Arsenal vs Defensa y Justicia
Arsenal are getting worse game after game. Last Wednesday, the team produced a terrible performance and were thrashed by Rosario Central 4-0 away. It was their fifth consecutive winless league game, including one draw and four defeats (two of them under recently-appointed boss Israel Damonte). As a result, the team are now bottom-placed in the Liga Profesional’s table on five points (they also occupy the last spot in the 2021 aggregate rankings with 17 points in 21 rounds).
Defensa y Justicia continue to improve after an irregular start. Last Wednesday, the team managed a 2-0 home success over Newell’s Old Boys thanks to goals from Gabriel Hachen and Francisco Pizzini. That means they are on three league games unbeaten, winning two and drawing one to make it 11 points in the Liga Profesional. On the other hand, El Halcon are without a win in their last 12 away matches in domestic action: four stalemates and eight losses since beating Union Santa Fe 3-1 in December 2020.
Arsenal has by far the worst defense of the league with 18 goals conceded in 7 games, Defensa has a decent attack with 11 goals scored, so I have to expect an open game here.
BET: OVER 2.25 @ 1.90
Velez vs Godoy Cruz
Velez Sarsfield continue producing a poor campaign in the Liga Profesional. Last Wednesday, the team had to settle for a 1-1 away draw at Huracan to accumulate seven points, having claimed only one victory in eight matches (along with four stalemates and three defeats). However, they remain occupying one of the Copa Libertadores’ places thanks to their remarkable performance in the first semester.
Godoy Cruz are now on three league matches without a win (taking a single point in that time) as a result of their 2-1 home defeat to Union Santa Fe last Thursday. Sebastian Mendez’s men have produced an irregular campaign so far, accumulating ten points. That means they are sharing the penultimate spot of the relegation table with Huracan (only above bottom-placed Platense). Furthermore, El Tomba also lost their last two away matches in this competition (to Colon and Lanus).
Huge quality difference between these two teams, even if Velez has been struggling so far this season. Godoy Cruz will several important players who are injured: Nelson Acevedo, Elias Lopez, Guillermo Ortiz and Matias Ramirez will miss out again, as well as Nicolas Sanchez, who arrived from Mexican side Monterrey with a knee problem, so I expect a home win.
BET: Velez -0.75 @ 1.88
Aldosivi vs Lanus
Aldosivi saw their four-match unbeaten run of three victories and one draw in the Liga Profesional coming to an end last Thursday, when the team were dominated from beginning to end and lost 2-0 at River Plate. That defeat dropped them down to the 23rd place in the relegation table. However, Fernando Gago’s men are producing a good campaign in this competition, accumulating 13 points.
Lanus are now one of the league leaders on 16 points (level with Talleres and Estudiantes) thanks to their 2-0 home success over Gimnasia LP last Wednesday, when Jose Lopez and Angel Gonzalez found the back of the net. Luis Zubeldia’s men lost only one of their last five league matches, winning three and drawing one to become one of the table toppers and also approach the Copa Libertadores’ places in the 2021 aggregate rankings.
Aldosivi is producing a very decent campaign but they will miss their most experienced defender, Fabricio Coloccini, and with a strong attack like Lanus has that could be a problem so I have to expect goals here.
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