Atletico Tucuman vs River Plate
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 11 March 2019
Kick-off: 01:30 CET
Atlético Tucumán… make very little sense. From losing 3-0 at Unión, they went to beating Boca 1-2 in Buenos Aires, to drawing with Argentinos Juniors at home, and last but not least, to beating Banfield away from home last weekend, 1-2, more easily than what the score suggests. Two minutes into the second half they went 0-2 up, and Banfield only got a consolation goal in added time. Atlético Tucumán are fourth in the table, occupying the last spot that gives a (2020) Copa Libertadores ticket. River are three points behind them, but played midweek, and have another Libertadores game in a few days, while Atlético Tucumán had a whole week to get ready for this match, and have the… “luxury” to play with their best possible 11, not having to rotate their squad and rest/protect regulars.
Youngster Cristian Ferreira showed that he has… balls of solid rock on Wednesday, taking River Plate’s free-kick deep into added time, seconds before the final whistle. The Copa Libertadores titleholders were losing 1-0 at Alianza Lima, on their debut in the new season’s group stage, when Ferreira saw his opportunity. His kick was truly… a piece of art, one of those goals that are remembered until the end of a player’s career. Last weekend, River were awesome against Newell’s at home, won 4-2, but coach Marcelo Gallardo implied on Friday that he needs to rotate, given that they played midweek, and have another Libertadores game coming up, against Palestino, at home.
Previous five matches:
Banfield vs Atletico Tucuman 1-2
Atletico Tucuman vs Argentinos Juniors 0-0
Boca Juniors vs Atletico Tucuman 1-2
Union Santa Fe vs Atletico Tucuman 3-0
Atletico Tucuman vs Talleres Cordoba 0-0
Alianza Lima vs River Plate 1-1
River Plate vs Newell’s Old Boys 4-2
River Plate vs San Martin Tucuman 2-1
Banfield vs River Plate 1-1
Rosario Central vs River Plate 1-1
Atlético Tucumán are visiting Vélez next weekend (Superliga). River’s next game is on Wednesday, at home, versus Palestino (Copa Libertadores).
Atletico Tucuman vs River Plate: Head to head Stats
River beat Atlético Tucumán away from home 0-3 two years ago. Before that, they hadn’t visited them since their second division season, in 2012 (2-4).
Atletico Tucuman vs River Plate: Prediction
I really don’t know what to expect from this Atlético Tucumán… All things considered, given that they should look “fresh” (no game midweek) and fine by a draw (so as to stay three points ahead of River Plate), I’d risk with their double chance.
Atletico Tucuman vs River Plate: Betting Tips
“Atlético Tucumán or draw” is at 1.73, my main tip, going up to 2.17 if combined with “under 3.5 goals.