Arsenal – Rosario Central
Sarandi Arsenal were the worst team in the 2021 season, accumulating only 33 points in 38 matches, which places them now in the 22nd spot of the relegation table. The team are on four league games without a win (two draws and two defeats). On a positive note, they lost only one of the last four at home, winning two and drawing one. The club hired Leonardo Madelon as new coach after Israel Damonte’s departure. They also added 16 new players.
Rosario Central wasted the chance of qualifying to the Copa Sudamericana in their last league game, when losing 4-1 to Huracan at home. That defeat also stopped their four-match unbeaten streak of two wins and two draws. On away turf, the team won only one of the last seven games, drawing three and losing three. Coach Cristian Gonzalez has six new faces at his disposal.
16 players left Arsenal and 19 returned, plus they have a new coach, so I can definitely imagine that it will take them some time to adapt. Rosario Central has the same base that had a decent season and I expect them to get the 3 points here.
BET: Rosario Central -0.25 @ 1.88
Godoy Cruz – Tigre
Godoy Cruz experienced an irregular season last term and will fight to keep their top-flight status this year (they occupy the 24th place in the relegation table). The team won only one of their last seven league matches, having drawn two and lost four. In fact, El Tomba grabbed a single point from the last nine available at home. Coach Diego Flores has eight new players at his disposal, with Tadeo Allende (from second-tier squad Instituto) and Kalazan Suarez as expected starters so far.
Tigre returned to the first division as B Nacional champions after getting relegated in 2019: they beat Barracas Central 1-0 at Banfield in the championship playoff in November. In fact, Diego Martinez’s men haven’t lost any of their last seven matches in the second tier, winning five and drawing two. On away turf, they took seven points from the last nine available. El Matador haven’t suffered significant changes in their squad, with no relevant departures and only seven arrivals.
No big changes in Godoy Cruz which is bad news for them as they are coming from a bad season, same thing for Tigre but they are the 2nd tier champions and I expect them to get something from this game.
BET: Tigre +0.25 @ 2.07
Velez – Aldosivi
Velez Sarsfield ended up in the second spot of the 2021 aggregate table, which gave them a ticket for the Copa Libertadores. However, the team haven’t won any of their last three league games, drawing one and losing two. On a positive note, El Fortin are on ten home matches unbeaten in league action, having won seven and drawn three. Coach Mauricio Pellegrino will be missing important players who left the club: Thiago Almada (sold to MLS outfit Atlanta Utd.), Juan Martin Lucero (Colo Colo, Chile), Geronimo Poblete (FK Metalist, Ukraine) and Federico Mancuello (Puebla, Mexico) are the biggest losses.
Aldosivi won four of their last five league games (losing only one) and that run allowed them to take a little breather (in fact, they collected eight points from the last 15 available on the road), but the team are still threatened by relegation, occupying 23rd place in the respective table. It’s been a hectic summer for coach Martin Palermo: the club signed 11 new players, meanwhile, 15 men left the club
Despite losing important players I can imagine Velez as offensive as usual, especially against this Aldosivi that had the worst defense last year.
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