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.

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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 112: Previewing the 2013 Torneo Inicial

The hundred-and-twelfth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Santiago reviewing the couple of weeks of transfer activity that have followed episode 111, and previewing the 2013 Torneo Inicial. First, we answer the question on everyone’s lips: ‘What is a Gerardo Martino, and why has it been chosen to manage FC Barcelona?’ after which we get into the important stuff. You know – the domestic stuff. Who have been the winners and losers in terms of players out and in? Which club have decided to get around restrictions on non-Argentine players by, erm, completely ignoring said restrictions? Can Boca possibly do any worse than they did in the first six months of the year? And how have the AFA managed to make twats of themselves since you last heard from us? Step this way, and we’ll fill you in.

As ever, you’ll find Mystic Sam’s predictions below. If you’re an Apple fan/tolerator, you can click here to subscribe to us on iTunes, and if you  want to find out how Mystic Sam does (almost) as the weekend unfolds, you can follow us on Twitter. Please. We’ll love you forever.

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

Episode 111: Newell’s pain, AFA indecision and some winter transfer talk

The hundred-and-eleventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Santi meet for a mid-winter fernet and to discuss Newell’s Old Boys’ exit from the Copa Libertadores, the AFA’s bizarre decisions regarding the validity of championships won both this year and back in 1936, violence at Independiente, where the club president was attacked by the barra brava a couple of weeks ago, and various winter break transfer issues. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be back to preview the 2013 Torneo Inicial.

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