Saturday, March 1, 2008

River - San Martin (SJ): The Preview

River Plate is currently preparing to receive San Martin (SJ) in the Monumental Stadium for the 4th Round of the Torneo Clausura 2008. After losing 1-0 against the same team last season, "los millonarios" will be looking to find revenge and also stay up in the fight for the tournament.

Simeone has decided that it's time for the rotation to commence, and therefore has decided to give some players rest. With that said, we will be seeing the following eleven tomorrow:

Juan Pablo Carrizo;
Paulo Ferrari-Danilo Gerlo-Cristian Nasuti-Cristian Villagra;
Augusto Fernandez-Leonardo Ponzio;
Alexis Sanchez-Ariel Ortega-Diego Buonanotte;
Sebastian Abreu


"El Cholo" has brought back the 4-2-3-1 formation that was so succesful in the Torneo de Verano vs. Boca, yet inefficient in our official game vs. Newell's Old Boys. Technically, though, a similar formation showed us a very offensive side in the second half vs. America on Wednesday and led us to the win. Besides the change in formation, several players will be missing: usual starters Cabral, Tuzzio, Ahumada, and Falcao are expected to rest this game, yet may enter the field later on in the match.

As mentioned previously, San Martin (SJ) beat us last time around, and shouldn't be taken as a "small and weaker" side. This season they got off to a good start, defeating both Argentinos Jrs. and San Lorenzo, but eventually falling to Boca Juniors (undeservedly, let me add). The green-and-black team has shown an organized defense, and only conceded goals in the game they lost (vs. Boca).

Last time around their goal was scored in a magnificent free-kick by defender Sebastian Brusco. Although we must be careful with his shots once again, their best player is considered to be Luis Fransico Tonelotto. The 29-year old striker spent three years of his career in Spain, before returning from the Old Continent. After that, he passed by a few different clubs before arriving at San Martin. Last season he was the club's top-scorer and will be looking to repeat the same achievement in the Clausura.

The match will be shown live on Fox Sports en Espanol at 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports World Canada will also be broadcasting the match (on tape delay) at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

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