Monday, September 27, 2010

Apertura 2010 8th Round : Only at home

Click here to download the previews for every game of this 8th round as they were sent to customers and contact me at for further details about how to get the previews for every game of Apertura 2010 !!

How could we jump from 30 goals in the 7th round to this awfully boring weekend with only 13 goals scored ?

The round was divided in two : 6 home wins on Friday + Saturday, and then 4 draws on Sunday.
On the 6 home wins no away team scored a goal, and on the whole round only 2 did : Godoy Cruz with a penalty kick in the 1-1 @ Huracan, and Quilmes in the last minute of the 1-1 game @ River.

The only team this round that was able to make 3 consecutive passes between teammates was Velez, who didn't have to sweat at all to beat a very poor Olimpo 3-0 and take the top place in the standings. Very solid performance by the new leader who was able to win after two consecutive 0-0 draws.

River...River..... They played a fairly good game, were winning 1-0 and missing chances to finish a very poor Quilmes who had almost no shots at goal in the whole game...until the 92nd minute, when ex-Boca Miguel Caneo appeared completely alone on an air ball and scored the 1-1 with a header. It was the surprise of the round and a big hit for a River team that can't find their true form and continues struggling in the Averages table.

Estudiantes plays their 4th round pending game on Wednesday vs Gimnasia in one of the big derbies of the league and if they win they could take the top spot of the standings.
On Saturday they beat a harmless Boca 1-0 with a very early goal. The visitors were coming from two consecutive wins and needed a third one to keep their chances of fighting for the championship alive, but they showed no reaction at all against a very defensive Estudiantes who was more than happy with the tight win.

The ex-leader is San Lorenzo, who played a pale game against Colon and returned from Santa Fe with empty hands after losing 2-0. The home team, with interim coach because Fernando Gamboa will start training the team this week, didn't need to make a big effort to beat a San Lorenzo team that didn't look at all like in previous rounds and lost their first game of the season.

The other team that lost the first game of the season (and there are no more undefeated teams in Apertura) was Banfield, who after a boring game lost 1-0 @ Argentinos Jrs. The last champion won their first game of the season and this gave some air to coach Pedro Troglio who couldn't afford another lost game. Banfield was probably more focused on Wednesday, when they will play the first leg of the round of 16 in Copa Sudamericana against Colombian team, Deportes Tolima.

Another team who took the first win of the season was Independiente, with a very tight 1-0 at home vs Gimnasia. The visitors missed two unbelievable chances to get a draw in the last minutes of the game, but Independiente's win was deserved because they played a solid game overall.

After two consecutive loses where they conceded 8 goals, Lanus won again and it was a very tight 1-0 vs All Boys. The home win was deserved, but the visitors were very close to get a draw.

The boring game of the round was the scoreless draw between Tigre and Racing. Almost no shots at goal, everything ended in a foul...thanks for making me lose 90 minutes guys !

The other scoreless draw of this weekend was between Arsenal and Newell's, but it was a much more fun game. The home team hit the post twice in the 1st half and missed at least 6 or 7 very clear chances to score. In the 2nd half Newell's was a little better and had their share of chances to win it too. Even if there were no goals it was one of the best games and it could have easily ended 2-2.

Huracan had a new coach but they played as poor as usual in the 1-1 draw vs Godoy Cruz. They played almost 70 minutes with one more player on the field because Godoy got an early red card, but they never were able to overcome their rival.

Next Wednesday @ 4pm (GMT-3), Estudiantes and Gimnasia will play the postponed game from Round 4. The "La Plata derby" (a city 50km from Buenos Aires) is one of the games to watch every tournament as there is a big rivalry between this two teams that divide a city.

Click here to download the previews for every game of this 8th round as they were sent to customers and contact me at for further details about how to get the previews for every game of Apertura 2010 !!

The schedule for Round 9, when we will reach half of Apertura, is this :

Friday October 1
19.10-- Quilmes-Arsenal
21.20-- Newell's Old Boys-Vélez Sársfield

Saturday October 2
14.10-- All Boys-Tigre
16.20-- Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata-Argentinos Juniors
18.30-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Independiente
20.30-- Racing Club-Huracán

Sunday October 3

14.00-- Olimpo-Colón de Santa Fe
16.00-- San Lorenzo-Estudiantes de La Plata
18.10-- Boca Juniors-Lanús
20.20-- Banfield-River Plate

Standings :

Averages Table ( :

Copa Libertadores 2011 table ( :

* Tables taken from "La Redó" (

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