River Plate vs Racing
River Plate disappointed a lot last time out, as the team suffered 2:1 defeat away to San Lorenzo and are now seven points below their biggest rivals and first placed side Boca Juniors. It can be said that the match itself was quite a balanced one, however it simply wasn't a day for the players of River Plate.
Players of San Lorenzo took the lead in 13th minute with a goal from Blandi and even though the guests replied just five minutes later from a penalty kick taken by Driusssi, they couldn't push more and get the second goal. Instead of it, hosts scored second in 55th minute via Diaz, that turned out to be the winning goal, as the visitors simply didn't do enough in attack in the remaining of the game. It was first defeat for River in Primera Division since December, but the team now stands with slim chances to get the title in the end.
Hosts should be playing in some version of 4-1-3-2 formation with Alario and Driussi most likely in attack plus Rojas, Fernandez and Martinez as offensive midfielders. Lucas Alario returns from suspension and is likely to play here., same as Jorge Moreira who should be at the right back position in this one. Injured are forwards Rodrigo Mora (16/2) and Marcelo Larrondo (8/0).
Racing Club, on the other side, comes from just a point taken in front of own fans against Aldosivi two weeks ago, before the international break took place. It could be said that the final outcome surely was deserved, as the players of Racing had much more of the ball possession, but couldn't convert it into goals, while the guests were awarded for their fighting spirit.
Aldosivi took the lead in 22nd minute with a goal from Medina, while the hosts replied ten minutes later via Martinez - and that was almost all we saw from the match. Players of Racing remained being better on the field, however with very little done in attack and not being enough aggressive in the last phase of attack. The side is now at ninth position, having just three points less than Copa Libertadores placed San Lorenzo and needs points here badly as well.
Visitors are set to play in their usual 3-5-2 formation with Lopez and Martinez as forwards. Diego Gonzalez returns from suspension and will be back in the midfield. Forward Gustavo Bou (22/10) is injured, same as goalkeeper Juan Musso (1/0). Doubtful is left back Pablo Alvarez (8/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of River Plate's last 6 games (Primera Division).
River Plate is probably finished with their title challenge for this one, however the match remains very important one for the hosts. The way they play, it should be an open game and the same can be said for guests who are also coming searching for points here. Overall, I expect and interesting game and surely more open minded and attacking than what the current odds suggest.