Episode 270: a Copa Argentina and Copa Libertadores roundup

26 Oct

There was no league football in Argentina over the weekend, so episode 270 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and English Dan discussing knockout competitions instead – we have a review of the Copa Argentina quarter-finals, which saw second tier Morón make it to the semi-finals, where they’ll play River Plate, and a review of the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final between River and Lanús, as well as a look at the Copa Sudamericana quarter-final first legs so far.

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This week, Mystic Jimmy takes on Mystic Sam in the prediction battle. Two weeks ago, in the last round of matches, Mystic Gav beat Sam 6-5.

Gav
Banfield v Colón
Argentinos v Arsenal
Huracán v Lanús
Unión v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Estudiantes
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Talleres v River
Newell’s v Chacarita
Gimnasia v Vélez
Temperley v San Lorenzo
Boca v Belgrano
Independiente v Patronato
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Tigre v Rosario Central

Sam
Banfield v Colón
Argentinos v Arsenal
Huracán v Lanús
Unión v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Estudiantes
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Talleres v River
Newell’s v Chacarita
Gimnasia v Vélez
Temperley v San Lorenzo
Boca v Belgrano
Independiente v Patronato
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Tigre v Rosario Central

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Episode 269: Boca pull clear at the top as River are held again

19 Oct

In episode 269 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on (what they saw of) a weekend which saw Boca Juniors move six points clear at the top of the Superliga, keeping their 100% record whilst River Plate were held to a draw for the third match in a row. Boca’s ability to dig in, River’s carelessness and the relegation battle are among the subjects up for discussion. Listeners’ questions cover the Copa Argentina and the national team.

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And here is Darren’s photo of Martin O’Neill with an Atlanta shirt.

Episode 268: Argentina are off to Russia. It was never in doubt

12 Oct

The two hundred and sixty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés discuss Argentina’s qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup, in spite of a 0-0 draw at home to Peru last Thursday and owing rather more to a hat trick from Lionel Messi in Quito which brought a 3-1 win away to Ecuador on Tuesday, in the last match of the campaign. What comes next, what needs to be tweaked, and what should remain the same are all up for discussion.

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Last week, Dan beat Sam in the World Cup qualifying predict-off. This week, Mystic Gav takes Sam on at predicting the next round of Superliga action.

Gav
Lanús v Unión
San Lorenzo v Defensa y Justicia
Colón v Temperley
Central v Argentinos
Estudiantes v Banfield
Vélez v Newell’s
Racing v Tigre
Chacarita v Independiente
Godoy Cruz v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Talleres
River v Atl. Tucumán
Patronato v Boca
Olimpo v Huracán
Arsenal v San Martín

Sam
Lanús v Unión
San Lorenzo v Defensa y Justicia
Colón v Temperley
Central v Argentinos
Estudiantes v Banfield
Vélez v Newell’s
Racing v Tigre
Chacarita v Independiente
Godoy Cruz v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Talleres
River v Atl. Tucumán
Patronato v Boca
Olimpo v Huracán
Arsenal v San Martín

Episode 267: Previewing Argentina’s two final World Cup qualifiers

4 Oct

The two hundred and sixty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod is a look at the Argentine national team as they approach two high-pressure World Cup qualifiers at home to Peru and away to Ecuador, which will either see them finally make it to Russia 2018 or not (all right, or end up in the playoff). Sam and English Dan give their thoughts on the four(!) lineups tried by Jorge Sampaoli in training on Tuesday, and discuss what needs to change from last month’s disappointing double header if the selección are to make it over the line at last. We also look at the weekend in the Superliga, where Boca Juniors kept up their 100% record – just – and Arsenal de Sarandí stunned Banfield to record their first points of the season.

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Last week, Mystic Sam and Mystic Chris drew 7-7 in the prediction battle. This week, Sam and Dan give their predictions for the last two rounds of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying action.

