Episode 328: Racing’s league lead remains at 3 points, and Scaloni welcomes Messi back for Argentina

The three-hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan to review a weekend on which the gap at the top remained at three points, with Racing and Defensa y Justicia the only realistic title hopefuls (and likely to be the only ones with even a mathematical chance by the end of the coming round). We also look back on Tuesday’s Copa Libertadores matches involving Argentine sides, and consider Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad – which was named after the pod was recorded, but which as expected marks the return of Lionel Messi to international football.

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Episode 327: Racing go three points clear thanks to Defensa y Justicia’s finishing problem

In three hundred and twenty seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Andy Jacobs of TalkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs to discuss a weekend which saw Racing pull three points clear at the top of the Superliga thanks to a 3-1 victory away to Independiente in the clásico de Avellaneda and Defensa’s defeat the following day to Boca Juniors in spite of dominating the match – which is becoming a familiar story.

HOP is sponsored by Fanatiz. Fanatiz allows you to watch the Argentine Superliga and the Copa Argentina live or on demand, as well as offering TyCSports International and other premium South American sports channels to viewers abroad. HOP listeners can get 20% off their first three months with Fanatiz by visiting this page and using the discount code ‘hopfz’ (without the quote marks) when signing up.

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Episode 326: Still neck and neck at the top, and previewing the Avellaneda clásico

In the three hundred and twenty sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss an interesting weekend of action which saw Tigre win their first game under Néstor Gorosito, and victories for both of the top two (Racing and Defensa y Justicia), who remain neck and neck with six games to go and that tantalising clash between them in the Cilindro on the final weekend. River were held and Boca Juniors won and then lost, and we announce the lucky winner of the six-month free Fanatiz subscription prize draw.

Fanatiz allows you to watch the Argentine Superliga and the Copa Argentina live or on demand, as well as offering TyCSports International and other premium South American sports channels to viewers abroad. HOP listeners can get 20% off their first three months with Fanatiz by visiting this page and using the discount code ‘hopfz’ (without the quote marks) when signing up.

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Episode 324: a low-scoring weekend, and Argentina’s Sudamericano Sub 20 progress

The three hundred and twenty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan, Andrés and Tony to discuss a low-scoring weekend of Superliga action in which the title race remained much the same (Racing and Defensa y Justicia both won), Saturday was about as exciting as we told you last week it was going to be, and Patronato got their second win in a row (and fourth of the season). We also discuss Argentina’s Sudamericano Sub 20 performances, and answer listeners’ questions.

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This week, Mystic Sam has a challenger! Since the episode was recorded, it’s been announced that Colón v San Lorenzo won’t be played this week, due to an outbreak of suspected dengue fever in the Colón squad.

Mystic Lee
Tigre v Banfield
Huracán v Vélez
Lanús v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Patronato
Independiente v Unión
Atl.Tucumán v Talleres
Colón v San Lorenzo
Newell’s v Central
Godoy Cruz v San Martín (T)
River v Racing
Belgrano v Boca
Defensa v Argentinos
Aldosivi v San Martín (SJ)

Mystic Sam
Tigre v Banfield
Huracán v Vélez
Lanús v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Patronato
Independiente v Unión
Atl. Tucumán v Talleres
Colón v San Lorenzo
Newell’s v Central
Godoy Cruz v San Martín (T)
River v Racing
Belgrano v Boca
Defensa v Argentinos
Aldosivi v San Martín (SJ)

Episode 321: Marcelo Bielsa and the philosophy of ethics

There’s not much actual football to discuss on this week’s Hand Of Pod, but episode 321 sees Sam, Andrés and Tony run the rule over Marcelo Bielsa’s hilarious/heinous (delete as you see fit) headline-grabbing in the English Championship, as well as a bit more transfer talk with Boca Juniors captain Pablo Pérez on his way to Independiente.

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Episode 319: Where next for River and Boca?

In the final HOP episode of 2018, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony look back on River Plate’s Club World Cup semi-final failure, before taking a look at what lies ahead for River and defeated Copa Libertadores finalists Boca Juniors in the summer break. We also discuss the 2019 Copa Libertadores group stage draw, and the first round of the Copa Sudamericana. Merry Christmas or the holiday greeting of your choice to all our listeners, and we’ll see you again in 2019!

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Episode 318: River lift the Libertadores, and Racing take a healthy lead into the summer

In the three hundred and eighteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Tony, Andrés and English Dan meet to review what turned out – for all the controversy and sadness surrounding the match – to be an entertaining Copa Libertadores final second leg, which culminated in River Plate being crowned champions of South America for the fourth time after beating Boca Juniors in extra time. We also review the final weekend of Superliga action of 2018, which sees Racing very much in the driving seat as the teams head into the summer break.

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