Argentinos Jrs vs Banfield
Argentinos Juniors have been winless in their last three league matches (taking only two points in that span) following their 1-1 away draw at Boca Juniors last Sunday. After the first five rounds in the Liga Profesional, the team accumulated six points, which means they remain out of the continental spots in the aggregate table. On a positive note, Gabriel Milito’s men are unbeaten in their last seven home matches in this competition, winning four and drawing three in that time.
Banfield’s seven-match unbeaten streak of three victories and four draws in league action came to an end last Saturday, when the team succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to Talleres in an even match. As a result, the team remain on six points in the first five rounds. On a positive note, El Taladro haven’t lost any of their last five matches on away turf, registering two victories and three draws in that stretch.
Banfield lost last week but they´ve been a surprise so far, not playing really well but looking more solid than I expected. Argentinos has been equally irregular, so I expect a tight match here where the visitors should be able to take something.
BET: Banfield +0.25 @ 1.87
Rosario Central vs Independiente
Rosario Central are on three consecutive defeats in league action after their 1-0 away loss at newly-promoted side Sarmiento last time out, when coach Cristian Gonzalez decided to pick an alternative XI. As a result, El Canalla remain on three points in the Liga Profesional, having lost four games in five rounds. Those points were grabbed at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, where Central beat Velez Sarsfield 1-0 and lost to Aldosivi 2-1 so far in this competition. On Tuesday 10, the team lost 4-3 against Red Bull Bragantino (Brazil) at home in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana’s quarter-finals. Lucas Gamba is still a doubt due to his muscle issues. An alternative XI is expected for Saturday.
Independiente beat arch-rivals Racing Club 1-0 at home last Sunday thanks to a goal from striker Silvio Romero in the second half. El Rojo are now on 11 points, one above Lanus and Newell’s Old Boys. The victory also allowed them to climb into one of the Copa Libertadores’ spots in the 2021 aggregate table. On away turf, Julio Falcioni’s men are on five matches unbeaten in league action, winning two and drawing three in regular time.
Independiente got a morale boost last weekend after winning the derby against Racing, and they should be able to win and retake the first place of the league against a Rosario Central that will use a mixed lineup due to their upcoming midweek game at Brazil.
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