Archive | September, 2016

Episode 234: Estudiantes maintain their lead, Bauza names his second Argentina squad & more

29 Sep

The two hundred and thirty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod is a two-man job, with Sam and Andrés discussing yet another win for Estudiantes, who’ve now won four out of four at the start of the league season, and two more points dropped for River Plate in a thrilling match, as well as an impressive Darío Benedetto-inspired win for Boca Juniors among plenty more. We then turn our attention to Tuesday’s announcement by CONMEBOL of some exciting (and long overdue) changes to the Copa Libertadores which should prove a great step forward for football across the continent, and look over Edgardo Bauza’s list of call-ups for Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifying double header against Peru and Paraguay, the first of which to Sam’s surprise is next Thursday.

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Mystic Liam’s fifth round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 10/15!)
Quilmes v Olimpo
Godoy Cruz v Unión
Central v Arsenal
Aldosivi v Talleres
Temperley v Newell’s
Racing v Patronato
River v Vélez
San Lorenzo v Atlético de Rafaela
Belgrano v Lanús
Banfield v San Martín
Gimnasia v Estudiantes
Sarmiento v Independiente
Colón v Defensa y Justicia
Tigre v Boca
Atlético Tucumán
v Huracán

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Episode 233: Estudiantes open up a lead, Boca and River both stumble

22 Sep

In the two hundred and thirty-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Remi and Tony discuss a weekend of action which saw Estudiantes take a two-point lead ahead of River Plate at the top of the table, thanks to a 2-0 win over Atlético Tucumán before River were held at home to San Martín. Boca Juniors also dropped points, and questions marks once again hang over the team, while Atlético de Rafaela picked up a shock win over Gimnasia (who’d started the weekend joint top with River and Estudiantes) which might prove crucial come the end of the season in the relegation battle.

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Mystic Chris’s round four predictions (last week Mystic Bob got 6/15)
Olimpo v Godoy Cruz
Atlético de Rafaela v Central
Newell’s v Atlético Tucuman
Vélez v Racing
Independiente v Tigre
Huracán v Sarmiento
Unión v Belgrano
Estudiantes v Temperley
Patronato v San Lorenzo
Talleres v Banfield
Lanús v Aldosivi
Boca v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v River
Arsenal v Gimnasia
San Martín v Colón

Episode 232: River and Boca impress, the Big Five make history and much more

15 Sep

The two hundred and thirty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Fran and Andrés discuss very impressive wins for River Plate and Boca Juniors last weekend, as well as running the rule over early joint-leaders (along with River) Estudiantes de La Plata and Independiente. Last weekend was just the second time in the professional era that all of the Big Five have won to nil on the same weekend, although we caught rather less of Racing’s and San Lorenzo’s matches than we probably should have before attempting to discuss them. Also up for debate: are Rosario Central suddenly a bit crap, or are Vélez Sarsfield rather better than we thought they were? And how is the relegation battle – worth talking about even at this early stage thanks to the promedio system – shaping up?

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Mystic Bob’s predictions (last week Mystic Tony got 6/15):
Colón v Talleres
Lanús v Union
Central v Patronato
Aldosivi v Banfield
Quilmes v Independiente
San Lorenzo v Vélez
Sarmiento v Newell’s
Temperley v Arsenal
Atlético Tucumán v Estudiantes
Belgrano v Olimpo
Godoy Cruz v Boca
River v San Martín
Racing v Defensa y Justicia
Tigre v Huracán
Gimnasia v Atlético de Rafaela

Episode 231: Reviewing Edgardo Bauza’s start as Argentina boss and more

8 Sep

The two hundred and thirty-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Tony to look back over two weeks of action: the first round of Primera División season, the highlights of which were a 3-0 away win for Estudiantes over Tigre and 4-1 home victory for River Plate against Banfield, and Edgardo Bauza’s first two matches as Argentina manager, a 1-0 home win over Uruguay and a 2-2 away draw to Venezuela in two rather different performances. Tony predicts this weekend’s matches and other topics up for discussion are why Boca Juniors don’t seem to have improved much at all, and (very briefly) some news about Daniel Passarella.

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Mystic Tony’s second round predictions (two weeks ago Mystic Sam got 5/15)
Patronato v Gimnasia
Huracán v Quilmes
Olimpo v Lanús
Banfield v Colón
San Martín v Racing
Unión
v Aldosivi
Defensa y Justicia v San Lorenzo
Independiente v Godoy Cruz
Newell’s v Tigre
Vélez v Central
Estudiantes v Sarmiento
Boca v Belgrano
Talleres v River
Arsenal v Atlético Tucumán
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley