Racing’s 3-0 win in the Cilindro or victory in the Copa Libertadores playoff in 2015 still stings for Independiente and for both Avellaneda giants, qualifying for the continent’s biggest tournament remains the goal.
La Academia still have an outside chance in the title race but must win in the Estadio Libertadores de América while El Rojo have made great strides under Ariel Holan in recent weeks but have managed to draw all four home matches.
The football outside Avellaneda has been outstanding as Independiente have won every match under Holan, utilising their youthful pace to great effect and hitting teams on the break. In front of their own supporters this has proved far more difficult and on Sunday, an end to that run of stalemates will be demanded.
Independiente: Martín Campaña; Fabricio Bustos, Alan Franco, Nicolás Tagliafico y Juan Sánchez Miño; Diego Rodríguez y Nery Domínguez; Emiliano Rigoni, Martín Benítez y Ezequiel Barco; Emmanuel Gigliotti
Racing: Agustín Orion; Gastón Díaz, Miguel Barbieri, Sergio Vittor, Emanuel Insúa; Ezequiel Videla; Diego González, Luciano Aued, Pablo Cuadra, Gustavo Bou; Lisandro López
Walter Erviti is suspended for Independiente and Nicolás Figal still misses out pending the outcome of his doping case so Holan makes only one change to his side, Nery Domínguez starting in midfield.
Emiliano Rigoni, Martín Benítez and Ezequiel Barco bombing forward to support Emanuel Gigliotti has proved highly successful in recent weeks and Independiente will look to the same quartet against Racing.
Diego Cocca was hit with the news that Marcos Acuña will miss the match through injury but does have Gustavo Bou and Lisandro López both fit. Racing supporters will fondly remember López’s last-gasp bicycle kick equaliser in this fixture last season.
Racing undoubtely have the firepower to cause their hosts all manner of problems but have looked defensively fragile in recent weeks.
You can watch the clásico live here (immediately after the superclásico finishes)