Velez Sarsfield vs Rosario Central
Competition: Argentina Superliga
Date: 3 December 2018
Kick-off: 23:20 CET
Vélez Sarsfield did everything perfect last weekend at Unión Santa Fe, winning the game 0-2, their first away victory of the season, after four defeats and a draw. The players shower Gabriel Heinze with compliments publicly, the fans enjoy what they see on the field, the coach feels the team understand what he asks for, and generally there is… euphoria at José Amalfitani. Vélez are 7th in the Superliga table, on 21 points from 13 matches, playing good football for weeks now, even in games they didn’t win. Earlier in the season there were worries about getting, potentially, in trouble, in the promedio table, but the focus now has shifted to earning a Copa Sudamericana ticket.
Edgardo Bauza, Rosario Central’s coach, in his last Press conference before the team’s – short – trip to Buenos Aires to face Vélez, spent the biggest part of that Press conference talking about the upcoming Copa Argentina final against Gimnasia La Plata (on Thursday, in Mendoza), and only a minute or two, at the end, referring to their Superliga match this weekend. He didn’t beat about the bush, he admitted from the very start that the team, the players, the whole club, the fans as well, are 100% focused on the upcoming final, no matter if there is a championship game before that. When asked if there is a chance to see regulars start the game at José Amalfitani, he didn’t rule the possibility out, but it was rather clear that his priority is to protect his key players, avoid any injuries. Central won their last two Superliga games, both at home, over Estudiantes and San Martín San Juan. They are 13th in the table, on 18 points from 13 matches.
Previous five matches:
Union Santa Fe vs Velez Sarsfield 0-2
Velez Sarsfield vs San Lorenzo 0-0
Defensa y Justicia vs Velez Sarsfield 3-2
Velez Sarsfield vs Belgrano 1-0
Velez Sarsfield vs Gimnasia La Plata 1-0
Rosario Central vs San Martin San Juan 1-0
Rosario Central vs Estudiantes 2-1
Temperley vs Rosario Central 1-1
Atletico Tucuman vs Rosario Central 2-1
Rosario Central vs Colon 1-1
Vélez are visiting Patronato next Monday (Superliga). Central are facing Gimnasia La Plata on Thursday, in Mendoza, in the Copa Argentina final.
Velez Sarsfield vs Rosario Central: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Vélez at home over Central the last four years. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 2009 (1-2).
Velez Sarsfield vs Rosario Central: Prediction
Vélez have everything going for them in this game; boosted morale, home advantage, and a rival who is 100% focused on their next game, not this weekend’s.
Velez Sarsfield vs Rosario Central: Betting Tips
The hosts’ win pays 1.55. They haven’t conceded in their last five games. Their clean sheet is at 1.80. Last but not least, “Vélez and under 2.5 goals” pays 2.87.