San Martin San Juan vs Defensa y Justicia
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 30 October 2018
Kick-off: 02:00 CET
Two weeks after beating Vélez Sarsfield 3-1(!) at home, San Martín San Juan came very close last weekend to earning at least a point at Nuevo Gasómetro. They took the lead in the 8th minute, San Lorenzo equalized right-right away, but the game stayed at that 1-1 until late. It was only in the 85th minute that the hosts managed to score the winner, leaving San Martín empty-handed. Eight points from as many games have San Martín 21st in the table. It’s interesting that their last six matches, each one of those, had at least three goals, usually more than that, and both teams scoring.
Defensa y Justicia lost 2-0 at Junior in Colombia on Thursday, so their mission in the return leg of their Copa Sudamericana quarterfinal tie with the Barranquilla side will be super difficult, but in the Superliga things look really bright for them. Something over a week ago they beat Talleres Córdoba 2-0 at home. They are on 15 points from seven matches, they have two in hand, meaning that under certain circumstances, once those games they “owe” are held, they could be as high as first(!) in the table. On another note, central midfielder Jonás Gutiérrez started training, two months after his serious injury, but he won’t be back to action before 2019.
Previous five matches:
San Lorenzo vs San Martin San Juan 2-1
San Martin San Juan vs Velez Sarsfield 3-1
San Martin San Juan vs Atletico Tucuman 1-3
River Plate vs San Martin San Juan 4-1
San Martin San Juan vs Huracan 1-2
Junior vs Defensa y Justicia 2-0
Defensa y Justicia vs Talleres Cordoba 2-0
Godoy Cruz vs Defensa y Justicia 0-1
Banfield vs Defensa y Justicia 0-2
Rosario Central vs Defensa y Justicia 0-1
San Martín’s next game is at San Martín Tucumán, next Sunday (Superliga). Defensa are hosting Junior on Thursday (Copa Sudamericana).
San Martin San Juan vs Defensa y Justicia: Head to head Stats
Two wins for the hosts, one for Defensa, and two draws, in the last five games between these two at San Martín’s home.
San Martin San Juan vs Defensa y Justicia: Prediction
Defensa are considered favorites to win the game, but… they played on Thursday, and have an even bigger Copa Sudamericana game in a few days. They don’t have such a deep roster to deliver on both fronts. I expect them to drop points in this game, against a team that has two wins already at home, including that 3-1 over Vélez earlier this month.
San Martin San Juan vs Defensa y Justicia: Betting Tips
San Martín’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.05, and their double chance at 1.50. “Both teams to score”, at 1.95, is another bet I like (for reasons mentioned earlier), and saves you from worrying about who wins and who loses.