Saturday, October 6, 2007

River - Boca: The Preview

River Plate and Boca Juniors will be playing the 181st edition of the Superclasico (in the local league) tomorrow. The match, like always, is expected to be full of great football and excitement, clearly seperating it from the rest of the games in the league. Who will be playing for River? The following eleven are the ones expected to start:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Nicolas Sanchez-Danilo Gerlo-Eduardo Tuzzio;
Augusto Fernandez-Oscar Ahumada-Fernando Belluschi;
Diego Buonanotte;
Radamel Falcao Garcia-Ariel Ortega;

Almost all of the players listed above are very likely to play, but there is still one big doubt: will Andres Rios start? Despite scoring in the last 3 games in which he started, the Argentine press is now reporting that Daniel Passarella is analyzing the possibility of giving Diego Buonanotte a shot over him. "The dwarf", as he is nicknamed, has impressed fans with his jukes and ability in the last two matches, and the "Kaiser" wants to play him vs. Boca to add a bit of spice to the game. In the case that he does play, Ariel Ortega would be moving more up front alongside Falcao and would be more of a foward than a playmaker.

Besides the possible inclusion of Buonanotte, there will only be one change to the normal starting line-up River have displayed this season. Danilo Gerlo, who was substitued because of an injury vs. Argentinos Juniors, will be replacing Cristian Villagra, of poor form lately. Eduardo Tuzzio, though, will be the one covering the left back position, while Gerlo will be one of the two central defenders.

Edit: Daniel Passarella surprised everyone, and Leonardo Ponzio will actually be the one replacing Cristian Villagra. Ferrari will move to the left and Ponzio to the right, leaving Tuzzio and N. Sanchez in the middle. It has also been confirmed that Buonanotte will replace Rios, as speculated previously. The line-up has been updated above.

Boca Juniors, meanwhile, will almost surely display the following players from the first minute:

Mauricio Caranta;
Hugo Ibarra-Gabriel Paletta-Jonathan Maidana-Morel Rodriguez;
Pablo Ledesma-Ever Banega-Jesus Datolo;
Leandro Gracian;
Martin Palermo-Rodrigo Palacio;

This is a very dangerous side, with a strong defense and some good offense. Martin Palermo is a goal scoring machine, even at 33 years of age. Rodrigo Palacio, on the other hand, adds speed, while Gracian brings the passes and assists to Boca. If River defends like we have been lately (15 goals conceded in the last 4 games), then we could see a very horrific result. Hopefully the team goes out and plays like they did vs. Velez or vs. Botafogo in the second half, but you never know what might happen.

The match will be shown live on Fox Sports en Espanol and Fox Soccer Channel at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern Time.


Riverplatephilly said...

Dale River Dale Dale. Man, I wish I got FSC here, though I'm finishing up my Master's program and would so love to see that game. I'm in Philadelphia and, to the best of my knowledge, perhaps the only River fan in the entire area!

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Locoxriver said...

2-0 and what a game! The difference could have been greater, though Boca got lucky.

Gracias River por esta alegria. Sos lo mas grande que hay!

- Locoxriver

LOES said...

VAMOS RIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Aussie River fan here in Argentina.

I just got back from the game - wow!

River is really running through my veins tonight, what a great result!

We should have won by another 2-3 goals but regardless it was great to see the Boca fans heads go down after the second goal.

Sweet revenge!