Racing – Defensa y Justicia
Racing Club new coach Fernando Gago didn’t have the best debut: his team showed an uneventful performance and ended up losing 2-1 in a six-pointer regarding the continental tickets. La Academia continue producing a poor campaign, accumulating 23 points in this competition after three winless games (one draw and two defeats). The side continue occupying one of the Copa Sudamericana spots, but they should improve soon to keep it. To make matters worse, Racing couldn’t win any of their last five matches at home, drawing three and losing two.
Defensa y Justicia are going through an excellent form. Last Saturday, the team claimed a hard-fought 2-1 home success over Platense thanks to a goal from Raul Loaiza in the 81st minute. El Halcon are on five league matches unbeaten (having won four and drawn one of those). Therefore, they accumulated 28 points in the Liga Profesional and also approached the Copa Sudamericana spots in the aggregate table (trailing Argentinos Juniors in tenth place by three points). On a sorry note, Defensa managed a single win on away turf in this competition, along with five draws and three defeats.
Defensa has scored at least once in their last 6 games, Racing is playing more attacking football with new coach Fernando Gago, so I expect an open game here.
BET: OVER 2.25 @ 2.04
Argentinos Jrs – Lanus
Argentinos Juniors had nothing to do against River Plate’s offensive power and ended up losing 3-0 away from home last Monday. It was their third defeat across the last four league games (along with a single win in the process). Therefore, El Bicho remain on 24 points in the league table, but they are still holding onto the last Copa Sudamericana berth in the 2021 aggregate rankings. At home, Argentinos managed 14 points in this competition following four victories, two draws and two losses.
Lanus produced an excellent comeback last time out, when they earned a 3-3 home draw against second-placed Talleres after trailing 3-0 at one point. As a result, El Granate succumbed to a single defeat in their last five league matches (winning two and drawing two) to accumulate 31 points in the league rankings, which keeps them near the Copa Libertadores’ spots in the aggregate table. Luis Zubeldia’s men have been decent on the road in this competition, having registered five victories and three defeats so far.
Lanus has the 2nd best attack in the league with 33 goals scored (they have two of the 3 top scorers) but also the worst defense with 29 goals conceded and I expect this to continue as they visit this Argentinos that averages a goal scored and conceded per game.
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