Vélez-Independiente and San Lorenzo’s visit to Tucumán, Saturday’s highlights in the Professional League

Attractive duel in Liniers

Vélez, with seven dates undefeated and leader of the annual table, will be a local against Independiente, who has just suffered a tough home defeat against Godoy Cruz, in an attractive match to be developed for the fourteenth date of the Professional League. The match will be played at the José Amalfitani stadium from 8.15pm, with the refereeing by Pablo Echaverría.

The team led by Mauricio Pellegrino, who has 51 units in the annual table and is qualifying for the Copa Libertadores next year, has great offensive power, and is not fully in the fight for the title with Talleres and River for the bad start of the league in which he barely achieved three of 18 units in the initial six dates.

Independiente had tried on the “candidate” clothes but two defeats, at home, against Lanús and Godoy Cruz, the last 4-1, left him with fewer chances and today he aims to enter the Libertadores, although he was six points behind out of the qualifying zone and so it should be aiming for the South American.

Falcioni’s team, which was at the forefront for some dates, has run into its limitations, imposed in large part by the economic debacle that the Avellaneda club is going through, which faces trials every day.

San Lorenzo wants to take advantage

San Lorenzo will be presented this Saturday in Tucumán against an Atlético that drags three consecutive defeats in the Professional Soccer League and that will try to recover soccer with the motivation of the return of the fans to the stadiums. The game will be played from 6 pm at the Monumental José Fierro, with the presence of almost 16,000 fans. The referee will be Darío Herrera and the television broadcast will be in charge of Fox Sports Premium.

The “Cyclone” comes from defeating Defense and Justice (2-1) but needs confirmation of that victory to strengthen its DT, Paolo Montero, and advance in the goal of playing an international cup next year.

San Lorenzo, who has not had two wins since the second and third dates when he beat Central Córdoba de Santiago del Estero and Boca Juniors, is two points away from accessing the Sudamericana and eleven points from the qualifying positions for the Libertadores.

Montero will have to rearm the team’s defense due to the suspension of Gino Peruzzi and the injuries of Alejandro Donatti and Bruno Pittón. The Colombian Cristian Zapata, Francisco Flores and Jalil Elías, a natural midfielder, will enter the role of right outside in the line of five.

Atlético will also present variants in its formation: Gabriel Risso Patrón will return for Matías Orihuela; Abel Bustos for Cristian Erbes, Ramiro Ruíz Rodríguez for Joaquín Pereyra, Leonardo Heredia instead of Oscar Benítez and Augusto Lotti for Cristian Menéndez.

With his people after 22 years

Platense will receive Patronato in one of the five matches that will give continuity to date 14 of the Professional Football League (LPF), with the particularity that its fans will see it in action in the first division again after 22 years, after the lifting of the closure motivated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The meeting will be played this Saturday from 3:45 p.m. at the Platense stadium located in the Buenos Aires town of Vicente López, it will be refereed by Ariel Penel and televised by the TNT Sports signal.

The previous time of “Squid” before his people in the highest category was on June 13, 1999 when he went to relegation, in a match he lost to River 3-0 and in which Claudio Spontón, his interim coach, played after the departure of Leonardo Madelón.

Platense, with 14 points, fulfills a discreet campaign although in his previous presentation he achieved a good draw in La Plata against Estudiantes (1-1), while Patronato has a streak of eight presentations without victories, with four defeats and three draws.

In the “Squid” Spontón will not make changes, while in the Entrepreneur team, coach Iván Delfino announced the return of Leandro Marín on the right side instead of Lautaro Geminiani, who accumulated five cautions and must purge a suspension date.

Two to keep going

Huracán and Arsenal, teams that have won last date, will play at Parque de Los Patricios with the aim of adding another victory. The match will take place at the Tomás Adolfo Ducó stadium, starting at 3:45 p.m., with Patricio Loustau as referee and televising on TNT Sports.

Huracán, directed by Frank Kudelka, will arrive in tune after the valuable victory achieved in Rosario against Newell’s Old Boys (1-0), which served to lift his spirits and, especially, to increase the meager average for next season, since it barely beats four teams.

For its part, Arsenal managed to beat Lanús (1-0) in the team’s first win since Israel Damonte took over as coach, who had three draws and three defeats, without goals in favor.

The Tomba does not want to slow down

Godoy Cruz, renewed in game and results since the arrival of coach Diego Flores, will receive the downcast Newell’s from 13:30 at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium, with the refereeing by Nicolás Lamolina.

The “Tomba” from Mendoza has 20 points, nine less than the leader Talleres (29), and since Diego Flores, former member of Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching staff at English Leeds United, took office, he won three games, the last one by thrashing over Independiente ( 4-1) in Avellaneda, and tied one, in addition to having eliminated Racing in the Argentine Cup.

After the exhibition he offered in Avellaneda, the coach will not make changes to the team, which will keep Guillermo Ortíz as columns in defense, Nelson Acevedo in midfield, Ezequiel Bullaude and Valentín Burgoa in creation, and Tomás Badaloni and above. all Martín Ojeda, second scorer of the tournament with 8 goals, two less than the eternal José “Pepe” Sand.

At Newell’s, coach Fernando Gamboa cannot find the direction of the team and after losing in Rosario last Monday against Huracán (1-0), he will make three changes in the formation.


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