Tuesday’s Superliga Argentine action features a crunch clash between Belgrano and Tigre. The hosts will be looking to use their home advantage to full effect in what is a huge game in the battle to avoid the drop.
Having finished just outside the Copa Sudamericana spots last season, Belgrano had given themselves a reasonable chance of avoiding relegation this season but La B are now struggling once again. Pablo Lavallén’s surprise exit as boss at the end of last season has hit the side hard and they’ve yet to really convince this campaign under Lucas Bernardi or current boss Diego Osella.
Currently just inside the relegation zone on the average points table and having taken just 12 points from 14 matches so far this season, Belgrano need to find improvement fast and whilst a raft of additions are expected to brought in during the upcoming transfer window, those in the squad now know they simply have to win Tuesday’s game, something they can still be fairly confident in doing given they’re relatively strong on home turf. .
Meanwhile, visiting Tigre’s situation is a far more alarming one and the side are all but certain to be playing B Nacional football next campaign. Rooted to the bottom of the average points table with a huge gap to make up, Los Matadores need to somehow put together a sustained run of form to save themselves; something that looks unlikely given they’ve taken just 14 points from as many games so far.
Having lost 3 of their last 4 matches, whilst letting in a big 10 goals, confidence is very low in Tigre ranks and their wretched away form has their prospects looking all the more bleaker in Cordoba on Tuesday. Indeed, the visitors have taken just 1 point from their last 5 Superliga trips and having conceded an average of 2.2 goals a game over said fixtures, it’s clear to see why.
Ultimately, whilst they’re hardly covering themselves in glory at the moment, Belgrano are historically a very difficult team to play against at the Estadio Gigante de Alberdi due to the big crowds they draw and having lost just 3 of their last 21 home league matches, they’re not performing too badly on home soil despite their struggles.
Having lost just 1 of their last 6 home games against Tigre, winning 3 times in the process, we really like the look of backing Belgrano to win this one. Tigre have been terrible on the road for quite some time now and it’s hard to have any faith in them securing a result and we think Belgrano will have a bit too much for them, with a 2-0 home win on the cards.
Monday’s Superliga Argentina action sees league leaders Racing Club doing battle with the relegation threatened San Martin de San Juan. It’s expected to be a comfortable evening for the hosts.
Racing have certainly proved they are the team to beat in this year’s Superliga and holding a 6 point lead at the top, they’re now favourites to go on and win the title. La Academia have quality all over the pitch and boss Eduardo Coudet has the team playing some fantastic football, evidenced by the fact they are the second highest scorers in the division and have taken 33 points from 14 games.
A 3-1 win away at Talleres last time via an excellent showing has spirits sky high in Racing ranks and means they’re now unbeaten in 5 matches; 4 of which wins. Also unbeaten in front of the home crowd all season whilst winning 5 of the 7 games contested in the process, the hosts arrive for Monday’s game fully confident in their ability to win the game.
Meanwhile, visiting San Martin find themselves in huge danger of being relegated and are set to be involved in a scrap that will go right down to the wire. Only outside of the drop zone on the average points table due to the fact they’ve played a game less than Belgrano, El Verdinegro need to start picking up points sooner rather than later to ensure they don’t finish the campaign as a B Nacional outfit.
A crucial 2-0 home win over Union de Santa Fe last time out marked a good start to that aim but overall, the visitors have been highly underwhelming in the action we’ve seen so far, losing 7 of their 13 matches and currently standing 19th. Now facing a trip to the strongest team in the league, with several regular starters out suspended, it’s fair to say, San Martin look like having their work cut out on Monday.
Ultimately, I can only see this match going one way and that’s a Racing win. Man for man, they are a far more powerful, stronger outfit than San Martin and if they play to their maximum ability, they’ll win the game at a canter.
That’s something reflected in the odds on offer on the full time line but great value looks set to be found when backing the home win in combination with over 2.5 goals. Considering they’ve scored in 4 of their last 6 away matches, including at the likes of River and San Lorenzo, we do believe San Martin can notch in the Cilindro but Racing’s firepower is likely to be far too much for them and we think the hosts will run out 4-1 winners in a game that certainly has the potential for goals; albeit mainly in only one of the teams’ net.