Rosario Central vs Aldosivi
After four consecutive defeats in league action, Rosario Central managed a point on their visit to arch-rivals Newell’s Old Boys following a 1-1 draw in an intense derby last Sunday. As a result of that terrible streak, Cristian Gonzalez’s men are now bottom-placed in the league table, having accumulated only four points in seven matches. At home, El Canalla beat Velez Sarsfield 1-0 in round two and lost their last two games (to Aldosivi and Independiente). On a positive note, all regulars are fit to host Sarandi Arsenal on Wednesday.
Coach Israel Damonte had a disappointing debut at Sarandi Arsenal last Saturday, when his team lost 3-0 at home to Racing Club. The side are now on four league matches without a win, having taken a single point in that stretch, and remain on five points in this tournament, sitting in the penultimate spot (only above their next opponents). In fact, they have been the worst team in the 2021 season, accumulating only 17 points in 20 matches. On away turf, Arsenal are on four consecutive losses in domestic action since beating Defensa y Justicia 1-0 in April.
Rosario Central finally showed some signs of recovery last weekend when they played a good game and drew in the derby vs Newell’s, so if they are going to win a game again it has to be at home against this very poor Arsenal.
BET: Rosario Central -0.5 @ 1.85
Defensa y Justicia vsNewell’s
Defensa y Justicia put up a good fight away at league leaders Independiente last Friday to secure a scoreless draw. Sebastian Beccacece’s men have been improving lately: they lost only one of their last five league matches, having won two and drawn two to make it eight points in the Liga Profesional. Furthermore, El Halcon are on two consecutive victories at their own stadium, having beaten Gimnasia LP and Sarmiento.
Newell’s Old Boys registered a 1-1 home draw in the city derby against Rosario Central last Sunday. Even though the fans should have felt disappointed, La Lepra are experiencing a positive run in general terms: they won two and drew two of the last five, only losing to Racing Club in that stretch. Therefore, Fernando Gamboa’s men accumulated 11 points to occupy 11th place in the league table. On a sorry note, Newell’s managed a single point from the last 15 on offer on away turf in league action (since beating Lanus 3-1 in April). Striker Jonathan Cristaldo succumbed to a muscle problem in the derby against Rosario Central and will miss out. Maximiliano Rodriguez and Julian Fernandez remain sidelined.
Defensa is strong at home and they should take advantage of a Newell’s with some important missing.
BET: Defensa y Justicia -0.25 @ 1.95
Huracan vs Velez
Huracan are now bottom-placed in the relegation table following their 1-1 away draw at Godoy Cruz last Saturday, when Jonathan Candia missed a penalty in the second half. El Globo have been winless in their last six league matches (four stalemates and two losses) to accumulate seven points in the Liga Profesional. Three of those winless games took place at Estadio Tomas Adolfo Duco: Huracan drew two and lost one. Enrique Triverio, Raul Lozano, Jose Moya and Fabian Henriquez are still recovering from their respective injuries and will miss out.
After three draws and three defeats, Velez Sarsfield celebrated their first victory in the Liga Profesional last Saturday, when beating Lanus 5-1 at home following an enjoyable performance. Thanks to that victory, El Fortin made it six points in this tournament and climbed into second spot in the 2021 aggregate table, holding onto one of the Copa Libertadores places.
Velez finally got out of the slump they were in last weekend with a big win against Lanus, and now with more confidence they should take the 3 points against a poor Huracan.
BET: Velez -0.25 @ 1.82