Episode 277: Independiente win the Sudamericana, Boca end the year top of the table

The final episode of Hand Of Pod in 2017 brings together Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Peter to discuss Independiente’s entertaining run to the Copa Sudamericana title, after they beat Flamengo 4-2 on aggregate in an enthralling final which saw its second leg in the Maracanã on Wednesday night. Why they deserved the title, and how Ariel Holan has turned the team around are among the topics for discussion. Will Holan stay? How good is Ezequiel Barco? These questions are also considered. We also have a look at the Superliga weekend which saw Rosario Central beat Newell’s Old Boys in the clásico rosarino, and Boca Juniors claim a win which ensures they end 2017 top of the league. Oh, and River Plate won the Copa Argentina! It’s a lot to cover, and this is an extended episode as a result. Enjoy.

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

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