Episode 216: Reviewing the superclásico and an awful lot of goals elsewhere

The two hundred and sixteenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and Fede look back on a rather underwhelming superclásico which nonetheless gave us plenty to talk about – largely because we’ve now seen Guillermo Barros Schelotto in charge of Boca Juniors for a week (they play away to Bolívar in the altitude of La Paz in the Copa Libertadores tonight). If River v Boca was one of the lowlights of the weekend, though, there was plenty of entertainment elsewhere: previously winless Tigre hitting five past hitherto impressive Atlético Tucumán; nine goals in a crazy match in Santa Fe between Unión and Racing; Defensa y Justicia winning 5-1 away to Argentinos Juniors and many more goals besides. All this and more in just an hour and a quarter. Enjoy!

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Mystic Harry’s seventh round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 5/15)
Racing v Lanús
Newell’s v Atlético de Rafaela
Olimpo v Belgrano
DyJ v Huracán
Banfield v Independiente
San Martín v Tigre
San Lorenzo v Arsenal
Temperley v Argentinos
Patronato v Central
Estudiantes v Gimnasia
Atlético Tucumán v Aldosivi
Colón v River
Sarmiento v Godoy Cruz
Boca v Unión
Vélez v Quilmes


Episode 161: A look at Argentina’s friendlies and River extend their lead

In the hundred and sixty-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on Argentina’s two recent friendlies in China – in Beijing against Brazil and in Hong Kong against Hong Kong (although neither of us saw the latter). We explain why the AFA won’t be getting any money themselves from the Hong Kong match, before looking at the weekend’s Primera action, which saw River Plate emerge as the big winners – other sides stumbling, combined with River’s 1-0 win away to Newell’s Old Boys, means the champions have a four point lead at the top of the table. We also belatedly preview this weekend’s Rosario clásico between Central and Newell’s, among much more.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s twelfth round predictions
Gimnasia v Olimpo
Quilmes v Atlético de Rafaela
Banfield v Estudiantes
San Lorenzo v Independiente
Defensa y Justicia v Lanús
Central v Newell’s
Racing v Vélez
River v Belgrano
Godoy Cruz v Boca
Tigre v Arsenal

Episode 160: A very wet superclásico, Lanús keep the pressure on & Tigre’s revival continues

The hundred and sixtieth episode of Hand Of Pod is a chance for Sam, Andrés and Peter to review Sunday’s superclásico, in which River Plate and Boca Juniors played out a 1-1 draw in an extremely wet Estadio Monumental. A poor refereeing performance, a farcical pitch and, above all, an awful lot of rain were on the agenda for Sam (who was lucky enough to be there), whilst the others enjoyed it from the warmer and drier surroundings of their sofas. Elsewhere, Tigre made it three league wins out of three under Gustavo Alfaro, Lanús kept the pressure on River at the top of the table by beating Rosario Central, and Independiente’s good run continued with a highly entertaining 2-2 draw away to Godoy Cruz. All this and some typically interesting listeners’ questions are right here. Enjoy!

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Mystic Sam’s eleventh round predictions
Tigre v Gimnasia
Lanús v Godoy Cruz
Vélez v Olimpo
Belgrano v Quilmes
Estudiantes v Racing
Atlético de Rafaela v Banfield
Independiente v Defensa y Justicia
Boca v Central
Newell’s v River
Arsenal v San Lorenzo

Episode 157: Rain halting play, Tigre turning form round and a dull La Plata clásico

The hundred and fifty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés beging with a look back at Sunday evening, when one-and-a-third matches (the last half hour of Boca v Racing, and the whole of Arsenal v River) were called off due to some ‘orrible weather in (Greater) Buenos Aires throughout the day. We wish good luck to Jonás Gutiérrez in his fight against testicular cancer, and look back on the matches last weekend which actually did get played; Independiente have gone joint second, along with Newell’s Old Boys, whilst Vélez Sarsfield have slumped somewhat in recent weeks. Oh, and we also have the Dwarf Priest of La Plata to talk about, as we look back on one La Plata clásico (in the Copa Sudamericana on Tuesday) and forward to another (in the league on Saturday).

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s eighth round previews
Quilmes v Lanús
Estudiantes v Gimnasia
Olimpo v Belgrano
Vélez v Atlético de Rafaela
Godoy Cruz v Tigre
Central v Arsenal
Banfield v Boca
River v Independiente
Defensa y Justicia v San Lorenzo
Racing v Newell’s

Episode 136: a thirteen team title race and more

In episode 136 of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Peter, Andrés and some bloke called Joel who wandered in wanting to record discuss last weekend’s Torneo Final action. There are thirteen teams within six points of the top after half the championship has been played, and in spite of an unexpectedly thrilling defeat to All Boys, River Plate are one of them. Boca Juniors are also up there, also in spite of themselves, whilst the table is still lead, oddly, by Colón (who before this episode was uploaded, beat Tigre 1-0 to ensure they’ll be joint top for another week on Friday night). Circumstances prevented this one being edited and uploaded before early Saturday morning, but it was recorded on Wednesday evening.

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Episode 132: The champs are up and running, Boca’s Riquelme-reliance, trouble at River and more

In the hundred-and-thirty-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by English Dan, Peter and Rob, and we discuss not one but two rounds of league action, with the third round having been played in midweek. San Lorenzo have started looking like the defending champions with back-to-back victories, Estudiantes have started with three straight wins to top the table early on, Racing look like… well, Racing, and it’s been a poor week for Boca Juniors. River Plate are in hot water over another security issue at the Estadio Monumental, and Tigre manager Fabián Alegre might be our new favourite manager. Oh, and Ricardo Caruso Lombardi’s back. All this and much more…

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

Episode 101: some awful refereeing, an enthralling title race and the return of Mystic Dan

The hundred-and-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan welcome Joel back from his holiday, and the three are joined by Santiago again. We’re also reunited with Australian Dan, making a brief return to say hello and to resurrect Mystic Dan as a late marker of HOP’s 100th edition last week. We talk about some major refereeing controversies in four different matches at the weekend, the tightening title race (the top two are now level, and third placed River Plate are just two points further back) and ask whether Boca Juniors might be gradually showing signs of life, as well as Argentina’s representatives in the Copa Libertadores, the knockout stage of which began on Wednesday evening as this episode was being uploaded. Enjoy.

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