Friday, April 27, 2007

Rosario Central - River: The Preview

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, 2007, we will be facing Rosario Central in their home stadium. Many may see it as an easy match, but I don't expect us to take the three points easily. The "Canallas" have won their last 3 games, and have been rising lately. Not only that, but they did not receive a goal in any of them either (3-0 vs. Nueva Chicago, 2-0 vs. Velez, and 1-0 vs. Gimnasia LP).
River will field the following team:
Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Cristian Villagra-Federico Lussenhoff-Cristian Nasuti-Eduardo Tuzzio;
A. Fernandez-Fernando Belluschi-Oscar Ahumada-Victor Zapata;
Mauro Rosales-Marco Ruben;

Paulo Ferrari is injured, so Cristian Villagra will take his place. I like Villagra more on the right side than on the left: he's right footed and seems more comfortable on that side (at least from what I saw vs. Colo Colo). Meanwhile, Tuzzio will return to the right wing, position in which he played at the beginning of the semester, and Lussenhoff will take his place as one of the two center backs. In the midfield, Ahumada will continue playing since Ponzio is not 100% fit, Belluschi will return to his starting spot, and Zapata will play once again (having not played since the day of the elimination from the Libertadores vs. Caracas). Other than that, the rest of them team is the same as the one that beat Banfield last Sunday.

Rosario Central's top goalscorer is Gonzalo Belloso, who has scored 3 times this season. We must also be careful with Angel DiMaria, a young talented midfielder, and Cristian "Kily" Gonzalez, an ex-Argentine International with lots of experience.

The match will be shown live on TyC Sports USA at 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

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