Racing Club vs Huracan
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 3 February 2019
Kick-off: 23:20 CET
Racing Club’s people keep saying they don’t pay that much attention at what other teams do, namely Defensa y Justicia, but I bet they were watching Defensa’s game Friday night, and were feeling pretty well until the 82nd minute, with their main rivals losing 1-0. Two late goals gave the Florencio Varela side a hugely important victory at San Martín Tucumán, bringing them level on points with Racing(!). Both are on 39, with the difference that the Avellaneda side have to play this match against Huracán, another top four team. El Chacho Coudet, Racing’s coach, told reporters he doesn’t intend to make any changes, compared to last weekend’s lineup. Racing beat Aldosivi 1-3, with Darío Cvitanich scoring on his debut, goal product of… admirable self-control and cold blood. By the way, note this down: Racing’s last game of the season, is at home against Defensa y Justicia, early April, a game that could be a… final.
Huracán’s target is to stay in the top four, earn a Copa Libertadores ticket for 2020, but… the way things are in the table, this match seems like their best chance to become a serious candidate to win the championship title itself. They sit nine points behind leaders Racing, and a win in this match will shorten that gap to six, with eight matches remaining. El Globo did a great job last weekend, beating Rosario Central 2-1 at home. Colombian Andrés Roa scored the opener, but unfortunately got injured again (exactly while scoring, he couldn’t celebrate it), and is out. A few minutes later, just before halftime, Lucas Barrios scored as well, his first goal after signing for them a few weeks ago. Other than Roa, centre-back Federico Mancinelli is also out, as he got sent-off in the 83rd minute last weekend. Only the referee knows why he showed him a red card. Most probably, because he had to send Central’s Néstor Ortigoza off, after causing a big mess with his… temperamental behavior, and the referee felt he had to maintain some… balance, sending off an Huracán player as well.
Previous five matches:
Aldosivi vs Racing Club 1-3
Racing Club vs San Martin San Juan 1-0
Talleres Cordoba vs Racing Club 1-3
Racing Club vs Banfield 0-0
Gimnasia La Plata vs Racing Club 0-3
Huracan vs Rosario Central 2-1
San Lorenzo vs Huracan 0-0
Huracan vs Argentinos Juniors 0-0
Gimnasia La Plata vs Huracan 2-2
Huracan vs Defensa y Justicia 1-1
Racing are visiting River Plate next weekend. Huracán will be hosting Vélez Sarsfield (both Superliga matches).
Racing Club vs Huracan: Head to head Stats
Racing have beaten Huracán twice at home the last four years, 4-0 and 2-0.
Racing Club vs Huracan: Prediction
If you’ve been following the Superliga previews here these last months, you’ve read positive comments about Huracán more than a dozen times. Never tried to hide that I enjoy watching this team, especially with Roa playing (unfortunately he missed several games due to injury, and is injured again), and even more now, with Barrios in the team as well. In this particular match though, I don’t see them earn anything.
Racing Club vs Huracan: Betting Tips
Racing’s win is at 1.60, not particularly tempting. Combined with “over 2.5 goals”, it’s at 2.70. If you find this, Racing’s victory combined with “over 1.5” pays 2.02.