Saturday, May 12, 2007

San Lorenzo - River: The Preview

River will be playing the current league leaders (San Lorenzo de Almagro) tomorrow. The match itself will be played in CASLA's home stadium, el Nuevo Gasometro, and will be an extremely difficult match for "los millonarios".

Daniel Passarella is planning on starting the following players in tomorrow's game:
Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Cristian Nasuti-Danilo Gerlo-Nelson Rivas;
Diego Galván-A. Fernández-Oscar Ahumada-Victor Zapata;
Radamel Falcao Garcia-Ariel Ortega;

There were quite a few surprises in the line-up. First off, Ortega will be a starter alongside Falcao, while Marco Ruben will be on the bench. Also, Fernando Belluschi and Eduardo Tuzzio won't even be substitutes, but that's because they have minor injuries. Belluschi's absence means the return of Diego Galvan, who will play on the right side, causing Augusto Fernandez to move more towards the middle.

I don't expect River to win for two reasons:
1) We've been playing horrible lately. Meanwhile, San Lorenzo have been doing very well.
2) The Gerlo-Rivas duo, the same one that cost us the elimination from the Copa Libertadores, will once again appear. Not only that, but the two "muertos" (Zapata and Ahumada) will be in the midfield. Dear god!

San Lorenzo will be a tough team to beat: they've only lost twice (vs. Estudiantes and Velez) and have won every single match they played in their home stadium this season. Their most dangerous player will probably be ex-River player Gaston "la gata" Fernandez. In this tournament alone, he has already scored 6 goals and has given several assists. But he's not the only good player they have: Ezequiel Lavezzi, who was wanted by River in January, as well as Cristian Ledesma and Osmar Ferreyra (two ex-River players) are also very dangerous. A win would leave River 3 points away from San Lorenzo, but could also give Boca access to the first place spot (depending on their result vs. Arsenal). The great debate is whether River should go out looking for the win to remain in the battle for the tournament or to lose on purpose so Boca wouldn't be able to reach the top. What will happen? Watch the match live on Fox Sports en Espanol tomorrow at 12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern Time to find out.

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