Episode 285: River shock Boca to win the Supercopa (that almost rhymes …)

The two hundred and eighty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés look back over a weekend of Superliga action that, erm, neither of them managed to catch an awful lot of. Among the bits they did see were last minute wins for Boca Juniors and River Plate, and an entertaining game between Independiente and Argentinos Juniors which saw El Rojo cement third place in the Superliga. There’s also discussion of Wednesday night’s Supercopa Argentina, which saw River turn in their best performance of the last six months or so to spring a surprise, beating Boca 2-0 to lift the trophy. The prize itself isn’t of huge importance, of course, but the repercussions for both clubs’ seasons could be – most notably, could this be the springboard for a revival in River’s fortunes?

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Liam 10-6. This time out, Mystic Nate steps up to take a beating (yes, Sam’s getting cocky …)

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

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

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Episode 284: A weekend of shocks, and a new Argentina squad

The two hundred and eighty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of Superliga action which was full of surprise results: from Arsenal de Sarandí winning a game against, well, anybody on Friday evening, to Argentinos Juniors playing Boca Juniors off the park and claiming a 2-0 victory over the league leaders on Monday night. One shock result that didn’t happen was a win for River Plate, who have a potentially huge couple of games coming up. Racing, meanwhile, might be paying Jorge Sampaoli to come and watch them these days … and speaking of Sampaoli, we have some thoughts on his latest Argentina squad.

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Last week, Mystic Sam won the prediction battle against Mystic Paul 5-3. This week, Mystic Liam steps up to the plate.

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

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

Episode 283: San Lorenzo slip up as Boca rediscover their attacking spark

Episode 283 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss a weekend of Superliga action in which San Lorenzo lost away to Gimnasia, thus falling even further behind league leaders Boca Juniors, who rediscovered their attacking form in an entertaining 4-2 win over San Martín. San Lorenzo also ceded second place to Talleres. River Plate are still abysmal, and lost 1-0 away to Vélez Sarsfield in a dreadful match, while Racing managed two impressive wins: first becoming the first team this league season not to lose to Godoy Cruz in Mendoza, and then beating Cruzeiro 4-2 in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday night. All this and more.

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Last weekend, Mystic Sam lost 7-3 to Mystic Youssef. This week, the challenger is Mystic Paul.

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

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

Episode 282: Central’s new kids on the block, Independiente’s heartbreak and more

Episode 282 of Hand Of Pod comes to you a little later than normal this week, but Sam and Andrés are here to talk you through last weekend’s Superliga action ahead of the next round of games. Boca Juniors found it hard going for the second week running, but once again came through for a 1-0 win which keeps them at arm’s length (or perhaps two arms’ lengths) from the chasing pack, while there were plenty of goals elsewhere. River Plate’s attack improved a bit, but their defence still left a lot to be desired in a 2-2 draw against Godoy Cruz; Rosario Central’s youngsters, meanwhile, announced themselves with some fanfare as Andrés Lioi hit a hat trick in their 5-0 tonking of Olimpo. On Wednesday night, Independiente suffered the disappointment of a shootout defeat to Grêmio in the Recopa Sudamericana.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Youssef 8-5. This week, Youssef is back for more …

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

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

Episode 281: Talleres go second, Boca win again and Ribas can’t stop scoring

Episode 281 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés look back on a weekend of action which saw Talleres leapfrog San Lorenzo to go second – albeit having played a game more – and Boca Juniors maintain the distance at the top of the Superliga with a nervy win over Temperley. There were a couple of high-scoring games to look back on as well, and Sebastián Ribas’ red-hot scoring form continued with another goal for Patronato.

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This week, Mystic Sam takes on Mystic Youssef.

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

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

Episode 279: Boca pull clear, River in crisis and Unión keep up the good form

Episode 279 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés meet to discuss the opening weekend of football in Argentina in 2018, which included a Talleres win over San Lorenzo, giving Boca Juniors the chance to open a six-point gap at the top of the Superliga table – a chance the champions took in beating Colón. River Plate lost away to Huracán and, more worryingly, showed no signs of having adapted their gameplan over the summer break. Unión continue their fine form of 2017, and are now third, while Gabriel Heinze’s spell at Vélez Sarsfield got off to a good start with a 1-0 away win over Defensa y Justicia. Newell’s Old Boys almost suffered the indignity of dropping points to Arsenal de Sarandí, but were bailed out at the last minute.

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Last week, Mystic Simon beat Mystic Sam 7-5 in the prediction battle. This week, Sam’s all on his own. Here are his picks for this weekend’s games.

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

Episode 278: Summer’s over, and Argieball is back!

Hand Of Pod returns for 2018, with a new logo and exciting plans for the new year. Sam and Andrés are your hosts for episode 278, in which we look back over a transfer window that was mostly uneventful but all the same takes an age to summarise, because as we might have mentioned before there are too many clubs in the Argentine top flight. Lucas Pratto became the Millonarios’ most expensive signing ever, Carlos Tevez is back at Boca Juniors, and how have Independiente opted to replace Atlanta-bound Ezequiel Barco? All these questions and more are up for discussion. It’s good to be back!

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Mystic Sam this week takes on Mystic Simon, who’s our first ever Facebook predictor. Both Sam and Simon are already on 0/1 because Independiente and Rosario Central drew 1-1 on Wednesday evening.

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

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