Episode 290: the relegation race is settled, but is the title race back on … again?

The two hundred and ninetieth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Peter and Andrés to look back on a weekend of Superliga action in which the remaining three relegation spots were all decided, and the title race one last breath of life given to it thanks to Godoy Cruz’s sixth consecutive win and Boca Juniors’ second consecutive defeat. River Plate’s efficient form continues, and we look at why Vélez Sarsfield have become so much harder to beat under Gabriel Heinze, even though they’re still winning barely any matches.

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Mystic Sam was beaten 8-5 by Mystic WaywardfromHayward last week. This week, he takes on Mystic Liam.

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

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

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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 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 258: Two runners left in the title race, and the relegation battle hots up

The two hundred and fifty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod comes after a weekend in which the relegation battle became significantly more heated, with most of the sides in or near the drop zone winning (in some cases significantly against expectations). Sam, English Dan and Andrés consider the weekend’s key moments, and also look at a title race which is increasingly looking like a straight sprint between leaders Boca Juniors and second placed River Plate. We also have a roundup of all the Copa Libertadores groups, which come to an end this week, and in a HOP first, a head-to-head in this week’s mystical predictions!

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Last week, Mystic Sam got 6/15. This week, we have two guest predictors!

Mystic Liam’s predictions
Aldosivi v Independiente
Colón v Gimnasia
Banfield v Temperley
Newell’s v Olimpo
Huracán v Boca
San Martín v Sarmiento
Racing v San Lorenzo
Defensa y Justicia v Tigre
Arsenal v Lanús
Talleres v Atlético Tucumán
River v Central
Atlético de Rafaela v Belgrano
Patronato v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v Unión
Vélez v Quilmes

Mystic Chris’s predictions
Aldosivi v Independiente
Colón v Gimnasia
Banfield v Temperley
Newell’s v Olimpo
Huracán v Boca
San Martín v Sarmiento
Racing v San Lorenzo
Defensa y Justicia v Tigre
Arsenal v Lanús
Talleres v Atlético Tucumán
River v Central
Atlético de Rafaela v Belgrano
Patronato v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v Unión
Vélez v Quilmes

Episode 207: We are five! Previewing Argentina v Brazil with Tim Vickery

Episode 207 of Hand Of Pod is a very special one, because on Friday we turn five years old. Sam is joined for the celebration by Andrés, English Dan, Peter and very special guest Tim Vickery, who’s flown down from Rio de Janeiro specially for the occasion. Entirely coincidentally to Tim’s visit (honest), on Thursday night Argentina host Brazil in World Cup qualifying, so after a review of last weekend’s most important league action – which saw Nueva Chicago relegated in spite of an impressive win over Quilmes – and a discussion about our team of the championship, we move on to previewing Argentina v Brazil. There’s plenty of chat throughout about the differences between football in the two countries, from the trends in management (Argentina good, Brazil bad) to player development, in which it seems both countries have something of an imbalance in very different ways. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s predictions for Argentina’s two upcoming WCQs:
Two draws

Episode 180: Four joint-leaders, River up against it and a trip to Temperley

The hundred and eightieth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés joined by new boy Remi, who brings a continental European air of sophistication (and a typically Dutch manner of speaking against received wisdom) to the podcast. We discuss the results over the weekend which led to Boca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo and Rosario Central to all be tied on 21 points at the top, look at an emotional clásico del Sur in which Lanús beat Banfield 2-1, and explain how River Plate were up against it in the Copa Libertadores as we recorded (we returned afterwards to let you know how that turned out). Remi also tells us about his visit to Temperley on Friday, where he watched the hosts beat Colón 2-1. This week’s history section is a tribute to Uruguayan journalist, historian and football writer Eduardo Galeano, who died on Monday. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s tenth round predictions (last week: 5/15)
Estudiantes v Central
Sarmiento v Arsenal
Huracan v Tigre
DyJ v Temperley
Independiente v Argentinos
Vélez v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Crucero del Norte
Chicago v Racing
Aldosivi v San Lorenzo
River v Banfield
San Martín v Olimpo
Lanús v Boca
Quilmes v Unión
Colón v Atlético de Rafaela
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz