Episode 178: San Lorenzo go top, a new history bit and is Federico Mancuello better than Harry Kane?

The hundred and seventy-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod is a whopper, but with off-pitch trouble, plenty of goals in a week when the league leadership changed hands, Daniel Osvaldo’s on-pitch trolling, two national team friendlies and a new regular Argentine football history section to include, how could it be any other way? We discuss San Lorenzo’s thrashing of Lanús and River Plate’s last-gasp win over Gimnasia, as well as Boca’s canter against Estudiantes, before changing our focus to Argentina’s recent friendly victories over the Isle of Man – sorry, I mean, El Salvador – and Ecuador, in the first of which Federico Mancuello did a Harry Kane by coming on as a second half substitute and scoring shortly after. The subject of our first history section is a man who would have turned 100 years old on Monday – Arsenio Erico, the Paraguayan who is the all-time top goalscorer in the history of Argentina’s Primera División. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions (last week: 2/14)
Sarmiento v Belgrano
Estudiantes v Racing
Vélez v Arsenal
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley
DyJ v Central
Independiente v Gimnasia
Aldosivi v Godoy Cruz
Lanús v Argentinos
Colón v Olimpo
Quilmes v Crucero del Norte
River v San Lorenzo
San Martín v Tigre
Huracán v Boca
Chicago v Banfield
Newell’s v Unión

Episode 160: A very wet superclásico, Lanús keep the pressure on & Tigre’s revival continues

The hundred and sixtieth episode of Hand Of Pod is a chance for Sam, Andrés and Peter to review Sunday’s superclásico, in which River Plate and Boca Juniors played out a 1-1 draw in an extremely wet Estadio Monumental. A poor refereeing performance, a farcical pitch and, above all, an awful lot of rain were on the agenda for Sam (who was lucky enough to be there), whilst the others enjoyed it from the warmer and drier surroundings of their sofas. Elsewhere, Tigre made it three league wins out of three under Gustavo Alfaro, Lanús kept the pressure on River at the top of the table by beating Rosario Central, and Independiente’s good run continued with a highly entertaining 2-2 draw away to Godoy Cruz. All this and some typically interesting listeners’ questions are right here. Enjoy!

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Mystic Sam’s eleventh round predictions
Tigre v Gimnasia
Lanús v Godoy Cruz
Vélez v Olimpo
Belgrano v Quilmes
Estudiantes v Racing
Atlético de Rafaela v Banfield
Independiente v Defensa y Justicia
Boca v Central
Newell’s v River
Arsenal v San Lorenzo