The pointer Riverwith the psychic boost of having defeated Boca in the Superclásico, he will take on a challenging commitment against Cordoba workshopswho is carrying out an exceptional campaign, in one of the matches that will be played tomorrow on the 16th of Professional Football League (LPF).
The match will be played at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium this Sunday from 21:30 and an impressive crowd of 57,000 is expected with an audience from Talleres and also from River, who has received tickets so that his fans can accompany him in “La docta”.
The referee will be Nicolás Ramírez, the VAR will be in charge of Nazareno Arasa and the television will be on TNT Sports.
River, leaders with 37 points, still have the sweet taste of the heartbreaking and controversial victory against Boca at the Monumental, but now they have to turn the page and think about a risky test against Talleres, who have 27 points.
In football there is a precept to be respected and that is that one should not celebrate because of a fault, but everything indicates that the difference that the team led by Martín Demichelis makes with its other rivals is evident, in terms of quality and quantity of players, and that the ‘LPF should be within your reach without major pitfalls.
Most teams, not to mention the other “big” ones, suffer from injuries and/or suspensions as substitutions do not have the level of the starters, a situation which in the River is more mitigated by the hierarchy of those who wait outside.
Suffice it to mention the “millionaire” offensive where Lucas Beltrán and Esequiel Barco can make headlines, leaving figures of the level of the Colombian Miguel Borja (who scored the goal against Boca), the Venezuelan Salomón Rondón or Matías Suárez, relegated only by his repeated injuries.
River’s goal is the Copa Libertadores, where everything is not as easy as in the LPF, having lost to The Strongest in Bolivia (1-3) and Fluminense from Brazil (1-5). He also received eight goals in three games as the LPF conceded 6 out of 15.
However, River comes with 10 matches unbeaten, with nine wins and a draw and it is normal that after winning a Superclásico they do not lose in the next date, according to the statistics of the last decade.
The match will be a good test for River against an opponent among the best in the LPF, led by Javier Gandolfi, who turned down an offer to join Demichelis’ coaching staff when he joined Nuñez.
In principle, in the “Millionaire” team there will be a doubt and it will be in defense, between the Chilean Paulo Díaz or Emanuel Mammana.
Talleres comes from beating Racing 4-2 and has the top scorer of the tournament, Uruguayan Michael Santos, adding to that offensive power Colombian Diego Valoyes, in a scheme that aims to hurt his rival by attacking him at every opportunity that presents itself.
For tomorrow Gandolfi would have some doubts: Diego Ortegoza or Alan Franco and Juan Carlos Portillo or Nicolás Pasquini.
The Cordobans, who give themselves freedom in defense to be very offensive (14 goals conceded in 15 games), will try to win due to their opponent’s size and get close to the top, but entering an international cup is the END.
In history they have played 59 times, with River Plate leading with 30 wins against 16 for “La T” and 13 draws.
Workshops: Guido Herrera; Gastón Benavídez, Matías Catalán, Lucas Suárez and Nicolás Pasquini or Juan Carlos Portillo, Diego Ortegoza or Alan Franco and Rodrigo Villagra; Diego Valoyes, Rodrigo Garro and Ramón Sosa; Michael Santo. DT: Javier Gandolfi.
River Plate: Franco Armani, Milton Casco, Paulo Díaz or Emanuel Mammana, Leandro González Pirez and Enzo Díaz; Rodrigo Aliendro, Enzo Pérez, Nicolás De la Cruz, Esequiel Barco and Ignacio Fernández; Luca Beltran. DT: Martin Demichelis.
Referee: Nicolas Ramirez.
VAR: Nazareno Arasa.
Court: Mario Alberto Kempes, of Córdoba.
Starting time: 21:30.
TV: TNT Sports.
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