Archive | April, 2017

Episode 254: Newell’s close the gap in a weekend of fine matches

27 Apr

In the two hundred and fifty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés take you through a weekend of thoroughly entertaining matches, including two that ended 4-3, a convincing win (combined with a very unconvincing draw) that took Newell’s Old Boys to within three points of league leaders Boca Juniors, and a frustrating draw that meant River Plate failed to go third. We consider Rodrigo Bentancur’s form now his mega-money move to Juventus has been confirmed, and ask whether he (for Uruguay) or Ezequiel Barco (for Argentina) will be travelling to South Korea for the Under-20 World Cup. All this, as well as listeners’ questions, and some predictions for the weekend to come from Mystic Andrés.

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Mystic Andrés’s twenty-second round predictions (last week Mystic Luke got 4/15)
Quilmes v Talleres
Independiente v Estudiantes
Huracán v Newell’s
Gimnasia v San Lorenzo
Sarmiento v Colón
Tigre v Banfield
Temperley v Racing
Unión v Patronato
Godoy Cruz v San Martín
Central v Aldosivi
Boca v Arsenal
Olimpo v Atl. Rafaela
Belgrano v Defensa y Justicia
Lanús v Vélez

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Episode 253: Tragedy in Córdoba, and River join the title race

20 Apr

The two hundred and fifty-third episode of Hand Of Pod features Sam and Andrés, who are joined via Skype by Luke Smith, who’s able to give us a Córdoba-dweller’s perspective on the tragedy that struck Argentine football over the weekend when Belgrano fan Emanuel Balbo was murdered in the stands at half time of the Córdoba clásico on Saturday. What exactly happened, and what the punishment might end up being for Belgrano are among the topics discussed. We also look over a weekend of football which saw River Plate – in somewhat controversial circumstances – become the only member of the top five to win  their match, and in so doing arguably join the title race, although they still have some distance to make up on Boca Juniors. As well as all this, there are listeners’ questions on the second tier and on the most southerly clubs in Argentina’s pyramid (which also happen to be the most southerly clubs in the world).

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Mystic Luke’s twenty-first round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 3/15)
San Lorenzo v Temperley
Aldosivi v Newell’s
Racing v Atlético Tucumán
Banfield v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v Lanús
Vélez v Unión
Central v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Huracán
Atlético Rafaela v Boca
San Martín v Belgrano
River v Sarmiento
Talleres v Godoy Cruz
Arsenal v Independiente
Patronato v Olimpo
Colón v Tigre

Episode 252: Bye-bye Bauza, Sampaoli next? And a domestic roundup

13 Apr

The two hundred and fifty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and Peter meet to discuss the AFA’s sacking on Tuesday of Edgardo Bauza as Argentina manager, and who might the next candidate be – with news filtering out shortly after we’d recorded that, as suspected, Jorge Sampaoli is the only serious candidate. Is he the right man for the job? Would he take it? And if he doesn’t, who might the other options end up being? All these questions and more are debated. As well as this, we’ve got a look at a Primera weekend which was so action-packed, even Independiente found their shooting boots – and how!

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Mystic Chris’s twentieth round predictions (last week Mystic Sam got 8/14, with Racing v Tigre postponed due to rain):
Huracán v Arsenal
Lanús v San Martín
Newell’s v Estudiantes
Belgrano v Talleres
Independiente v Atl. Rafaela
Olimpo v Vélez
Sarmiento v Racing
Godoy Cruz v Banfield
Atl. Tucumán v San Lorenzo
Boca v Patronato
Quilmes v Colón
Tigre v River
Unión v Defensa y Justicia
Temperley v Central
Gimnasia v Aldosivi

Episode 251: Boca extend their lead, River hit form, and more stuff on Bauza’s future

7 Apr

The two hundred and fifty-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss a weekend with a fair number of thrillers, including a 4-2 clásico win for Lanús over Banfield, a 3-2 win after being 2-0 and one man down for Racing away to Quilmes, and a controversial 4-3 victory for Tigre at home to San Lorenzo. That last result means Boca Juniors are now five points clear at the top of the league, and we also look at their 1-0 win over Defensa y Justicia (who are involved in continental football for the first time ever) and at River Plate’s 2-1 away win over Godoy Cruz which seems to confirm that River are rediscovering their best form under Marcelo Gallardo. All this as well as the first machinations of Claudio Tapia as AFA president, in the form of him desperately hoping Edgardo Bauza resigns some time soon as national team manager.

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Mystic Sam’s nineteenth round predictions (last week Mystic Vincent got 8/15)
Aldosivi v Estudiantes
Central v Atl. Tucumán
Colón v Godoy Cruz
Arsenal v Newell’s
San Lorenzo v Sarmiento
Atl. Rafaela v Huracán
Racing v Tigre
Talleres v Lanús
Banfield v Belgrano
Patronato v Independiente
San Martín v Unión
River v Quilmes
Vélez v Boca
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Gimnasia v Temperley