Banfield vs San Martin San Juan
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 25 January 2019
Kick-off: 23:00 CET
Banfield finished 2018 sitting 10th in the Superliga table, on 21 points from 15 matches. They have a new coach; Julio Falcioni had to leave his post because of his serious health issue, and former Argentina international, a true legend, Hernán Crespo, has taken over. This is the first time he’s working in Argentina as a coach. Attacking midfielder Reinaldo Lenis joined from Atlético Nacional, Colombia, and winger Matías Moya was loaned out to Banfield by River Plate. On the other hand, four players left, and among them, a club icon, striker Darío Cvitanich, who wanted to move to Racing Club. Right-back Rodrigo Arciero got seriously injured a few days ago, and is expected to stay out for no less than eight months(!).
San Martín San Juan are 23rd in the 2018/2019 Superliga table, but 22nd in the promedio table, the one that really matters. In other words, if the season were over today, San Martín would be right above the relegation line (it’s the last four who get relegated). Rubén Darío Forestello remains the coach. Three players joined, and interestingly, no one left – yet. The club president told reporters there are “many” offers by other clubs for San Martín players, and half-implied that at least one or two will be sold, and the money will be used to sign even more players, other than the three they have already signed.
Previous five matches:
Union Santa Fe vs Banfield 0-1
Banfield vs Argentinos Juniors 0-1
Racing Club vs Banfield 0-0
Banfield vs Lanus 0-0
Aldosivi vs Banfield 1-4
Racing Club vs San Martin San Juan 1-0
San Martin San Juan vs Union Santa Fe 2-0
Rosario Central vs San Martin San Juan 1-0
Gimnasia La Plata vs San Martin San Juan 0-2
San Martin Tucuman vs San Martin San Juan 2-0
Banfield are visiting Talleres Córdoba next weekend. San Martín San Juan will be hosting Boca Juniors (both Superliga matches).
Banfield vs San Martin San Juan: Head to head Stats
Banfield hosted San Martín three times between March 2014 and October 2016, and beat them all three by one goal, 3-2 (twice) and 2-1.
Banfield vs San Martin San Juan: Prediction
First game for both teams in 2019, things have changed at both compared to 2018, hard to predict what they will look like, but no matter what, I trust Banfield to score… half a goal more than San Martín and win the game.
Banfield vs San Martin San Juan: Betting Tips
Banfield’s win is at 1.88, my only tip.