Episode 328: Racing’s league lead remains at 3 points, and Scaloni welcomes Messi back for Argentina

The three-hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan to review a weekend on which the gap at the top remained at three points, with Racing and Defensa y Justicia the only realistic title hopefuls (and likely to be the only ones with even a mathematical chance by the end of the coming round). We also look back on Tuesday’s Copa Libertadores matches involving Argentine sides, and consider Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad – which was named after the pod was recorded, but which as expected marks the return of Lionel Messi to international football.

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Episode 311: A quietly successful mini tour for the national team, and a Copa Argentina roundup

In the three hundred and eleventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés give a quick roundup of the Copa Argentina, before taking a deep dive into the lukewarm pool of the national team, whose two clean sheets against Guatemala and Colombia – with two different goalkeepers! – were arguably the brightest thing about their first two games under caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni.

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No one challenged Mystic Sam this week, so here are his predictions for the fifth round of Superliga action.
Estudiantes v Aldosivi
Atlético Tucumán v Tigre
Independiente v Colón
River v San Martín de San Juan
Belgrano v Newell’s
Argentinos v Boca
Patronato v Gimnasia
Vélez v San Martín de Tucumán
Unión v Talleres
Lanús v Racing
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
Huracán v Banfield
Central v Defensa y Justicia

Episode 310: A Superliga summary, and an interesting international break

The three hundred and tenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés meet to discuss the action from the fourth round of Superliga 2018–19 action, which saw Racing leapfrog Rosario Central into the top spot by beating their visitors 2-0 in Avellaneda. River Plate and San Lorenzo drew yet again (with each other), Boca Juniors got back to winning ways, and Tigre once again scored two goals, but managed not to concede any this time. All this, and we’ve a preview of Argentina’s two upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia, as the national team begins a delicate rebuilding process after the trauma of the World Cup.

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