Deportes Mole previews Sunday’s Argentine First Division clash between River Plate and Godoy Cruz, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
After a disappointing finish to their Copa Libertadores campaign, the focus will shift to the Argentine First Division for Silver riverthat houses Godoy Cruz at El Monumental on Sunday.
La Bamba failed to score in both legs of their round of 16 clash, losing to Vélez Sarsfield 1-0 on aggregate, while Tomba comes into this encounter undefeated in three consecutive games in the second phase of this competition.
Seemingly out of nowhere marcelo gallardo saw his team cool off at the most inopportune time, as they struggled to sort out Liniers’ stubborn defense this week, firing just one shot on goal in a 0-0 draw, losing the tie 1-0 on aggregate.
That loss is a huge disappointment for a team that loses its top scorer, Julian Alvarezto Manchester City, and they are reportedly no longer in the running to sign the Uruguayan striker louis suarez for his departure from the Libertadores.
With the door to their first international title since 2019 now closed, River will need to put their energy into what lies ahead.
For the time being, the task for them will be to retain their domestic title, currently sitting third in the aggregate table, three points behind leaders Racing.
Los Millonarios seldom have a problem keeping the ball for long periods as they are among the best possession-based teams in all of South America, but lately they have been unable to deliver that decisive pass to unlock opposing defenses. , without a goal in two. from their previous three matches in all competitions.
Their one-touch combo play has produced mixed results throughout the domestic campaign as it makes River a difficult team to stop in full flow, though they move the ball so quickly that their passing accuracy can sometimes lack accuracy. , operating below 80% in two of their last three league games.
Despite not scoring in their previous home game on Wednesday, this team rarely allows their opponents many goalscoring opportunities in their part of the pitch.
Solid backline work has allowed them to shut down those central channels, as they are masters at condensing the pitch, conceding a goal or less in five games in a row in all competitions at El Monumental.
When talking about clubs with solid defensive form, mention must be made of Godoy Cruz’s body of work, a club that has been incredibly sharp in that department, conceding the second-fewest goals to date (five) in the second phase. of the Argentine First Division.
Last Saturday, they were as sharp as possible at the back, keeping Colon under 50% possession and zero shots on goal.
Manager favio orsi this team traditionally lines up with two holding midfielders and three others right behind their lone striker, and that set-up has allowed them to disrupt their opponents’ flow on the ball, often holding their foes to less than 70%.
On the other hand, their accuracy and distribution are often below that mark, and they don’t create many away goalscoring opportunities, scoring one or fewer in five consecutive domestic games dating back to the first phase of this competition.
To pit a club with River Plate’s level of talent against that intimidating venue of over 70,000 screaming fans is a huge request for any team.
However, if their recent history tells us anything, it’s that they are more than capable of handling such a challenging environment, with a win and a draw in their only three national visits to that historic stadium.
Godoy has reacted well in facing a deficit in recent games, coming back to pick up four points by dropping positions in his previous two games in which he conceded first.
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River Plate goalkeeper frank armani he stopped four shots in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores qualifier to record a clean sheet, allowing just one goal in their previous three home games in all competitions.
With their leading assists and goals in the English Premier League, players like Brian Romero Y Jose Paradela He will be counted on to step up and generate some goals as Romero has scored three times at national level while Paradela has two assists.
Jonathan Maidana will be suspended for this fixture following his dismissal in their 3-2 loss at Huracán last Sunday, while we could see some of their regulars return to the fold this weekend, such as milton helmet, paulo diaz, Enzo Fernandez, Enzo Perez, rodrigo alendro, Nicholas of the Cross and Romero stayed out of their previous domestic meeting.
tadeo beyond scored his first of the domestic campaign in his victory last week over Colón, as his top scorer Solomon Rodriguez scored the assist, while Martin Ojeda he has set up three goals so far this year, which puts him in a tie for the most in league games.
Goalie diego rodriguez have two clean sheets at home at this stage of the domestic campaign, while Christian Chavez Y gonzalo abrego they are the only players who count for them on the road in the second round of this competition.
Only one change was made in the Gody from the 11th to start the month of July, since Elijah Lopezwho is on loan from River Plate, replaced william ortiz in defence
Possible River Plate starting eleven:
Armani; Casco, Mammana, Diaz, Gomez; Quintero, Perez, Barco, De La Cruz; Romero, Suarez
Godoy Cruz possible starting lineup:
D. Rodriguez; Lopez, Ferrari, Barrios, Negri; Abrego, Andrada; Ojeda, Ponce, Allende; S. Rodriguez
We say: River Plate 1-0 Godoy Cruz
The home team may struggle early on to maintain such a high intensity with little rest, while also managing the psychological disappointment from earlier this week, but we expect them to carry most of the game and eventually all of that. the pressure should pay off.
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