Estudiantes vs Boca
Estudiantes secured their second consecutive victory in league action last Monday, when beating CA Central Cordoba 2-1 away thanks to goals from Francisco Apaolaza and Gustavo Del Prete. Therefore, El Pincha made it nine points from 15 on offer and also returned to one of the Copa Libertadores’ spots in the aggregate table, leapfrogging San Lorenzo and Racing Club.
Boca Juniors are yet to win in the Liga Profesional after their 1-1 home stalemate against Argentinos Juniors in an intense game last Sunday. El Xeneize accumulated only four points in five rounds so far, which places them five points below the last Copa Libertadores’ spot in the aggregate table. In fact, Miguel Angel Russo’s men are on eight league matches without a win (six draws and two defeats in regular time). On away turf, they haven’t won any of the last four in this competition, with three draws and one loss since beating Huracan 2-0 in April. Playmaker Edwin Cardona is suspended after seeing a red card against Argentinos Juniors.
Can’t see why this solid Estudiantes is almost an underdog at home against this terrible Boca that still couldn’t win this season, so I have to go with the hosts.
BET: Estudiantes DNB @ 1.86
Racing Club vs Newell’s
Racing Club succumbed to their first defeat in the Liga Profesional last Sunday, when losing the city derby against Independiente 1-0 away. They wasted the chance of becoming league leaders and now the team remain on eight points, three behind their arch-rivals. Furthermore, the loss dropped them out of the Copa Libertadores’ places in the aggregate table. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi left the club a day after the game.
Thanks to Ignacio Scocco’s strike in the 86th minute, Newell’s Old Boys managed a hard-fought 1-0 home success over Platense last time out. As a result, they made it three matches without defeat (two victories and one draw) to accumulate ten points in five rounds and climb into third spot in the Liga Profesional’s table.
Racing lost their big derby, their coach is gone and they’ve been playing bad lately so this tough Newell’s should be a problem for them.
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