Episode 133: No shortage of thrillers, Boca finally win again… and look out, Newell’s are back!

The hundred-and-thirty-first episode of Hand Of Pod features Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Ilan. They look back over the fourth round of the Torneo Final, which saw some wonderfully entertaining games: two golazos from Gonzalo Castellani as Godoy Cruz beat Rosario Central 3-0; a 3-2 thriller in La Fortaleza where Lanús ousted Vélez; a frankly slightly silly 2-2 draw in the round’s final match between Gimnasia and Belgrano in La Plata… and a simply awe-inspiring performance from Newell’s, who ended a run of thirteen matches without in spectacular fashion, dismantling Atlético de Rafaela to claim a 4-1 victory (they did it again as this episode was being edited, beating Nacional 4-0 in the Copa Libertadores). Boca Juniors finally won a game; their 1-0 win over Estudiantes was the La Plata side’s first defeat of the year. And of course, River Plate and Racing are both looking awful again. We ask why that is. Enjoy.

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Mystic Sam’s fifth round predictions
Godoy Cruz v Gimnasia
Racing v All Boys
Argentinos v Arsenal
Vélez v Boca
Rafaela v Belgrano
Central v Colón
Olimpo v Lanús
Quilmes v Tigre
River v San Lorenzo
Estudiantes v Newell’s

Episode 123: Maradona’s birthday, Giunta’s balls, and a lot of very angry people

The hundred-and-twenty-third episode of Hand Of Pod was recorded on Diego Maradona’s 53rd birthday, and after giving that fact the amount of coverage it deserves, we move on to a review of the last two rounds of Torneo Inicial action. Central shocked Newell’s in the clásico rosarino, River Plate still can’t score and Manu Gigliotti’s in fine form for Boca Juniors. Oh, and RACING HAVE WON A MATCH! Former Arsenal (de Woolwich) player, and now former Quilmes manager, Nelson Vivas clocked a fan and has been replaced by big-balled ‘Argentine Ferguson’ Blas Giunta, and a lot of other people have been getting very aggressive indeed in Argentine stadia. For once, it’s mostly players, not barras. There’s also time to consider whether River Plate goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero really deserves an Argentina call-up, and the amount of attention Mauricio Pochettino’s English managerial exploits are getting in Argentina (short answer: zero).

As ever, you’ll find Mystic Sam’s predictions for the coming weekend just below, and as ever, don’t forget you can subscribe to us on iTunes if you’re one of the 7.something billion people who haven’t yet done so.

Mystic Sam’s fourteenth round predictions
Arsenal v All Boys
Colón v Newell’s
Argentinos v Olimpo
Central v Rafaela
Godoy Cruz v Belgrano
Gimnasia v Racing
Quilmes v Vélez
Tigre v Lanús
San Lorenzo v Boca
River v Estudiantes