After the week off for International duty the Primera division kicks off again this week with some big clashes in Buenos Aires, notably Boca taking on Independiente and River playing Velez. While the national team successfully marched on towards Brazil, talk has been diverted away from domestic matters but a conspiracy theory has been raging on the internet. For the past two weeks San Lorenzo supporters have been celebrating one of their own being named Pope but pictures circulated on the internet this week of a young Jorge Begoglio on a Huracan members card, cast doubt on the claim that he grew up watching San Lorenzo. Pope Francis caught up in a scandal? No…. Huracan have since confirmed that the images are a hoax and Bergoglio never had any affiliation with the club. Now that this “big” story has been settled, we look forward to round 7. GOLAZO’S PREVIEW HERE….
INDEPENDIENTE Vs BOCA JUNIORS (Sunday 2:15)
Independiente desperately need to win if they are to avoid relegation and so they will be happy to welcome Daniel Montenegro back to the side following a spell on the sidelines through injury. Independiente’s problem for some time now has been goals, with Ernesto Farias in a serious goal drought and Colombian Juan Caicedo not the answer to this problem there is a distinct toothlessness up front.
Boca look to win for the first time in the league since the opening day victory over Quilmes. Undoubtedly, the Copa Libertadores has been the cause of much change and again this week the lineup has Wednesday’s visit of Barcelona in mind. There is no place for Juan Roman Riquelme as Carlos Bianchi has nicely given his starting 11 already. The only doubt being whether Clemente Rodriguez will play at left back after his stint with the national team in Bolivia. Lineup: Orion, Sosa, Perez, Caruzzo, Rodriguez or Zarate, Fernandez, Ledesma, Somoza, Sanchez Minho, Juan Manuel Martinez, Silva
RIVER PLATE Vs VELEZ SARSFIELD (Saturday 6:10)
River look to narrow the gap on leaders Lanus when they host champions, Velez. David Trezeguet should return to the lineup after missing the defeat to Newell’s but Juan Iturbe looks set to continue on the bench. Ramon Diaz said that he will have to continue to wait as he doesn’t see him as a winger and prefers Mora in the middle.
Velez‘s league position has not been helped by involvement in the Copa Libertadores and a growing injury list but they will need to start winning if they are to triumph again. Fernando Gago will not be risked after his return from injury playing for Argentina against Venezuela. Dominguez and Peruzzi who both played in La Paz should be fit to play while Cubero is suspended.
LANUS Vs QUILMES (Monday 7:00)
Leaders Lanus still unbeaten and owners of the best attack and defence in the league will go into this game strong favourites against a rejuvinated Quilmes side that have lost only once. A win could see them potentially 6 points clear which even at this early stage would be significant.
COLON Vs TIGRE (Friday 7:00)
The major talking point being that this is Colon Interim Coach Pablo Morant’s debut following Roberto Sensini’s resignation after their defeat last out to San Lorenzo. Bottom of the table and without a win Colon could do with a win.
BELGRANO Vs ARSENAL (Friday 9:15)
ARGENTINOS JUNIORS Vs ALL BOYS (Saturday 2:00)
ESTUDIANTES Vs RACING CLUB (Saturday 8:15)
SAN MARTIN Vs GODOY CRUZ (Sunday 4:10)
ATLETICO RAFAELA Vs UNION (Sunday 4:30)
SAN LORENZO Vs NEWELL’S OLD BOYS (Sunday 6:10)
The last round of fixtures in March so the last chance to impress before Golazo’s March awards!