Talleres vs Independiente
Even though coach Alexander Medina decided to rotate his players, Talleres still managed to beat Sarmiento 2-1 away last time out thanks to goals from the usual substitutes Diego Garcia and Jose Romero. Having won four and drawn two of their last seven league games (only losing at Gimnasia LP in that span), the team made it 46 points in the Liga Profesional’s table, occupying the second spot in this competition and having already qualified for the Copa Libertadores’ group stage in 2022. At home, Talleres has been almost perfect in this tournament, registering eight victories, two draws and a single defeat. On Wednesday 8, Talleres lost on penalties after a scoreless draw against Boca Juniors in the Copa Argentina final.
Meanwhile, Independiente has run out of chances to qualify for the next Copa Libertadores following their 1-1 home draw against San Lorenzo in a hard-fought game in round 24. The team claimed a single victory across their last four league games, along with one stalemate and two defeats. They earned 35 points in this league tournament and will participate in the Copa Sudamericana in 2022. Furthermore, El Rojo are on five away matches without a win, having drawn one and lost the last four.
Talleres must be hurt after losing the Copa Argentina final, but I can imagine they’ll try to secure the 2nd place and finish the season with a nice win for their fans against this poor Independiente.
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Defensa y Justicia vs Lanus
Defensa y Justicia continues improving game after game. Last time out, they managed a big success, beating River Plate (who had already secured the title) 3-2 away. As a result, El Halcon extended their unbeaten streak to 11 league matches (nine victories and two draws in that spell). El Halcon made it 44 points in the Liga Profesional and could even finish as runners up in this competition if they beat Lanus and Talleres don’t win over Independiente. Defensa also secured their ticket to the Copa Sudamericana in the last game. At home, they haven’t lost any of the last ten league games, winning seven and drawing three since their 2-1 defeat to Godoy Cruz in July.
Lanus have run out of chances to fight for a Copa Libertadores’ ticket after wasting a 2-0 lead against Rosario Central at home last time out. The 2-2 draw means the team extended their winless streak to five league matches, drawing three and losing two, and they accumulated 37 points in the Liga Profesional. As a result of a good season, El Granate will be participating in the Copa Sudamericana in 2022. On away turf, Lanus are on two consecutive defeats (to Patronato and Racing Club). Coach Luis Zubeldia will be missing Lautaro Acosta and Diego Braghieri again and he also will say goodbye after this game.
Defensa arrives at this last game in top form, Lanus will miss important players, so I expect the hosts to win here and give their fans one last happy moment this year.
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