Episode 217: Boca get their first win under GBS, an up-and-down week for River, and more

18 Mar

Episode 217 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam welcome Andrés and English Dan to the studio to go over the last week in Argentine football with a fine-toothed comb. It’s been a distinctly mixed seven days (and three matches) for River Plate, who were thrashed in the league but might have regained some confidence in the Libertadores on Wednesday night, and a good week for Boca Juniors, who claimed their first win of the Guillermo Barros Schelotto era on Monday. Estudiantes totally outplayed Gimnasia in the La Plata clásico on Sunday, and one of the consequences was the sacking of Gimnasia boss Pedro Troglio – though it might not have been a solely footballing decision. Lanús’ and Rosario Central’s unbeaten starts to the season have come undone, and there are some surprising competitors for the championship final positions, especially in Group 2.

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Mystic Tom’s predictions for round 8 (last week Mystic Harry got 2/14):
Arsenal v Gimnasia
Aldosivi v San Martín
Estudiantes v Defensa y Justicia
Belgrano v Vélez
Colón v Unión
Godoy Cruz v Olimpo
Argentinos v Atlético Tucumán
Independiente v Patronato
Quilmes v San Lorenzo
River v Banfield
Huracán v Temperley
Lanús v Boca
Rosario Central v Sarmiento
Atlético de Rafaela v Racing
Tigre v Newell’s

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