January 22, 2018

Talleres in at the deep end as River travel to Lanús

Monday, March 20, 2017

Plenty of action — at both ends of the table

By Daniel Edwards
Soccer’s return at the weekend
was not quite complete. Two teams, Independiente and Talleres, were forced to delay their comebacks due to the pitiful state of the Estadio Mario Kempes pitch, and will kick off a week later than their colleagues before fulfilling that delayed fixture at a later, yet to be confirmed date. Ariel Holan takes his bow as Rojo coach on Saturday and the ex-Hockey professor and Defensa y Justicia boss welcoming San Martín de San Juan to Avellaneda in a game the underachieving hosts must win. The Kempes cabbage patch almost claimed another game this weekend, but after fierce discussions between Belgrano and Racing the clash in Córdoba will now take place on Sunday, with all eyes bound to be on the recently laid turf.
Talleres, meanwhile, is thrown in at the deep end with a trip to the Bombonera on Sunday evening. Boca Juniors were effective rather than thrilling in seeing off Banfield thanks to two goals from Darío Benedetto, and remain three points clear of San Lorenzo at the Primera summit. The game will be particularly poignant for two Xeneize forwards, Cristian Pavón and Nazareno Solis, who will come up against their former club for the first time after both starred in Talleres’ rapid rise from third-tier obscurity to a place in the top flight in recent years. Back in second place San Lorenzo is desperate not to lose ground, and is thus obliged to take back three points from a difficult away fixture in Mendoza against Godoy Cruz.
Two of the weekend’s biggest underachievers have a point to prove in their second fixture. A weakened Lanús team were thrashed by Racing, and River won few admirers in a turgid draw at home to Belgrano. The Granate plays host in Tuesday’s key fixture which both sides need to win in order to keep up the chase at the top of the table in a campaign which will be interrupted by Copa Libertadores commitments.
The fight at the bottom of the table is also heating up. Four relegation battlers go head-to-head over the weekend, with defeat not an option if they wish to avoid dropping down to the Nacional B at the end of the current campaign. Rafaela, rock-bottom of the average points table but by no means doomed, can drag Arsenal de Sarandí back down into the drop zone with three points at the Viaducto, while Humberto Grondona’s team needs to bounce back following a damaging 4-2 reverse at the hands of Patronato. Sarmiento and Temperly also occupy relegation places and face off in Junín, the visitors buoyed by a fine win over Tigre to keep its chances alive as the season passes its midway point. At both the top and bottom, there is plenty of action to keep fans sated as the soccer season gets back into gear.                                  w
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