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Episode 213: Boca, Newell’s and Vélez find their feet as others stumble

20 Feb

Episode 213 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan look back on two rounds of fixtures during which Boca Juniors almost lost a manager but ultimately kept him, and found their first win of the new year thanks to a goal from Carlos Tevez. As well as Boca, Newell’s Old Boys and Vélez Sarsfield also both look rather better now than they did a couple of weeks ago, which makes Boca v Newell’s a particularly interesting fixture this weekend. Newell’s revival came in the form of a 5-0 tonking of Racing days after being played off the pitch by Central in the clásico rosarino, and Central are one of four clubs who’ve recorded three wins out of three (Aldosivi have a chance to do the same, but haven’t done yet because Huracán’s last two matches were postponed). This episode is later in the week than normal, but join us again next week, when we’ll be back to our normal schedule.

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Mystic Liam Harrison’s round 4 predictions (last week Liam Kelly got 4/14 for round 2)
Arsenal v Sarmiento
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley
Belgrano v Banfield
Boca v Newell’s
Aldosivi v Estudiantes
Independiente v Racing
Tigre v DyJ
Godoy Cruz v Colón
Lanús v Atlético Tucumán
Quilmes v Patronato
Central v River
San Lorenzo v Vélez
Unión v San Martín
Gimnasia v Olimpo
Argentinos v Huracan

Episode 212: River thrash Quilmes, Boca edge towards crisis and the rest of the first round

12 Feb

The two-hundred and twelfth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Peter, Andrés and returning panel member Rob Brown to look back on the opening weekend of Primera División action; matches which saw River Plate tonk Quilmes 5-1, Boca Juniors held to a 0-0 draw away to Temperley and Racing suffer the indignity of defeat away to newly-promoted Atlético Tucumán, among other results. Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s job as Boca manager is in serious jeopardy after a 4-0 defeat in the Supercopa Argentina (which happened after we recorded this episode), but he’ll still be in charge this weekend – though for how much longer? We also give you the latest on Huracán’s coach crash in Venezuela. Rumours of Patricio Toranzo having toes amputated are untrue. This week’s predictions are brought to you by listener Mystic Liam.

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Mystic Liam’s second round predictions
Arsenal v Banfield
Union v Temperley
Quilmes v Colón
Godoy Cruz v Independiente
Tigre v Huracán (postponed)
Atlético de Rafaela v Estudiantes
Aldosivi v Argentinos
San Lorenzo v Sarmiento
Racing v San Martín
Vélez v Olimpo
Central v Newell’s
Lanús v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Patronato
Boca v Atlético Tucumán
Belgrano v River

Episode 211: previewing the 2016 Primera División championship

5 Feb

Hand Of Pod is back for 2016, and Sam is joined by Andrés, Fede and Fran to preview another transitional championship, confusing format, stupid non-existent clásicos and all! We run the rule over which sides had good summers, which had indifferent ones and which had bad ones – where do some of the recent big hitters need to improve after disappointing last year, and who apart from Rosario Central are best placed to break the Big Five, who were resurgent in 2015? As well as this we’ve a change to the Mystical segment of HOP for this year – we want you to send in your predictions, and each week one lucky listener will get to try and beat the score set by Sam on this opening weekend. Can’t be that hard, can it…?

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Mystic Sam’s first round predictions
Huracan
v Atlético de Rafaela
Banfield v Gimnasia
Central v Godoy Cruz
Aldosivi v Olimpo
Argentinos v Tigre
Patronato v San Lorenzo
San Martín v Newell’s
Temperley v Boca
Independente v Belgrano
Defensa v Unión
River v Quilmes
Colón v Arsenal
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Estudiantes v Lanús
Sarmiento v Vélez

Episode 209: Huracán put River out of the Sudamericana semis, and the playoffs so far

28 Nov

The two hundred and ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan, Andrés, Fran and guest Rob Crisp for a brief roundup of the qualification playoffs for the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and a preview of the finals for same (including a Racing v Independiente double-header for the final Libertadores spot, which is going to be great fun for the neutral). On Thursday night, Huracán reached their first ever continental final, a 2-2 draw at home to Copa Sudamericana holders River Plate giving them a 3-2 aggregate win and meaning River’s amazing run of continental success under Marcelo Gallardo has come to an end, a couple of weeks before they get underway at the Club World Cup. We look back on that tie, on what Huracán have got to shout about and how they might do in the final against Independiente Santa Fe, and at River’s ongoing issues ahead of their trip to Japan. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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23 Oct

In the two hundred and fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and English Dan for a look at last weekend’s Primera División action, which saw Boca Juniors fail to capitalise on a fine chance to claim the title after San Lorenzo had lost – Boca were well beaten by Racing, and will need a result at home to Tigre next weekend in order to avoid a nervy title-decider on the last weekend away to Rosario Central. Nueva Chicago got a spectacular 5-0 win at home to Newell’s Old Boys on a goal-packed weekend, but then had to watch as Colón got a 3-1 win over Arsenal – Colón’s first win in six matches – which means Chicago are five points adrift with two matches remaining. There was plenty more to discuss, from River Plate’s apathy towards the league to whether Daniel Oldrá is a better manager than Gabriel Heinze for Godoy Cruz (okay, not really much of a discussion on that last point). There’s no Argentine football this weekend apart from the Copa Argentina semi-finals on Friday night, and we preview those as well. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Episode 202: Boca close in on the title and Argentina gear up for World Cup qualifying

8 Oct

The two hundred and second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés convene to discuss a weekend of football which saw Boca Juniors open up an imposing six point lead at the top of the table with just three matches remaining. Following San Lorenzo and Rosario Central’s 2-2 draw, Boca struggled a bit but still beat Crucero del Norte 1-0, as a result of which Crucero, to no-one’s surprise, are relegated. Still clinging on to their Primera status – for now – are Nueva Chicago, who grabbed a 2-1 win over Vélez Sarsfield. River Plate put in an awful performance and were well beaten, 3-0 by Independiente, and Quilmes’ good form continued. This weekend the Primera takes a break for the first double-header of CONMEBOL’s marathon World Cup qualifying campaign, which will see a Lionel Messi-less Argentina host Ecuador on Thursday and travel to Paraguay on Tuesday. 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 World Cup Qualifying predictions (last week in the league: 7/15)
Argentina 3-0 Ecuador
Paraguay 1-2 Argentina

Episode 201: Advantage Boca in the title race, the AFA election candidates and more

1 Oct

The two hundred and first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan as well as newcomer Fran to discuss a weekend of action which saw Boca Juniors take a decent lead in the title race as San Lorenzo dropped points to Tigre. Rosario Central shouldn’t yet be ruled out though, as they reminded everyone with a 4-0 thrashing of Gimnasia. We also run the rule over Jonathan Calleri, who if some English newspapers are to be believed is attracting interest from Arsenal (of London, not Sarandí), and look at the two confirmed candidates for the first proper election the Argentine Football Association has had since… oh, a very long time indeed. 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 twenty-seventh round predictions (last week: 6/15)
Belgrano v Defensa y Justicia
Quilmes v San Martín
Arsenal v Atl. Rafaela
Sarmiento v Estudiantes
Gimnasia v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v Central
Argentinos v Tigre
Boca v Crucero del Norte
Godoy Cruz v Temperley
Independiente v River
Newell’s v Huracán
Vélez v Chicago
Unión v Colón
Banfield v Racing
Aldosivi v Lanús