Episode 172: The first round of 2015 Primera action & Argentine clubs’ Libertadores hopes

The 2015 Monster Championship has begun, and in the hundred and seventy-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Santi and Peter convene to look back on the first weekend of action. Champions Racing got off to a losing start, Independiente edged a five-goal thriller, whilst things were rather more pedestrian for River Plate, Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo, who all recorded routine wins. The first managerial casualty of the season has, faintly ridiculously, already occurred, with Reinaldo Merlo sacked by Colón. We also look at the Copa Libertadores and tell you exactly who will qualify from each group. Thanks again to folk at Argentina Independent – a fine English-language news site covering goings-on in Argentina and across Latin America – for providing the booze.

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Mystic Sam’s second round predictions (last week: 7/15 correct)
Atlético de Rafaela v Banfield
Huracán v Arsenal
Estudiantes v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Gimnasia
Central v Tigre
Olimpo v Racing
Vélez v Crucero del Norte
Independiente v Sarmiento
Aldosivi v Newell’s
Chicago v Unión
River v Quilmes
Colón v Argentinos
Temperley v Boca
Lanús v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v San Lorenzo

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