Episode 214: San Lorenzo and River still can’t defend, and are Boca back on track?

Episode 214 of Hand Of Pod is short but sweet, as Sam and Andrés take you through the last week in Argentine football. There are some entertaining matches to discuss, with San Lorenzo’s 3-2 win over Vélez Sarsfield and River Plate’s 3-3 draw away to Rosario Central the highlights – though Boca Juniors’ 4-1 win at home to Newell’s Old Boys is also a topic of conversation, and Colón’s unbeaten start to the campaign came spectacularly undone with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Godoy Cruz in Mendoza. The clásico de Avellaneda was a desperately dull match until the last few minutes, so we don’t waste too much time talking about it. The Copa Libertadores group stage has begun, but until we’ve seen another few matches it’s a little early to comment on that yet.

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Mystic Roberto’s predictions (last week Liam Harrison got 5/14)
Newell’s v Unión
Banfield v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v Argentinos
Sarmiento v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v Aldosivi
Huracán v San Lorenzo
Patronato v Belgrano
Colón v Central
Atlético Tucumán v Atlético de Rafaela
Olimpo v Arsenal
Racing v Boca
San Martín v Lanús
Vélez v Gimnasia
Temperley v Tigre
River v Independiente

Episode 213: Boca, Newell’s and Vélez find their feet as others stumble

Episode 213 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan look back on two rounds of fixtures during which Boca Juniors almost lost a manager but ultimately kept him, and found their first win of the new year thanks to a goal from Carlos Tevez. As well as Boca, Newell’s Old Boys and Vélez Sarsfield also both look rather better now than they did a couple of weeks ago, which makes Boca v Newell’s a particularly interesting fixture this weekend. Newell’s revival came in the form of a 5-0 tonking of Racing days after being played off the pitch by Central in the clásico rosarino, and Central are one of four clubs who’ve recorded three wins out of three (Aldosivi have a chance to do the same, but haven’t done yet because Huracán’s last two matches were postponed). This episode is later in the week than normal, but join us again next week, when we’ll be back to our normal schedule.

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Mystic Liam Harrison’s round 4 predictions (last week Liam Kelly got 4/14 for round 2)
Arsenal v Sarmiento
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley
Belgrano v Banfield
Boca v Newell’s
Aldosivi v Estudiantes
Independiente v Racing
Tigre v DyJ
Godoy Cruz v Colón
Lanús v Atlético Tucumán
Quilmes v Patronato
Central v River
San Lorenzo v Vélez
Unión v San Martín
Gimnasia v Olimpo
Argentinos v Huracan

Episode 212: River thrash Quilmes, Boca edge towards crisis and the rest of the first round

The two-hundred and twelfth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Peter, Andrés and returning panel member Rob Brown to look back on the opening weekend of Primera División action; matches which saw River Plate tonk Quilmes 5-1, Boca Juniors held to a 0-0 draw away to Temperley and Racing suffer the indignity of defeat away to newly-promoted Atlético Tucumán, among other results. Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s job as Boca manager is in serious jeopardy after a 4-0 defeat in the Supercopa Argentina (which happened after we recorded this episode), but he’ll still be in charge this weekend – though for how much longer? We also give you the latest on Huracán’s coach crash in Venezuela. Rumours of Patricio Toranzo having toes amputated are untrue. This week’s predictions are brought to you by listener Mystic Liam.

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Mystic Liam’s second round predictions
Arsenal v Banfield
Union v Temperley
Quilmes v Colón
Godoy Cruz v Independiente
Tigre v Huracán (postponed)
Atlético de Rafaela v Estudiantes
Aldosivi v Argentinos
San Lorenzo v Sarmiento
Racing v San Martín
Vélez v Olimpo
Central v Newell’s
Lanús v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Patronato
Boca v Atlético Tucumán
Belgrano v River

Episode 211: previewing the 2016 Primera División championship

Hand Of Pod is back for 2016, and Sam is joined by Andrés, Fede and Fran to preview another transitional championship, confusing format, stupid non-existent clásicos and all! We run the rule over which sides had good summers, which had indifferent ones and which had bad ones – where do some of the recent big hitters need to improve after disappointing last year, and who apart from Rosario Central are best placed to break the Big Five, who were resurgent in 2015? As well as this we’ve a change to the Mystical segment of HOP for this year – we want you to send in your predictions, and each week one lucky listener will get to try and beat the score set by Sam on this opening weekend. Can’t be that hard, can it…?

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Mystic Sam’s first round predictions
v Atlético de Rafaela
Banfield v Gimnasia
Central v Godoy Cruz
Aldosivi v Olimpo
Argentinos v Tigre
Patronato v San Lorenzo
San Martín v Newell’s
Temperley v Boca
Independente v Belgrano
Defensa v Unión
River v Quilmes
Colón v Arsenal
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Estudiantes v Lanús
Sarmiento v Vélez