River Plate vs Racing Club
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 10 February 2019
Kick-off: 23:20 CET
What do you do if you are a River Plate fan? You look at the glass and you see it half-empty, or half-full? The Copa Libertadores titleholders had three, three home matches in eight days last month, three golden opportunities to reach the top four. They failed big, in each and every one of those. Right after that, they went to Mendoza and destroyed Godoy Cruz 0-4, and just last weekend, after getting saved by Franco Armani, their goalkeeper, who caught a penalty in the first half, went on to beat Vélez Sarsfield 1-2, at José Amalfitani, a Vélez side that had been doing fantastic at home all season. River sit 7th, not far from the top four spots, but… I can’t help but think of those three matches they so ridiculously lost at home, all three, in a matter of eight days!!
Eight matches are left until the end of the championship, and someone could say that this one, at Monumental, is the toughest among all eight for Racing Club. Not that other matches won’t be difficult, they have to visit neighbors Independiente, Colón, they have to host second-placed Defensa y Justicia on the very last day of the championship, but… this is River, Libertadores titleholders River, in-form after two big away wins in a row River, in a game for which all 66,266 tickets… disappeared days before kick-off. Last weekend, Racing played like champions, beating Huracán 3-1 at home. Defensa remain three points behind them, and play on Monday. Racing are expected to start with Arias, Saravia, Sigali, Donatti, Mena, Díaz, Solari, Nery Domínguez, Zaracho, López and Cristaldo. If you noticed, Centurión is expected to be on the bench.
Previous five matches:
Velez Sarsfield vs River Plate 1-2
Godoy Cruz vs River Plate 0-4
River Plate vs Patronato 1-3
River Plate vs Union Santa Fe 1-2
River Plate vs Defensa y Justicia 0-1
Racing Club vs Huracan 3-1
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
River are visiting Rosario Central on Thursday (Superliga). Same day, Racing will be visiting Corinthians (Copa Sudamericana).
River Plate vs Racing Club: Head to head Stats
Two wins for River, two for Racing as well, and a draw, in the last five games between these two at Monumental.
River Plate vs Racing Club: Prediction
I’d put my money on Racing to avoid defeat.
River Plate vs Racing Club: Betting Tips
Racing’s double chance is at 1.83. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.75.