It will be a Saturday of super action in Argentine soccer, with the presence of three of the largest teams in the country on the field. Yes, River, Boca and also Independiente will play their respective games in search of recovery, after two draws last date.
While River will visit Arsenal at night given the proximity with its Argentina Cup clash this Wednesday 7 against Atlético Tucumán; Boca will receive Defense and Justice hours before since the Falcon de Varela will also have to face Palmeiras from Brazil in the middle of the week at home for the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana. Meanwhile, Independiente play this Saturday in the first shift is also due to his rival: Talleres, which on Wednesday will also have Argentina Cup action, against Velez for the 16th. final.
In Sarandí, Marcelo Gallardo’s men will seek to find their way in the competition after an irregular start, which has him out of qualifying positions for the second phase in Zone A with 11 points. El Millonario won only one of their last four games (0-1 with Argentinos, 1-1 with Boca, 6-1 against Godoy Cruz and 0-0 with Racing) and will have a good opportunity against Arsenal, which adds only one unit in the Cup and above it has seven players affected by coronavirus. In any case, in Núñez the sights are more set on the duel against the Tucumanos for the Argentine Cup since, if they advance, there will be Superclásico with their eternal rival in the second round.
For its part, Boca will seek to get away from the extra-football tremor that shook the club with the resignation of Mario Pergolini to the vice presidency. During yesterday, President Jorge Ameal and his second Juan Román Riquelme were seen in the Reserve party as a symbol of unity. The members of the media Council of Soccer, Marcelo Delgado, Jorge Bermúdez and Raúl Cascini were also there. Miguel Angel Russo’s team is also out of the second round for the moment, with 10 points in Zone B. Xeneize has equaled 1-1 with Independiente and has not won three (1-1 with River and 1- 2 with Workshops). In front, Sebastián Beccacece will go with his headlines despite the proximity of the Recopa. El Halcón has 11 units and comes from drawing 1-1 with Vélez.
Another who will try to raise his head is the Independiente de Julio Falcioni. After carrying five successes in a row, Red fell to Vélez (0-1) and leveled with Boca with the saving appearance of Uruguayan Sebastián Sosa on the epilogue to save a penalty. Second in Zone B with 13 points, Independiente will not make changes to visit Talleres, which has nine and comes from drawing 1-1 at home against Godoy Cruz.
The day will be completed with the simultaneous presentations of Gymnastics against Lanús, and Sarmiento against Atlético Tucumán. El Lobo (10 points in B) is hit by the pandemic, with a dozen players who tested positive, so it will have many youths among its ranks, such as the 19-year-old debutant goalkeeper Tomás Durso, who will replace Rodrigo Rey. Lanús (13), who has just beaten Patronato 4-2, will seek to take advantage of the situation and climb to the top of the group, at least until Vélez (16) receives Unión on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Sarmiento (7) will try to stretch his pleasant present after defeating Defense 3-1 and drawing without goals with Unión. For that Mario Sciacqua how much with the return of eleven footballers who were lost in recent weeks by covid-19. Opposite will be the Tucumanos of Omar De Felippe, who add six points and come from equaling 2-2 against Newell’s at the Monumental José Fierro.
Probable teams, time and TV of Saturday’s games
14.00 Talleres vs Independiente (FOX Sports Premium).
Workshops: Guido Herrera; Nahuel Tenaglia, Rafael Pérez, Piero Hincapié and Ángelo Martino; Juan Ignacio Méndez and Federico Navarro; Diego Valoyes, Franco Fragapane, Carlos Auzqui and Diego Valoyes; Mateo Retegui. DT: Alexander Medina.
Independent: Sebastián Sosa; Fabricio Bustos, Sergio Barreto, Juan Manuel Insaurralde, Ayrton Costa, Gastón Togni; Lucas Romero, Domingo Blanco; Sebastián Palacios, Nicolás Messiniti and Jonathan Menéndez. DT: Julio César Falcioni.
Referee: Ariel Penel.
16.15 LP Gimnasia vs Lanús (TNT Sports).
Gymnastics LP: Tomás Durso; Marcelo Weigandt, Maximiliano Coronel, Germán Guiffrey and Lucas Licht; Emanuel Cecchini and Matías Miranda; Brahian Alemán, Matías Pérez García and Johan Carbonero; Lucas Barrios. DT: Leandro Martini.
Lanús: Lautaro Morales; José Luis Gómez, Nicolás Burdisso, Alexis Pérez and Alexandro Bernabei; Facundo Pérez, Tomás Belmonte and Matías Esquivel; Lautaro Acosta, José Sand and Nicolás Orsini. DT: Luis Zubeldia.
16.15 Sarmiento vs Atlético Tucumán (FOX Sports Premium).
Sarmiento: Manuel Vicentini; Martin Garcia, Marcelo Herrera, Braian Salvareschi and Facundo Castet; Benjamín Borasi, Fausto Montero, Federico Bravo and Gabriel Alanís; Sergio Quiroga and Jonatan Torres. DT: Mario Sciacqua ?.
Atlético Tucumán: Christian Lucchetti; Agustín Lagos, Santiago Vergini, Guillermo Ortiz, Gabriel Risso Patron; Guillermo Acosta, Cristian Erbes, Nicolás Aguirre, Ramiro Carrera; Javier Toledo and Augusto Lotti. DT: Omar De Felippe.
Referee: Leandro Rey Hilfer.
18.30 Boca vs Defense and Justice (TNT Sports).
Mouth: Esteban Andrada; Nicolás Capaldo, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Izquierdoz, Marcos Rojo, Frank Fabra; Alan Varela, Campuzano / Medina / Almendra, Mauro Zárate; Sebastián Villa and Carlos Tevez. DT: Miguel Ángel Russo.
Defense: Ezequiel Unsain; Nestor Breitenbruch, Adonis Frías, Fernando Meza; Franco Paredes, Raúl Loaiza, Tomás Martínez / Valentín Larralde / Tomás Escalante, Marcelo Benítez, Francisco Pizzini, Walter Bou and Eugenio Isnaldo.
Referee: Fernando Echenique.
21.00 Arsenal vs River (FOX Sports Premium).
Arsenal: Alejandro Medina; Julián Navas, Ignacio Gariglio, Gastón Suso, Nicolás Castro or Ulises Abreliano; Jesús Soraire, Leonel Picco, Alejo Antilef; Alan Ruiz; Jhonatan Candia and Lucas Albertengo. DT: Sergio Rondina.
River: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel or Alex Vigo, Jonatan Maidana, Paulo Díaz, Fabrizio Angileri; Nicolás De La Cruz, Enzo Pérez, Agustín Palavecino; Julián Álvarez; Matías Suárez and Rafael Santos Borré.
Referee: Patricio Loustau.