Argentinos Juniors vs Independiente
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 4 November 2018
Kick-off: 15:00 CET
Argentinos Juniors visited Newell’s Old Boys last weekend, knowing that their rivals would be playing with many reserves, because they had a big Copa Argentina game coming up. Final score? 2-0 for Newell’s, for their… “kids”, as many in the starting lineup were youngsters who rarely start with the first team. Once again, Argentinos Juniors looked poor. Third defeat in a row, fifth in their last six matches, Superliga and Copa Argentina combined. The most… shocking number of all, is that they have scored just twice in nine championship matches, twice… Despite conceding two goals in Rosario last weekend, they still have one of the best defending records in the league, only Defensa y Justicia have conceded more than them, but that “two goals scored in nine matches” is… hard to believe for a Superliga team, for any team actually, in any championship.
Independiente played their part in producing a very entertaining game last weekend, when they visited Atlético Tucumán. They went down twice, 1-0 and 2-1, equalized as many times, but in the 56th minute they were left with 10 men, and that sort of changed the… balance on the field. Atlético took the lead for a third time in the 85th minute from the penalty spot, and the fourth goal came on a counterattack, in added time, with Independiente’s goalkeeper nowhere to be seen, as he and all his teammates were in Atlético’s box, for a corner kick, hoping to equalize for a third time. Pablo Hernández’s red card definitely influenced the outcome of the match, and now it’s up to Ariel Holan and his players to show that last weekend was just a “break” from winning. They had two victories in a row before that. Silvio Romero is finally back, and is expected to get some game time this weekend. The 30-year-old center-forward has been… tortured by injuries for months, but seems to be perfectly fit to play again.
Previous five matches:
Newell’s Old Boys vs Argentinos Juniors 2-0
Argentinos Juniors vs Union Santa Fe 0-1
Argentinos Juniors vs Racing Club 0-2
San Martin Tucuman vs Argentinos Juniors 0-0
Argentinos Juniors vs Boca Juniors 0-1
Atletico Tucuman vs Independiente 4-2
Independiente vs Huracan 3-1
Patronato vs Independiente 1-2
River Plate vs Independiente 3-1
Independiente vs Tigre 0-0
Argentinos Juniors’ next game is at Tigre, next Sunday. Independiente are hosting San Martín Tucumán on Wednesday (both Superliga matches).
Argentinos Juniors vs Independiente: Head to head Stats
Independiente haven’t visited Argentinos Juniors since 2012. Back then, they won 0-1.
Argentinos Juniors vs Independiente: Prediction
I expect Independiente to bounce back and win the game.
Argentinos Juniors vs Independiente: Betting Tips
El Rojo’s win pays 2.20. Combined with a clean sheet, that goes up to 3.25. Remember, Argentinos Juniors have scored just twice in nine matches.