Episode 314: Racing extend their lead, River advance to the Libertadores semis and more

The three hundred and fourteenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Tony to discuss a weekend on which there was less football than normal, due to a rainstorm which resulted in only one match being played on Saturday. Racing won that game to extend their Superliga lead (pending Atlético Tucumán’s game in hand), while Boca returned to winning ways and River’s reserves tonked Lanús, before beating Independiente 3-1 on Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores. We also have a look at Lionel Scaloni’s latest Argentina squad. HOP will be a little less frequent for the next few weeks, because Sam is going on holiday, but we’ll still have occasional episodes, and normal service will be resumed towards the end of November.

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Last week, Mystic Lee and Mystic Liam drew 5-5. This week, as Sam won’t be totting the scores up next time out, he’s predicting on his own. Here are his picks for this weekend (Huracán v Argentinos and River v San Martín de San Juan are postponed due to the start of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this weekend).

Aldosivi v San Martín de Tucumán
Gimnasia v Godoy Cruz
San Martín de San Juan v Vélez
Patronato v Independiente
Banfield v San Lorenzo
Atlético Tucumán v Lanús
Rosario Central v Unión
Talleres v Belgrano
Racing v Boca
Tigre v Estudiantes
Colón v Newell’s

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Episode 308: Boca slip up, and Central take advantage

The three hundred and eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of Superliga action in which River Plate flattered to deceive, Boca Juniors lost and thus ended a long run of being top or joint top, and Edgardo Bauza’s Rosario Central got another 1-0 win thanks to a headed goal.

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Last week, Mystic Jimmy beat Mystic Sam 4-3. This week’s challenger is Mystic Laurence.

Mystic Laurence
Belgrano v Estudiantes
Patronato v Racing
Atl. Tucumán v Colón
Independiente v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Talleres
Tigre v San Martín de San Juan
River v Argentinos
Huracán v Boca
Vélez v Banfield
Lanús v Aldosivi
Central v San Martín de Tucumán
Godoy Cruz v Newell’s
Unión v San Lorenzo

Mystic Sam
Belgrao v Estudiantes
Patronato v Racing
Atl. Tucumán v Colón
Inependiente v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Talleres
Tigre v San Martín de San Juan
River v Argentinos
Huracán v Boca
Vélez
v Banfield
Lanús v Aldosivi
Central v San Martín de Tucumán
Godoy Cruz v Newell’s
Unión v San Lorenzo

Episode 306: previewing the 2018–19 Superliga season

In the three hundred and sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés preview the 2018–19 Superliga season, which kicks off on Friday evening, and also have a look at the Copa Libertadores round of sixteen, which began on Tuesday evening with Estudiantes’ surprise win over defending champions Grêmio.

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Mystic Sam’s opening round predictions (winners in bold; where neither team is bolded, the prediction is a draw)
Vélez v Newell’s
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Gimnasia v Argentinos
Unión v Aldosivi
Patronato v Colón
Belgrano v San Martín
Boca v Talleres
Godoy Cruz v Estudiantes
Lanús v Defensa y Justicia
Central v Banfield
Huracán v River
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Independiente v San Martín is postponed, so Sam hasn’t predicted it.

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.

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 292, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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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.

Episode 293: Boca win a second straight title

It was fitting, given the way the season has gone, that Boca Juniors sealed their second consecutive league title with a draw in which they almost seemed to be trying to let the point slip away from them at times. In the two hundred and ninety-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and Mariano to discuss Boca’s title, why none of the chasing pack (not least San Lorenzo) had the wherewithal to make it into a proper title race, and all the ups and downs of the penultimate weekend of Superliga action, as well as looking forward to the final round of games.

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 292, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Nate 7-3. This week, Mystic Chris is the challenger.

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

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

Episode 292: a cancellation conspiracy, and more

In the two hundred and ninety-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés discuss the silliness of the conspiracy theories surrounding why Gimnasia v Boca Juniors was called off on Sunday (some fans seem to think Daniel Angelici controls the weather), and we look back at a Superliga weekend which saw Godoy Cruz keep up their slim title hopes with a clásico victory, and a five goal thriller (of sorts) in Parque Patricios among other matches.

A reminder that HOP is now on Patreon, where you’ll find two extra mini-episodes each week if you support us to the tune of US$5 per month or more. The latest HOP Extra, recorded right after we finished up episode 292, is already online. You can join the ranks of our supporters here.

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From the matches that actually ended up taking place last weekend, Mystic Sam got 6/11. This week, we have a challenger again: Mystic Nate.

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

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

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