Dan
Bolivia v Brazil
Venezuela v Uruguay
Colombia v Paraguay
Chile v Ecuador
Argentina v Peru

Paraguay v Venezuela
Brazil v Chile
Ecuador v Argentina
Peru
v Colombia
Uruguay v Bolivia

Sam
Bolivia v Brazil
Venezuela v Uruguay
Colombia
v Paraguay
Chile v Ecuador
Argentina v Peru

Paraguay v Venezuela
Brazil v Chile
Ecuador v Argentina
Peru v Colombia
Uruguay v Bolivia

Episode 266: Boca still lead the way, Banfield impress and an all-Argentine Libertadores semi

28 Sep

The two hundred and sixty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés look back on a weekend during which River Plate dropped league points for the first time this season to leave Boca Juniors as the only team with a 100% record after four matches. There were impressive wins for Banfield and Colón, who aren’t far behind the top two, and we look at a poor week for Estudiantes and San Lorenzo, who played one another on Monday evening. There’s also a brief look forward to an all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semi-final, after River’s thrashing last Thursday of Jorge Wilstermann in their quarter-final second leg, and Lanús’ penalty shootout win over San Lorenzo.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Liam 5-3 in the prediction battle. This week, Mystic Chris is the challenger.

Chris
Defensa y Justicia v Huracán
Unión v Olimpo
Atlético Tucumán v Belgrano
San Lorenzo v Colón
Temperley v Estudiantes
Gimnasia v Lanús
Argentinos v Racing
Talleres v Patronato
San Martín v Central
Independiente v Vélez
Boca v Chacarita
Tigre v River
Banfield v Arsenal
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz

Sam
Defensa y Justicia v Huracán
Unión v Olimpo
Atlético Tucumán v Belgrano
San Lorenzo v Colón
Temperley v Estudiantes
Gimnasia v Lanús
Argentinos v Racing
Talleres v Patronato
San Martín v Central
Independiente v Vélez
Boca v Chacarita
Tigre v River
Banfield v Arsenal
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz

Episode 265: River and Boca set the early pace, and national team news

21 Sep

The two hundred and sixty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of league action in which River Plate and champions Boca Juniors continue to be the two teams to beat in the Superliga, even as River slumped last week to first leg defeat in the Copa Libertadores away to Jorge Wilstermann of Bolivia. There’s also talk of Jorge Sampaoli’s latest national team list (call-ups have gone out to players based abroad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador), and a change of venue for the Peru match to La Bombonera. As well as all this, Independiente’s Alexis Zárate (currently on loan at Temperley, perhaps not for much longer) has been found guilty of rape, and there’s some discussion of that verdict and the media reaction in Argentina.

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Twitter didn’t show the first two matches of Liam’s screenshot predictions (from which Sam was reading the fixtures for the Mystical section), so the first two games in the lists below didn’t get read out, but here for the record are all the predictions for this weekend:

Mystic Sam’s fourth round predictions (last week he got 7/14)
Belgrano v Tigre
Patronato v Atl. Tucumán
Huracán v Unión
Arsenal v Temperley
Chacarita v Talleres
Vélez v Boca
Godoy Cruz v Independiente
Colón v Defensa y Justicia
Olimpo v Gimnasia
Central v Banfield
River v Argentinos
Racing v San Martín
Lanús v Newell’s
Estudiantes v San Lorenzo

Mystic Liam’s predictions
Belgrano v Tigre
Patronato v Atl. Tucumán
Huracán v Unión
Arsenal v Temperley
Chacarita v Talleres
Vélez v Boca
Godoy Cruz v Independiente
Colón v Defensa y Justicia
Olimpo v Gimnasia
Central v Banfield
River v Argentinos
Racing v San Martín
Lanús v Newell’s
Estudiantes v San Lorenzo

Episode 264: Wrapping up the second weekend, and more national team talk

14 Sep

In the two hundred and sixty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés are joined by Julián for his second appearance, around two and a half years after his first. We look back on a second weekend of Superliga action which saw wins for River and Boca, a 4-1 tonking of Temperley by Racing, and – shock, horror – a goalless draw between Rosario Central and San Lorenzo. Last week’s national team talk has sparked something of a discussion among our Twitter followers, so we address that in the second half, along with a look at why the national team are moving to La Bombonera for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Peru.

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Mystic Sam’s third round predictions (last week he got 3/14)
Tigre v Patronato
Colón v Estudiantes
Argentinos v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v Unión
Newell’s v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v Arsenal
Independiente v Lanús
Talleres v Vélez
Atl. Tucumán v Chacarita
Banfield v Racing
Boca v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v River
Gimnasia v Huracán
Temperley v Central