The following eleven are going to start:
Paulo Ferrari-Nicolas Sanchez-Danilo Gerlo-Villagra/Ponzio;
Augusto Fernandez-Oscar Ahumada-Matias Abelairas;
Alexis Sanchez-Marco Ruben/Radamel Falcao Garcia
Most of the regular starters will be present, with a few inevitable changes here and there:
- Eduardo Tuzzio is still injured, leaving Danilo Gerlo the starting spot for the 3rd game in a row.
- Fernando Belluschi will finally make up the one additional suspended match he had from the match vs. Estudiantes. Matias Abelairas, our young and talented left-wing, will be taking his spot.
There are also a few doubts:
1) With Tuzzio still unavailable, we still need a left-back: even though Cristian Villagra has played in this position many times, he has been underperforming. Either way, he still has chance of playing. If not, Leonardo Ponzio will play the right-back position, and Ferrari will move to the left.
2) Marco Ruben is another player who hasn't been impressing lately. With Alexis Sanchez guaranteed a spot, the ex-Rosario Central player will be fighting for the other foward slots. Radamel Falcao Garcia also has a 50/50 possibility of playing.
Meanwhile, Tigre have been planning a sleek and sneaky attack throughout the tournament. Not only are they one point away from us, but they also have the second top goalscorer of the tournament: Leandro Lazzarro. The foward has already scored six goals (the same amount as Belluschi) and has been on fire from the first day. One thing is for sure: Tigre should not be taken as a small rival. They are doing well, and will become even stronger in front of their home crowd. We already know how River does vs. the "smaller" teams (do Gimnasia (JJ) and San Martin (SJ) ring a bell?). Let's just hope the story changes tomorrow.
The match will be shown live on TyC Sports USA at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern Time.