Rosario Central vs Colon
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 3 November 2018
Kick-off: 17:15 CET
Rosario Central haven’t won in their last six Superliga matches, but right now, that’s the last thing that matters… On Thursday, they beat Newell’s Old Boys 2-1 in Sarandí, right southeast of Buenos Aires, in a Copa Argentina knock-out quarterfinal, that was played behind closed doors(!). How important was that game to Central’s players? So important that they went onto the field wearing t-shirts (below their jerseys) with photos of their loved ones(!). They won, they gave their fans back home a reason to rush to the streets and celebrate for hours, and now it remains to be seen if they can build on that huge victory. From leaders after the third game week (back then they had a perfect record, nine points), they have fallen 20th(!), on just 11 points.
Colón’s 3-2 defeat at Huracán last weekend… damaged the team in more than one way. It wasn’t so much the points lost, as the… bad vibes left, after their coach’s “explosion” on the sidelines, when Huracán scored their third goal. Colón were 0-2 up by halftime, and in the 50th minute Huracán were left with 10 men. Unbelievably, Colón conceded three goals in 10 minutes(!), I repeat, playing against 10. When Colón scored their third goal, Eduardo Domínguez stayed… frozen for a few seconds, but then, he… exploded, with a TV camera “catching” the whole thing. He used some very harsh words for his players, looking back, and facing the guys on the bench. The days that followed, some players “excused” their coach for his foul mouth. Others, not. It feels the glass has broken between some players and Domínguez…
Previous five matches:
Newell’s Old Boys vs Rosario Central 1-2
Patronato vs Rosario Central 2-1
Boca Juniors vs Rosario Central 0-0
Rosario Central vs Union Santa Fe 0-4
Rosario Central vs Almagro 1-1
Huracan vs Colon 3-2
Colon vs River Plate 1-0
Colon vs Atlético San Jorge 1-0
Colon vs Newell’s Old Boys 1-0
Colon vs Junior 1-1
Central’s next game is at Atlético Tucumán, on Friday. A day later, Colón will be hosting Estudiantes (both Superliga matches).
Rosario Central vs Colon: Head to head Stats
Three draws and four Colón wins in the last seven matches between these two in Rosario. Central haven’t beaten Colón at home since 2006(!)
Rosario Central vs Colon: Prediction
Colón have conceded 11 goals in their last four games on the road, but they’re visiting a team that hasn’t scored in their last two games at home. Colón, right now, is a bit of a mystery, after the rift between the coach and some players. All things considered, I’m backing the visitors to leave Rosario undefeated.
Rosario Central vs Colon: Betting Tips
Colón’s double chance is at 1.66. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 2.25. I expect them to look extra motivated after what happened last weekend.