Episode 292: a cancellation conspiracy, and more

In the two hundred and ninety-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés discuss the silliness of the conspiracy theories surrounding why Gimnasia v Boca Juniors was called off on Sunday (some fans seem to think Daniel Angelici controls the weather), and we look back at a Superliga weekend which saw Godoy Cruz keep up their slim title hopes with a clásico victory, and a five goal thriller (of sorts) in Parque Patricios among other matches.

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From the matches that actually ended up taking place last weekend, Mystic Sam got 6/11. This week, we have a challenger again: Mystic Nate.

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

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

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Episode 291: Godoy Cruz slip up to (almost) hand Boca the title, and a good week for Racing

In the two hundred and ninety-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Julián get together over a mate and some biscuits to discuss a weekend of Superliga action in which Boca Juniors saw the title race swing decisively their way (surely this time, this is it?) after Godoy Cruz were held by Banfield. Elsewhere, River Plate are now so good that even their reserves can win at a canter … although it was only against Arsenal de Sarandí, so maybe not. Racing won the clásico coudetense, Defensa y Justicia shocked Independiente in the clásico holandés (I wish I’d thought that name up to tweet during the match, or indeed to say earlier on the podcast) and the race for the last Copa Libertadores spots, and all of the Copa Sudamericana spots, is as tight as ever. Oh, and we’re now finally live on Patreon! Please check out our page and consider supporting us.

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CORRECTION: last week, Mystic Sam and Mystic Liam drew 8-8 in a humdinger of a prediction battle which saw Sam equalise in the last game of the round thanks to Defensa y Justicia’s win over Independiente. No one was brave enough to take Sam on this week, but here are his predictions so you can play along at home.

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

Episode 275: Libertadores heartbreak for Lanús, with a very special guest

The two hundred and seventy-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan joined by a very special guest, because Phil Carney – author of the Lanús in English Twitter account – has flown down to Buenos Aires all the way from Manchester for a few days. Unfortunately his first visit to the city wasn’t enough to help Lanús to their first Copa Libertadores title, as they were totally outplayed by Grêmio in Wednesday night’s final second leg; we review that match, and Lanús’ run in the tournament, as well as last weekend’s Superliga matches. A second straight defeat for Boca Juniors and a good run for San Lorenzo means we have a title race, all of a sudden (they’re now tied on points, though Boca have a game in hand, after San Lorenzo wrapped up a victory shortly after we finished recording). And there’s praise for Independiente, who not only beat Racing in the clásico with a reserve team but also advanced to the Copa Sudamericana final in a thrilling second leg on Tuesday night.

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Last week, Mystic Sam again lost to Youssef, 7-4 (with both of us forgetting to predict Estudiantes v Atlético Tucumán, for some reason). This week, Sam takes on Phil – having a real-life listener here in the studio was too good an opportunity to pass up!

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

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

Episode 274: Boca lose more than a match, and Lanús’ first Libertadores final begins

The two hundred and seventy-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Andrés and Sam discuss a weekend of Superliga action which saw Boca Juniors lose for the first time in the league this season, thanks to probably Racing’s best performance so far – and which brought more bad news for Boca late on with an injury to Darío Benedetto which will probably keep him out until the end of the season. River Plate also lost the weekend, but finally won on Wednesday to end a run of six league games without a victory, while San Lorenzo went second and Independiente and Lanús both started continental ties this week: Independiente in the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals, and Lanús in the Copa Libertadores final. Both lost 1-0, but it’s all still to play for …

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Last week, Mystic Youssef beat Mystic Sam 4-3 in the prediction battle. This week, no-one else volunteered, so Youssef is back, and Sam gets a shot at revenge!

Youssef
Banfield vs Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita vs Huracán
Colón vs Tigre
Belgrano vs Gimnasia
Patronato vs Unión
San Lorenzo vs Argentinos
Racing vs Independiente
River vs Newell’s
Central vs Boca
Arsenal vs Talleres
Vélez vs Olimpo
Temperley vs San Martín

Sam
Banfield vs Def y Justicia
Chacarita vs Huracán
Colón vs Tigre
Belgrano vs Gimnasia
Patronato vs Unión
San Lorenzo vs Argentinos
Racing vs Independiente
River vs Newell’s
Central vs Boca
Arsenal vs Talleres
Vélez vs Olimpo
Temperley vs San Martín

Episode 271: Lanús qualify for their first Libertadores final, and previewing River v Boca

In episode 271 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan have an afternoon conversation about two big continental ties: the all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semi-final which saw Lanús come back from 3-0 down on aggregate to beat River Plate 4-3 and advance to the first Libertadores final in the club’s history, and Racing’s Copa Sudamericana exit at the hands of Paraguayan giants Libertad, which it’s fair to say was somewhat less thrilling. Independiente should keep the Argentine flag flying (their Copa Sudamericana quarter-final second leg was going to plan as this episode was uploaded), and Boca Juniors extended their lead in the Superliga, winning as River and Lanús (who both fielded reserve sides) both lost; they’re now six points clear of second-placed San Lorenzo, ahead of this weekend’s visit to River Plate, which we of course preview.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Gav 7-4 in the predict-off. This week, no-one volunteered and Sam forgot to tweet a challenge out, so here are Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions on their own.

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

Episode 270: a Copa Argentina and Copa Libertadores roundup

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

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

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