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.

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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 288: Boca are almost champions; Arsenal are already relegated

The two hundred and eighty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés meet to discuss a weekend of Superliga action which saw the title race all but ended by Pablo Pérez’s 92nd minute winner for Boca Juniors against second placed Talleres. Why did he argue with Boca’s fans immediately afterwards? Why didn’t Carlos Tevez play that game? These are among the questions we answer. Elsewhere, River Plate’s resurgence continues – the giants are now just two points off the Copa Sudamericana places, a situation that would have seemed unthinkable a few weeks ago. And we bid farewell, for the moment at least, to Arsenal de Sarandí’s participation in the top flight of Argentine football; they were relegated after Patronato’s 3-0 win against Rosario Central on Sunday.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Ahmed 8-5. Next up for some prediction punishment is Mystic Jimmy.

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

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

Episode 286: The gap at the top shrinks a little, Scocco shines again, and Argentina gear up

The two hundred and eighty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan and Andrés to look back on a weekend of Superliga action which saw the gap at the top close to six points after Boca Junior could only draw following Talleres’ victory. That sets things up nicely for the resumption of hostilities after the international break, when Talleres visit Boca. Elsewhere, Racing thrashed Patronato and River Plate, fresh from their Supercopa win, deservedly beat Belgrano 3-1, with Nacho Scocco coming off the bench to score twice. Should he still be a sub? Finally, we discuss the Argentine national team, and how Jorge Sampaoli will be approaching their two upcoming friendlies.

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Episode 284: A weekend of shocks, and a new Argentina squad

The two hundred and eighty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of Superliga action which was full of surprise results: from Arsenal de Sarandí winning a game against, well, anybody on Friday evening, to Argentinos Juniors playing Boca Juniors off the park and claiming a 2-0 victory over the league leaders on Monday night. One shock result that didn’t happen was a win for River Plate, who have a potentially huge couple of games coming up. Racing, meanwhile, might be paying Jorge Sampaoli to come and watch them these days … and speaking of Sampaoli, we have some thoughts on his latest Argentina squad.

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Last week, Mystic Sam won the prediction battle against Mystic Paul 5-3. This week, Mystic Liam steps up to the plate.

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

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