Arsenal vs Sarmiento
Sarandi Arsenal remain as the worst team of the season following their 2-1 away defeat at Aldosivi last Monday, when they conceded with just one minute to go. Israel Damonte’s men are on five league matches without a win, having drawn two and lost three since beating Lanus in round 13. As a result, they remain on 13 points, sharing the bottom spot of the league table with CA Central Cordoba, and have dropped down to the 22nd place of the relegation table. At home, Arsenal won only one of their last seven league games, drawing four and losing two.
Meanwhile, Sarmiento managed a much-needed 2-1 home success over Newell’s Old Boys last Monday, with Jonathan Torres and Luciano Gondou finding the back of the net. Therefore, the team made it three victories and one draw across their last five league matches (along with a single defeat) to accumulate 23 points in the Liga Profesional, which allows them to climb into 19th spot of the relegation table. Furthermore, Mario Sciacqua’s men are on five away matches unbeaten, having won one and drawn four in that spell.
I’m going to trust Sarmiento here as they are definitely in much better form than this terrible Arsenal.
BET: Sarmiendo DNB @ 1.97
Platense vs Atletico Tucuman
Platense showed a great display of effort on their visit to Defensa y Justicia last Saturday, but they ended up losing 2-1. That defeat put an end to their six-match unbeaten streak of two victories and four draws in league action and also dropped them down to the 21st place in the relegation table. However, El Calamar are producing a decent campaign in the Liga Profesional, having earned 20 points in 18 games. However, the team are on five matches without a win at their own stadium, with four draws and one defeat since beating Sarandi Arsenal 2-1 at home in round six.
Atletico Tucuman registered a disappointing 2-2 home draw against Patronato in a thrilling game last Monday. As a result, coach Pablo Guinazu made it back to back stalemates in his first two matches at the club and El Decano are now four points below the last Copa Sudamericana berth in the aggregate table, having won only one of their last nine league matches (four draws and four defeats) and accumulating 21 points in this tournament.
Both average more than 1 goal conceded and scored per game, and I like the chances of having an open game here especially with Atletico missing an important defender like Santiago Vergini.
BET: OVER 2.25 @ 1.82
Boca vs Gimnasia
Boca Juniors three-match winning streak in league action came to an end last Sunday, when the side showed a disappointing performance and succumbed to a 2-0 away defeat at Velez Sarsfield. As a result, El Xeneize remain on 30 points in the Liga Profesional’s table, running out of chances to fight for the title. However, they continue occupying one of the Copa Libertadores’ spots in the 2021 aggregate rankings (considering that one new berth will open if River Plate, Talleres or Velez Sarsfield win the title). At home, Boca are on seven league matches unbeaten, with four victories and three draws in that spell.
Gimnasia LP had to settle for a 2-2 home draw against CA Central Cordoba at Estadio Unico Ciudad de La Plata in an entertaining game last Saturday. Even though it’s bad news for them, the team are on four league games without defeat, having won two and drawn two to make it 25 points in the league table, which allows them to remain away from the bottom spots in the relegation table and dream of fighting for a ticket to the Copa Sudamericana (they now trail Argentinos Juniors by three points in the aggregate table).
Boca is far from their old good days but they still should be able to beat this irregular Gimnasia at home.
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