Episode 183: Reviewing Sunday’s superclásico and previewing Thursday’s, plus San Lorenzo and more

7 May

In the hundred and eighty-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés are joined by Mariano, returning to the pod after a long absence, and new boy Federico, the second of our newly-acquired tame Boca Juniors fans. We look back on Boca’s 2-0 win over River Plate on Sunday in the league, and review the rest of the weekend’s action as well – including some thoughts from Mariano on San Lorenzo’s decline and Copa Libertadores exit. We then preview this Thursday’s clash between River and Boca at the Monumental in part two of the Superclásico Trilogy, in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores last sixteen tie. Will Sunday’s Boca win play a role in either manager’s thinking? Will we see unchanged teams? Which side has more pressure on them, and is a Libertadores last sixteen tie more or less important than a Copa Sudamericana semi-final? All these questions and more are addressed. And this week it’s only an hour and a bit long, so early birds have plenty of time to listen before the match! HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s twelfth round predictions (last week: 4/15)
Estudiantes v Temperley
Lanús v Tigre
Chicago v Central
Quilmes v Godoy Cruz
Newell’s v San Lorenzo
Huracán v Olimpo
Vélez v Argentinos
Unión v Crucero del Norte
Belgrano v Arsenal
San Martín v Atlético de Rafaela
Aldosivi v Banfield
Independiente v Boca Reserves
River Reserves v Racing Reserves
Defensa y Justicia v Colón
Sarmiento v Gimnasia

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