Saturday, April 21, 2007

River - Banfield: The Preview

River will be facing Banfield tomorrow, for the 11th fecha of the Torneo Clausura 2007. The team desperately needs a win, having not won a single match for over a month.

Passarella is expected to field the following squad:
Juan Pablo Carrizio;
Paulo Ferrari-Eduardo Tuzzio-Cristian Nasuti-Federico Dominguez;
A. Fernandez-Lima/Abelairas-Leonardo Ponzio-Fernando Belluschi;
Marco Ruben-Mauro Rosales;

*Note: Nothing has been confirmed till now

Banfield are currently 18th in the league ranking. "El Taladro" have only won 2 of their 10 matches played in the tournament so far. In the Copa Libertadores, they did a bit better, but were recently eliminated. They are in a difficult situation, and will want a win just as badly as River. Two players to look out for will be Cvitanich (their current top goal scorer with 3 goals) and Lujambio (if he plays). Both are fowards and are really dangerous up front.

Unfortunately, the match will NOT be shown live nor on tape delay. Fox Sports en Espanol will be showing the derby between Gimnasia (LP) and Estudiantes, while TyC have opted to go for Boca and San Lorenzo's matches instead. If they would have wanted to show River's game, they wouldn't have been able to transmit either of the two matches, since ours is in between both (one hour and thirty minutes after the start of Boca's game, and forty minutes before San Lorenzo's).

In other news, Zapata has confirmed that his chances of reaching an agreement with River are basically equivalent to zero. He has already been thinking of other possibilities, since he hasn't been getting along too well with Passarella and the dirigentes. This is great news for all River fans. Congratulations to all the "millonarios"!

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