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

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Episode 309: the Copa Libertadores suspension shitshow

The three hundred and ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discussing a chaotic week of Copa Libertadores administration which saw much-publicised disciplinary decisions regarding River Plate’s Bruno Zuculini and Santos’ Carlos Sánchez in their ties against Racing and Independiente, respectively. As well as this, we’ve a roundup of the third round of Superliga action, which saw Rosario Central maintain their 100% record, and a number of belting goals.

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Last week, Mystic Laurence thrashed Mystic Sam 6-2. This week, Mystic Jimmy is back.

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

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

Episode 306: previewing the 2018–19 Superliga season

In the three hundred and sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés preview the 2018–19 Superliga season, which kicks off on Friday evening, and also have a look at the Copa Libertadores round of sixteen, which began on Tuesday evening with Estudiantes’ surprise win over defending champions Grêmio.

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Mystic Sam’s opening round predictions (winners in bold; where neither team is bolded, the prediction is a draw)
Vélez v Newell’s
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Gimnasia v Argentinos
Unión v Aldosivi
Patronato v Colón
Belgrano v San Martín
Boca v Talleres
Godoy Cruz v Estudiantes
Lanús v Defensa y Justicia
Central v Banfield
Huracán v River
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Independiente v San Martín is postponed, so Sam hasn’t predicted it.

Episode 304: Getting into our cups

The three hundred and fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés catching up with what’s been going on in the Copa Argentina, which has seen a number of shocks this year but notably not in Independiente’s or River Plate’s matches since we last recorded – those two scored fifteen goals between them in seeing off Central Ballester and Central Norte respectively. There’s also a look at the round of 32 of the Copa Sudamericana, which is well underway (indeed, for Lanús it’s finished) and listeners’ questions ranging from the national team to Argentines abroad to the structure of the Superliga and the mysterious Copa de la Superliga.

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Episode 294: the end-of-season special

The two hundred and ninety-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan and Andrés to discuss the final weekend of Superliga 2017–18 action, in which there were a few high-scoring games, a few surprising results (including Independiente, Talleres and Racing falling over one another in their rush to not qualify for the Copa Libertadores)and a tight finish all round for the Copa places. We also have a look at a bad week for gender relations at the AFA and for TyCSports’ publicity department.

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 292, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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In a ding-dong battle last week, Mystic Sam triumphed 7-6 over Mystic Chris. This week of course there are no predictions, so instead here’s what the Listeners’ XI of the Season, as voted for by our Twitter followers, looks like:

M. Campaña (IND)

F. Bustos (IND) —- G. Conti (COL) —- L. Magallán (BOC) —- F. Fabra (BOC)

W. Barrios (BOC)

M. Meza (IND) ————————— G. Fernández (GCR)

C. Pavón (BOC) —————————————————————————————- G. Martínez (RIV)

L. Martínez (RAC)

Because Sam is an idiot, Franco Armani and Ricardo Centurión were both listed among the nominations accidentally even though both were one game short of the stated 15-appearance minimum. Both won their votes (Armani as goalkeeper, Centurión in the LMC position Pol Fernández has taken), but have been disqualified following a steward’s enquiry.

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.

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 292, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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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

Episode 290: the relegation race is settled, but is the title race back on … again?

The two hundred and ninetieth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Peter and Andrés to look back on a weekend of Superliga action in which the remaining three relegation spots were all decided, and the title race one last breath of life given to it thanks to Godoy Cruz’s sixth consecutive win and Boca Juniors’ second consecutive defeat. River Plate’s efficient form continues, and we look at why Vélez Sarsfield have become so much harder to beat under Gabriel Heinze, even though they’re still winning barely any matches.

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Mystic Sam was beaten 8-5 by Mystic WaywardfromHayward last week. This week, he takes on Mystic Liam.

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

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