Boca Juniors vs River Plate
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 23 September 2018
Kick-off: 22:45 CET
Incredibly, Boca Juniors goalkeeper Esteban Andrada played in the last 15 minutes of their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal midweek with a broken jaw! Dedé jumped for the ball, clearly, he headed… not the ball, but Andrada’s jaw, the Argentinian keeper looked… lost a while, but he managed to stay on the pitch, and the Paraguayan referee showed the Brazilian center-back a direct red card(!!!), for… only he knows what. You need to be a moron to believe that Dedé injured Andrada intentionally. His effort wasn’t even “dangerous play”. He just jumped for the ball, with his hands low. Soon after that, Boca scored again, their second goal, and will travel to Belo Horizonte with a significant 2-0 advantage. They have five wins in a row in all competitions. As for Andrada, it’s unclear when he’ll be back to action. Agustín Rossi will be Boca’s number 1 until Andrada comes back. According to reports, Tévez will start in this big Buenos Aires derby.
River Plate had their chances to beat Independiente in Avellaneda midweek, but “El Rojo” had two attempts on the post, so that final 0-0, a draw in general, felt rather fair. River haven’t lost in their last 28 official matches(!). Their last defeat was late February, at Vélez Sarsfield. They are on seven points from five matches in the Superliga, but have only won one game, last weekend, at home, over San Martín San Juan, an emphatic 4-1.
Previous five matches:
Boca Juniors vs Cruzeiro 2-0
Argentinos Juniors vs Boca Juniors 0-1
Boca Juniors vs San Martin Tucuman 2-0
Boca Juniors vs Velez Sarsfield 3-0
Libertad vs Boca Juniors 2-4
Independiente vs River Plate 0-0
River Plate vs San Martin San Juan 4-1
River Plate vs Platense 2-0
San Lorenzo vs River Plate 1-1
River Plate vs Racing Club 3-0
Boca’s next game is against Gimnasia La Plata, on Thursday (Copa Argentina). River Plate are visiting Lanús on Friday (Superliga).
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Head to head Stats
One win for Boca, two for River, and two draws, in the last five games between these two at La Bombonera.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Prediction
I don’t see a winner in this match, and I don’t see more than two goals either.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate: Betting Tips
Draw pays 3.00, my main tip. “Under 2.5 goals” is at just 1.50, but it does feel very probable to me. I won’t be surprised if the game ends in a goalless draw.