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.

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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.

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Episode 291: Godoy Cruz slip up to (almost) hand Boca the title, and a good week for Racing

In the two hundred and ninety-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Julián get together over a mate and some biscuits to discuss a weekend of Superliga action in which Boca Juniors saw the title race swing decisively their way (surely this time, this is it?) after Godoy Cruz were held by Banfield. Elsewhere, River Plate are now so good that even their reserves can win at a canter … although it was only against Arsenal de Sarandí, so maybe not. Racing won the clásico coudetense, Defensa y Justicia shocked Independiente in the clásico holandés (I wish I’d thought that name up to tweet during the match, or indeed to say earlier on the podcast) and the race for the last Copa Libertadores spots, and all of the Copa Sudamericana spots, is as tight as ever. Oh, and we’re now finally live on Patreon! Please check out our page and consider supporting us.

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CORRECTION: last week, Mystic Sam and Mystic Liam drew 8-8 in a humdinger of a prediction battle which saw Sam equalise in the last game of the round thanks to Defensa y Justicia’s win over Independiente. No one was brave enough to take Sam on this week, but here are his predictions so you can play along at home.

Mystic Sam
Chacarita v Temperley
Godoy Cruz v San Martín
Vélez Sarsfield v Banfield
Defensa y Justicia v Rosario Central
Newell’s Old Boys v Independiente
Lanús v Argentinos Juniors
Huracán v Atlético Tucumán
Gimnasia La Plata v Boca Juniors
Patronato v San Lorenzo
Belgrano v Colón
Racing v Arsenal
Unión v Talleres
Olimpo v Tigre

Episode 289: Defensa shock Boca, but no one can take advantage

The two hundred and eighty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés meet to discuss a weekend of action in the Superliga which saw Boca Juniors’ defeat to Defensa y Justicia on Saturday throw the door wide open for Talleres and San Lorenzo … and Talleres and San Lorenzo both fail completely to take advantage. There’s a new second place team thanks to Godoy Cruz tonking San Lorenzo 5-0 on Sunday, but they’re still seven points behind the leaders and there are now just five games remaining. Elsewhere, River Plate kept up their great run of domestic form with a 2-0 away win over Racing that was clinical if not spectacular, and Chacarita Juniors aren’t dead yet – have a listen to find out why Sam reckons there’s an AFA conspiracy to keep them in the Superliga (well, not really. But if they win again this weekend with some iffy refereeing, then maybe).

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Jimmy 8-5. This week, Mystic WaywardfromHayward steps up to the plate.

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

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

Hand Of Pod Extra – preview episode

Welcome to a special free preview of Hand Of Pod Extra. HOP Extra will be a weekly mini podcast available to supporters who put in enough to reach the appropriate reward tier on our upcoming Patreon page (which is not yet live). Sam will record a short bit each Sunday evening summarising the main talking points of the weekend. We wanted to give you an idea before launching the Patreon of what this extra episode would sound like, so enjoy!

 

Episode 286: The gap at the top shrinks a little, Scocco shines again, and Argentina gear up

The two hundred and eighty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan and Andrés to look back on a weekend of Superliga action which saw the gap at the top close to six points after Boca Junior could only draw following Talleres’ victory. That sets things up nicely for the resumption of hostilities after the international break, when Talleres visit Boca. Elsewhere, Racing thrashed Patronato and River Plate, fresh from their Supercopa win, deservedly beat Belgrano 3-1, with Nacho Scocco coming off the bench to score twice. Should he still be a sub? Finally, we discuss the Argentine national team, and how Jorge Sampaoli will be approaching their two upcoming friendlies.

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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

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