Episode 282: Central’s new kids on the block, Independiente’s hearbreak 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

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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 280: the top two draw; Scocco’s solo brilliance, and Lautaro Martínez’s hat trick

Episode 280 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss an entertaining round of Superliga action which saw the gap at the top remain at six points, thanks to second place San Lorenzo’s 1-1 draw with league leaders Boca Juniors. Talleres went third with a fortuitous win over Temperley, and we also look at headline-grabbing solo performances for River Plate and Racing – namely Ignacio Scocco’s brace, including a spectacular second, for River, and Lautaro Martínez’s first senior hat trick for Racing.

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This week, Mystic Lee takes on Mystic Sam.

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

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

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

Episode 277: Independiente win the Sudamericana, Boca end the year top of the table

The final episode of Hand Of Pod in 2017 brings together Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Peter to discuss Independiente’s entertaining run to the Copa Sudamericana title, after they beat Flamengo 4-2 on aggregate in an enthralling final which saw its second leg in the Maracanã on Wednesday night. Why they deserved the title, and how Ariel Holan has turned the team around are among the topics for discussion. Will Holan stay? How good is Ezequiel Barco? These questions are also considered. We also have a look at the Superliga weekend which saw Rosario Central beat Newell’s Old Boys in the clásico rosarino, and Boca Juniors claim a win which ensures they end 2017 top of the league. Oh, and River Plate won the Copa Argentina! It’s a lot to cover, and this is an extended episode as a result. Enjoy.

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Episode 276: Boca keep their noses ahead, and two upcoming cup finals

The two hundred and seventy-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Andrés join Sam to look back on a weekend of Superliga action which saw yet another disappointing showing from River Plate, while Atlético Tucumán got an encouraging win ahead of their trip to Mendoza to play River in the Copa Argentina final on Saturday. Boca Juniors got back to winning way to keep their noses in front of San Lorenzo in the title race, and Defensa y Justicia won a five-goal thriller against Godoy Cruz. As well as all this, we’ve another continental final to look forward to, with Independiente preparing to take on Flamengo in the Copa Sudamericana showpiece, whose first leg is in Avellaneda on Wednesday night.

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Mystic Sam lost 7-4 in last week’s prediction battle against Phil. This week, Youssef is back.

Mystic Youssef
Temperley v Tigre
Patronato v Olimpo
Belgrano v Huracán
Banfield v Argentinos
Arsenal v Independiente
Central v Newell’s
Colón v Talleres
Racing v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita v Lanús

Mystic Sam
Temperley v Tigre
Patronato v Olimpo
Belgrano v Huracán
Banfield v Argentinos
Arsenal v Independiente
Central v Newell’s
Colón v Talleres
Racing v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita v Lanús