Episode 195: San Lorenzo and Boca both win as River lose ground, and sell Ramiro Funes Mori

The hundred and ninety-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan discuss an eventful round of action in the Primera last weekend, with San Lorenzo and Boca Juniors both claiming 2-1 wins to remain joint top, and their closest pursuers River Plate surprisingly lose to San Martín de San Juan, to fall behind in the title race – had River won that game and the one they still have in hand, they’d have been joint top. We also run the rule over Everton’s new signing, River defender Ramiro Funes Mori, and consider a promising performance from Racing and more political discussions at the Argentine FA. Enjoy. 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-first round predictions (last week: 7/15)
Atlético de Rafaela v Newell’s
Banfield v Gimnasia
Racing v Arsenal
San Martín v Independiente
Olimpo v Quilmes
Argentinos v San Lorenzo
Colón v Vélez
Central v Belgrano
Boca v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v River
Huracán v Lanús
Tigre v Unión
Crucero del Norte v Chicago
Defensa y Justicia v Aldosivi
Temperley v Sarmiento

Episode 193: River Plate win the Copa Libertadores, and plenty of goals in the league

The hundred and ninety-third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés, Peter, Joel and special guest Richard Martin to talk about River Plate’s 3-0 win over Tigres UANL on Wednesday night, and the third Copa Libertadores title it gave the club. The role of Marcelo Gallardo in using and adapting River’s tradition and expectations, the key players in the win and where the squad might go next are all discussed, before we move on to talk about a goal-packed weekend in the Primera División which ended with Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo tied on points at the top (River, three points behind them, didn’t play at the weekend and have a game in hand). There’s no football this weekend in Argentina due to primary elections, but Mystic Joel instead tells you what to bet on in the political sphere (not really). HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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