in 2015, but which fail to answer all the pertinent questions. After that, we move on to a quick review of last weekend’s top flight action, which saw River Plate and Lanús both drop points, allowing Racing and Independiente to gain ground. We then consider the coming week, with the Copa Argentina semi-finals to be played shortly after this episode goes online on Wednesday, followed on Thursday by the first leg of an epic Copa Sudamericana semi-final between Boca Juniors and River – sandwiched between which, league leaders River also visit second-placed Racing. These are going to be days which will define River’s campaign, so enjoy this episode while it’s relevant!

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

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