Episode 314: Racing extend their lead, River advance to the Libertadores semis and more

The three hundred and fourteenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Tony to discuss a weekend on which there was less football than normal, due to a rainstorm which resulted in only one match being played on Saturday. Racing won that game to extend their Superliga lead (pending Atlético Tucumán’s game in hand), while Boca returned to winning ways and River’s reserves tonked Lanús, before beating Independiente 3-1 on Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores. We also have a look at Lionel Scaloni’s latest Argentina squad. HOP will be a little less frequent for the next few weeks, because Sam is going on holiday, but we’ll still have occasional episodes, and normal service will be resumed towards the end of November.

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Last week, Mystic Lee and Mystic Liam drew 5-5. This week, as Sam won’t be totting the scores up next time out, he’s predicting on his own. Here are his picks for this weekend (Huracán v Argentinos and River v San Martín de San Juan are postponed due to the start of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this weekend).

Aldosivi v San Martín de Tucumán
Gimnasia v Godoy Cruz
San Martín de San Juan v Vélez
Patronato v Independiente
Banfield v San Lorenzo
Atlético Tucumán v Lanús
Rosario Central v Unión
Talleres v Belgrano
Racing v Boca
Tigre v Estudiantes
Colón v Newell’s

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Episode 308: Boca slip up, and Central take advantage

The three hundred and eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a weekend of Superliga action in which River Plate flattered to deceive, Boca Juniors lost and thus ended a long run of being top or joint top, and Edgardo Bauza’s Rosario Central got another 1-0 win thanks to a headed goal.

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Last week, Mystic Jimmy beat Mystic Sam 4-3. This week’s challenger is Mystic Laurence.

Mystic Laurence
Belgrano v Estudiantes
Patronato v Racing
Atl. Tucumán v Colón
Independiente v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Talleres
Tigre v San Martín de San Juan
River v Argentinos
Huracán v Boca
Vélez v Banfield
Lanús v Aldosivi
Central v San Martín de Tucumán
Godoy Cruz v Newell’s
Unión v San Lorenzo

Mystic Sam
Belgrao v Estudiantes
Patronato v Racing
Atl. Tucumán v Colón
Inependiente v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Talleres
Tigre v San Martín de San Juan
River v Argentinos
Huracán v Boca
Vélez
v Banfield
Lanús v Aldosivi
Central v San Martín de Tucumán
Godoy Cruz v Newell’s
Unión v San Lorenzo

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

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

Episode 279: Boca pull clear, River in crisis and Unión keep up the good form

Episode 279 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés meet to discuss the opening weekend of football in Argentina in 2018, which included a Talleres win over San Lorenzo, giving Boca Juniors the chance to open a six-point gap at the top of the Superliga table – a chance the champions took in beating Colón. River Plate lost away to Huracán and, more worryingly, showed no signs of having adapted their gameplan over the summer break. Unión continue their fine form of 2017, and are now third, while Gabriel Heinze’s spell at Vélez Sarsfield got off to a good start with a 1-0 away win over Defensa y Justicia. Newell’s Old Boys almost suffered the indignity of dropping points to Arsenal de Sarandí, but were bailed out at the last minute.

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Last week, Mystic Simon beat Mystic Sam 7-5 in the prediction battle. This week, Sam’s all on his own. Here are his picks for this weekend’s games.

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

Episode 214: San Lorenzo and River still can’t defend, and are Boca back on track?

Episode 214 of Hand Of Pod is short but sweet, as Sam and Andrés take you through the last week in Argentine football. There are some entertaining matches to discuss, with San Lorenzo’s 3-2 win over Vélez Sarsfield and River Plate’s 3-3 draw away to Rosario Central the highlights – though Boca Juniors’ 4-1 win at home to Newell’s Old Boys is also a topic of conversation, and Colón’s unbeaten start to the campaign came spectacularly undone with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Godoy Cruz in Mendoza. The clásico de Avellaneda was a desperately dull match until the last few minutes, so we don’t waste too much time talking about it. The Copa Libertadores group stage has begun, but until we’ve seen another few matches it’s a little early to comment on that yet.

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Mystic Roberto’s predictions (last week Liam Harrison got 5/14)
Newell’s v Unión
Banfield v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v Argentinos
Sarmiento v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v Aldosivi
Huracán v San Lorenzo
Patronato v Belgrano
Colón v Central
Atlético Tucumán v Atlético de Rafaela
Olimpo v Arsenal
Racing v Boca
San Martín v Lanús
Vélez v Gimnasia
Temperley v Tigre
River v Independiente

Episode 213: Boca, Newell’s and Vélez find their feet as others stumble

Episode 213 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan look back on two rounds of fixtures during which Boca Juniors almost lost a manager but ultimately kept him, and found their first win of the new year thanks to a goal from Carlos Tevez. As well as Boca, Newell’s Old Boys and Vélez Sarsfield also both look rather better now than they did a couple of weeks ago, which makes Boca v Newell’s a particularly interesting fixture this weekend. Newell’s revival came in the form of a 5-0 tonking of Racing days after being played off the pitch by Central in the clásico rosarino, and Central are one of four clubs who’ve recorded three wins out of three (Aldosivi have a chance to do the same, but haven’t done yet because Huracán’s last two matches were postponed). This episode is later in the week than normal, but join us again next week, when we’ll be back to our normal schedule.

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Mystic Liam Harrison’s round 4 predictions (last week Liam Kelly got 4/14 for round 2)
Arsenal v Sarmiento
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley
Belgrano v Banfield
Boca v Newell’s
Aldosivi v Estudiantes
Independiente v Racing
Tigre v DyJ
Godoy Cruz v Colón
Lanús v Atlético Tucumán
Quilmes v Patronato
Central v River
San Lorenzo v Vélez
Unión v San Martín
Gimnasia v Olimpo
Argentinos v Huracan