Episode 242: Teo gonna Teo, River slump and Estudiantes still lead

The two hundred and forty-second episode of Hand Of Pod brings together Sam and Andrés to talk about a weekend in which the football was overshadowed in many press pages by Teo Gutiérrez once again being Teo Gutiérrez. The Rosario Central forward was sent off for his goal celebration during a 1-1 draw in La Bombonera. Elsewhere, River Plate lost 1-0 away to Newell’s Old Boys, and there are rumours beginning that Marcelo Gallardo could leave the club if he fails to bring home the Copa Argentina (the semi-finals of which will be played next week). Estudiantes still lead the league, and have found a replacement for injured goalkeeper Mariano Andújar at last, while the relegation situation is beginning to clarify a little even with twenty games still to go (we’re sticking our necks out now and saying Atlético de Rafaela will go down). There’s also news about the television rights negotiations.

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Mystic Michael’s eleventh round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 4/14)
Temperley v Lanús
Talleres v Arsenal
Colón v Newell’s
Tigre v Quilmes
Banfield v Estudiantes
Atl. Tucumán v Belgrano
Rosario Central v Olimpo
River v Huracán
Aldosivi v Vélez
Sarmiento v Godoy Cruz
San Lorenzo v Boca
Racing v Independiente
Defensa y Justicia v Patronato
Gimnasia v Unión
San Martín v Atl. Rafaela

Episode 115: Big Five all lose for the first time ever & Argentinos are getting a nosebleed

It was an historic weekend in Argentina; for the first time ever, all of the Big Five – River Plate, Boca Juniors, Racing, Independiente and San Lorenzo – lost in the same round of matches. So inevitably, this week’s Hand Of Pod, which features Sam and English Dan, focusses on the grandes and their varying states of disarray, with both Avellaneda clubs having fired their managers (since our recording, Omar De Felippe has been confirmed as new Independiente boss). We also consider with incredulity the fact that Ricardo Caruso Lombardi’s Argentinos Juniors are still up near the top of the table, and have exclusive not-live coverage of the second half of Newell’s Old Boys v Gimnasia La Plata, which was being played as we were recording.

As usual, Mystic Sam’s predictions for the coming weekend are below. And don’t forget you can subscribe to HOP on iTunes by clicking here.

Mystic Sam’s fifth round predictions
Newell’s v Estudiantes
Tigre v Quilmes
All Boys v Racing
Gimnasia v Godoy Cruz
Colón v Central
Boca v Vélez
San Lorenzo v River
Arsenal v Argentinos
Belgrano v Rafaela
Lanús v Olimpo

Episode 114: Teo Gutiérrez’s never-ending transfer saga, Argentinos leading the way & more

We’re only three rounds into the season, but all the same it’s a little bizarre to be looking at a league table and seeing Argentinos Juniors on top of it. In the hundred and fourteenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Santiago sings the praises of their manager Ricardo Caruso Lombardi, Sam continues to get exasperated by River Plate’s eternal struggles to get Teo Gutiérrez registered to play, and Joel is the usual voice of calm reason. We also consider Boca Juniors’ and Estudiantes de La Plata’s improvement, why Rosario Central haven’t yet lived up to the promise of the opening weekend, and how much trouble Luis Zubeldía is in at Racing, as well as Gerardo Martino’s barely acceptable start as Barcelona manager. Listeners’ questions include whether Lionel Messi really needs to win a World Cup before he’ll be considered better than Diego Maradona.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s predictions are right below, and you can subscribe to us on iTunes if you haven’t already by clicking here.

Mystic Sam’s fourth round predictions
Belgrano v Gimnasia
Rafaela v Newell’s
Racing v Arsenal
Vélez v Lanús
Central v Godoy Cruz
Argentinos v Tigre
Olimpo v All Boys
River v Colón
Estudiantes v Boca
Quilmes v San Lorenzo

And in the remaining second round match (to be played on Tuesday)…
Newell’s v Gimnasia

Episode 113: reviewing the first two rounds of the season

Episode 113 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Joel review the first two rounds of the 2013 Torneo Inicial, in which we’ve learned that River Plate still have a lot of improving to do, Boca Juniors’ defence might be as bad as it was during the first half of the year, and San Lorenzo could well be the team to beat this term. There have been mixed showings from Godoy Cruz and Rosario Central among others, and Mystic Sam has had an equally turbulent time; from 7/9 in the first round to 2/9 in the second. His predictions for round 3 – and for Boca Juniors v Newell’s Old Boys in the postponed first round match – are towards the end of the pod, as usual.

You’ll find a written record of Mystic Sam’s latest predictions below, as usual. Don’t forget you can follow Hand Of Pod on Twitter, and subscribe to us on iTunes.

Mystic Sam’s predictions
Newell’s v Boca

Arsenal v Olimpo
Colón v Quilmes
Gimnasia v Central
San Lorenzo v Argentinos
Newell’s v Belgrano
Tigre v Racing
Boca v Rafaela
Godoy Cruz v River
All Boys v Vélez
Lanús v Estudiantes

Episode 58: A gun-toting striker, fistfights with fans, racist t-shirts and much more besides

The fifty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod is a bumper edition. Not only do we have both Seba and Joel Richards on the same pod for the first time since their short-lived Enganche podcast with Sam four years ago (which spawned the idea for HOP when Sam moved to Buenos Aires), but Dan and Dan are both with us as well, and we’ve got plenty to discuss. Independiente thrashed Racing in the clásico on Saturday, after which Racing striker Teo Gutiérrez almost went postal, Boca Juniors players got into a fight with Tigre fans which left Santiago Silva with fractured fingers, San Martín v Vélez was called off with five minutes left, Racing and Godoy Cruz bade farewell to their managers, and River Plate fans courted controversy with some racist t-shirts. All this and more on the best Argentine football podcast around. Enjoy.

As usual Mystic Dan’s predictions for the coming weekend are below. Click here if you like us, and Apple, enough to subscribe to us on iTunes.

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