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 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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Episode 317: Racing open up a gap at the top, and the Libertadores final second leg awaits

In the three hundred and seventeenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of action which saw a five-goal thriller in the Tucumán clásico that helped Racing open up a five-point lead at the top of the Superliga going into the last weekend before the summer break. We also preview the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors – again …

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Episode 316: The River v Boca Copa Libertadores fiasco

It’s not often HOP gets to talk about genuinely the biggest story in world sport of the last week. In episode 316, Sam, Andrés and podcast newcomer Chris take you through the timeline, fallout, mistakes and conspiracy theories surrounding the postponement of the Copa Libertadores final second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors. We also talk a bit about the Argentine Superliga, to lighten the mood.

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Episode 315: The superclásico Copa Libertadores final preview

Well, this is quite a way to return from our month-and-a-half-long hiatus. On Saturday, River Plate will host Boca Juniors in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final; the biggest match in the history of Argentine – and probably South American – club football history. In episode 315 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan look back on the semis and the first leg of the final, before previewing the superclásico to end all superclásicos.

Incidentally, while Sam was away HOP turned eight years old, so thanks to everyone who’s listened to us since we started out!

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Episode 314: Racing extend their lead, River advance to the Libertadores semis and more

The three hundred and fourteenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Tony to discuss a weekend on which there was less football than normal, due to a rainstorm which resulted in only one match being played on Saturday. Racing won that game to extend their Superliga lead (pending Atlético Tucumán’s game in hand), while Boca returned to winning ways and River’s reserves tonked Lanús, before beating Independiente 3-1 on Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores. We also have a look at Lionel Scaloni’s latest Argentina squad. HOP will be a little less frequent for the next few weeks, because Sam is going on holiday, but we’ll still have occasional episodes, and normal service will be resumed towards the end of November.

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Last week, Mystic Lee and Mystic Liam drew 5-5. This week, as Sam won’t be totting the scores up next time out, he’s predicting on his own. Here are his picks for this weekend (Huracán v Argentinos and River v San Martín de San Juan are postponed due to the start of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this weekend).

Aldosivi v San Martín de Tucumán
Gimnasia v Godoy Cruz
San Martín de San Juan v Vélez
Patronato v Independiente
Banfield v San Lorenzo
Atlético Tucumán v Lanús
Rosario Central v Unión
Talleres v Belgrano
Racing v Boca
Tigre v Estudiantes
Colón v Newell’s

Episode 312: Copa Libertadores quarter-finals and a Boca v River preview

The three hundred and twelfth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony come together for a bumper episode, discussing the role of the VAR and all the others ins and outs of the first legs of the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals (the three involving Argentine clubs, anyway), and previewing Sunday’s titanic clash in the Bombonera between Boca Juniors and River Plate.

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This week’s predict-off challenger is Mystic WaywardfromHayward.

Mystic Wayward
San Lorenzo v Patronato
Colón v Godoy Cruz
Newell’s v Lanús
Talleres v Vélez
Defensa y Justicia v Estudiantes
Banfield v Independiente
San Martín de Tucumán v Argentinos
Tigre v Huracán
Gimnasia v Central
San Martín de San Juan v Atlético Tucumán
Boca v River
Aldosivi v Belgrano
Racing v Unión

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