Episode 328: Racing’s league lead remains at 3 points, and Scaloni welcomes Messi back for Argentina

The three-hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan to review a weekend on which the gap at the top remained at three points, with Racing and Defensa y Justicia the only realistic title hopefuls (and likely to be the only ones with even a mathematical chance by the end of the coming round). We also look back on Tuesday’s Copa Libertadores matches involving Argentine sides, and consider Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad – which was named after the pod was recorded, but which as expected marks the return of Lionel Messi to international football.

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Episode 324: a low-scoring weekend, and Argentina’s Sudamericano Sub 20 progress

The three hundred and twenty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan, Andrés and Tony to discuss a low-scoring weekend of Superliga action in which the title race remained much the same (Racing and Defensa y Justicia both won), Saturday was about as exciting as we told you last week it was going to be, and Patronato got their second win in a row (and fourth of the season). We also discuss Argentina’s Sudamericano Sub 20 performances, and answer listeners’ questions.

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This week, Mystic Sam has a challenger! Since the episode was recorded, it’s been announced that Colón v San Lorenzo won’t be played this week, due to an outbreak of suspected dengue fever in the Colón squad.

Mystic Lee
Tigre v Banfield
Huracán v Vélez
Lanús v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Patronato
Independiente v Unión
Atl.Tucumán v Talleres
Colón v San Lorenzo
Newell’s v Central
Godoy Cruz v San Martín (T)
River v Racing
Belgrano v Boca
Defensa v Argentinos
Aldosivi v San Martín (SJ)

Mystic Sam
Tigre v Banfield
Huracán v Vélez
Lanús v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Patronato
Independiente v Unión
Atl. Tucumán v Talleres
Colón v San Lorenzo
Newell’s v Central
Godoy Cruz v San Martín (T)
River v Racing
Belgrano v Boca
Defensa v Argentinos
Aldosivi v San Martín (SJ)

Episode 322: the Superliga is back, Emiliano Sala, and Argentina’s women want professionalism

The three hundred and twenty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan, Andrés and Tony to look back on the first two Superliga matches of 2019, as River Plate lost at home to Defensa y Justicia and ten-man San Lorenzo ground out a 0-0 draw at home to Huracán. We have a few words on Emiliano Sala after the news that his aircraft disappeared on Monday night, and discuss a developing disagreement between clubs, league and players in the Argentine women’s game which has seen appeals to make women’s football in Argentina professional.

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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

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.