Episode 326: Still neck and neck at the top, and previewing the Avellaneda clásico

In the three hundred and twenty sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss an interesting weekend of action which saw Tigre win their first game under Néstor Gorosito, and victories for both of the top two (Racing and Defensa y Justicia), who remain neck and neck with six games to go and that tantalising clash between them in the Cilindro on the final weekend. River were held and Boca Juniors won and then lost, and we announce the lucky winner of the six-month free Fanatiz subscription prize draw.

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Episode 325: Quintero scores a stunner, Defensa go joint top, and welcoming our new sponsors

In the three hundred and twenty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Andrés, Tony and English Dan have some exciting news: HOP is now sponsored by Fanatiz, and as well offering HOP listeners 20% off their first three months with the code ‘hopfz’, they’re also giving you the chance to win a six-month subscription entirely free! One lucky listener will win the prize, but you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out how. We look back on a weekend which saw River beat Racing with a stonking Juanfer Quintero free kick, allowing Defensa y Justicia’s 95th-minute winner over Argentinos Juniors to send them joint top. We also look at Argentina’s overall Sudamericano Sub 20 performance, and answer some listeners’ questions.

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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 323: Racing maintain their lead, Argentina U20s progress, and Almirón to Newcastle

In the three hundred and twenty-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Andrés are joined by Jon Arnold, who tells us a bit about his impressions of football in Argentina and Uruguay during his holiday. We discuss the first full weekend of Superliga action in 2019, which saw Racing maintain their three-point lead over Defensa y Justicia at the top, and River lose yet again. And we have a few words on new Newcastle United record signing Miguel Almirón, who we saw during his time at Lanús and who Jon has been enjoying for the last two years in MLS.

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Episode 317: Racing open up a gap at the top, and the Libertadores final second leg awaits

In the three hundred and seventeenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of action which saw a five-goal thriller in the Tucumán clásico that helped Racing open up a five-point lead at the top of the Superliga going into the last weekend before the summer break. We also preview the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors – again …

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Episode 313: Reviewing the superclásico, and more wins for Racing and Aldosivi

In episode three hundred and thirteen of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and English Dan to discuss River Plate’s 2-0 win over Boca Juniors in Sunday’s superclásico, as well as yet another win for Racing, who remain top of the league, and more success for Aldosivi, who are enjoying a fine start to life back in the top flight.

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Last week, Mystic WaywardfromHayward thrashed Mystic Sam, 7-4. This week, two listeners sent predictions in, so they’re playing each other, and Mystic Sam is taking the week off. They’ve largely duplicated each others’ picks, so this might not be a thrilling matchup. As Liam says, by the way, Rosario Central v San Martín de San Juan is postponed.

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

Mystic Liam
Independiente v Tigre
Lanús v River
San Lorenzo v Atlético Tucumán
Central P-P San Martín (SJ)
Estudiantes v Newell’s
Argentinos v Racing
Patronato v Talleres
Unión v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Huracán
Boca v Colón
Godoy Cruz v Defensa y Justicia
Vélez v Aldosivi
San Martín (T) v Banfield

Episode 311: A quietly successful mini tour for the national team, and a Copa Argentina roundup

In the three hundred and eleventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés give a quick roundup of the Copa Argentina, before taking a deep dive into the lukewarm pool of the national team, whose two clean sheets against Guatemala and Colombia – with two different goalkeepers! – were arguably the brightest thing about their first two games under caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni.

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No one challenged Mystic Sam this week, so here are his predictions for the fifth round of Superliga action.
Estudiantes v Aldosivi
Atlético Tucumán v Tigre
Independiente v Colón
River v San Martín de San Juan
Belgrano v Newell’s
Argentinos v Boca
Patronato v Gimnasia
Vélez v San Martín de Tucumán
Unión v Talleres
Lanús v Racing
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
Huracán v Banfield
Central v Defensa y Justicia