Let’s take a look at the two games that open the weekend fixtures in Argentina.
Huracan – Colon
Huracan came down back to earth after their derby triumph against bitter rivals San Lorenzo when they lost heavily (0-4) away to Olimpo in Baia, who are direct opponents in their fight against relegation. They trailed by 3 goals early on and couldn’t get back into the game at any stage. Head coach Brindisi will be without the services of keeper Kintana.
Colon continued their improvement in recent weeks which has coincided ever since Gamboa took over the coaching reigns. They hadn’t put together two successive wins since February and they managed this last week after beating Tigre 1-0. They took an early lead and held on more easily than what the final score may suggest. Experienced forward Fuertes misses again.
SELECTION: Under other circumstances I would look towards the away team. But given the current state of Colon, who have only just found some consistency, I am yet to be convinced.
Banfield – Gimnasia
Banfield found a way to get back on level terms twice but there was no third time lucky. Velez showed their true quality on the pitch and ran out 3-2 winners. This left Banfield behind in the race for Libertadores qualification. They have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game.
In what was probably the worst game of the round, Gimnasia scored from a set piece in the 69th minute to pick up a 1-0 win over Quilmes, which in effect was a relegation six-pointer. They are too uptight in attack and don’t create too many scoring opportunities. There are financial problems at the club given the players haven’t been paid in a couple of months. No absentees to note for Gimnasia.
SELECTION: I give an edge to under 2.5 goals. Gimnasia couldn’t buy a goal at the moment.