Better later than never to write the Round 13 preview, just when the 14th is about to start tonight.
Velez is trying to do what no Argentinean team ever did : win both Copa Libertadores and the league in the same semester. Some teams were very close, but sooner or later they end losing one or both due to tiredness or injuries because the amount of games to be played in this very tight schedule is too much.
But for now Velez is an easy leader of Clausura, 4 points above 2nd placed Godoy Cruz, and last night they've won the 1st leg of Copa Libertadores quarterfinals 3-0 against Libertad (game was played at Boca stadium because Velez's was close due to the illegal use of fireworks and flares on Monday's game).
The 6 final rounds promise a close finish, especially in the Averages table where two of Huracan, Quilmes and Gimnasia will be relegated while the other will play the promotion playoff together with another team of a big group of 6 teams that are almost tied : All Boys, Olimpo, Independiente, River, Tigre and Arsenal !!!
This weekend all eyes will be on another edition of the worldwide known "Super Clasico" as Boca will host River this Sunday, in a match with some side stories included, like the chance of the "Bosteros" to send their rival to a promotion place and Martin Palermo, Boca's all time top scorer, playing his last derby before retiring at the end of Clausura.
Round 13 Results :
6/5 — Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 3 Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
7/5 — Quilmes A.C. 2 – 2 Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata
7/5 — Huracán 1 – 2 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
7/5 — Tigre 3 – 0 Colón de Santa Fe
7/5 — Arsenal F.C. 1 – 2 Racing Club
8/5 — Lanús 0 – 0 Estudiantes de La Plata
8/5 — Argentinos Juniors 0 – 2 Boca Juniors
8/5 — River Plate 0 – 2 All Boys
8/5 — Independiente 1 – 1 San Lorenzo
9/5 — Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 0 Banfield
Round 14 Schedule :
Friday May 13
19.10-- Colón-Huracán. (TV).
21.15-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Quilmes A.C. (TV).
Saturday May 14
14.00-- Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata-Banfield.
16.10-- San Lorenzo de Almagro-Argentinos Juniors.
18.20-- All Boys-Arsenal F.C.
20.20-- Racing Club-Newell´s Old Boys.
Sunday May 15
14.00-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Tigre.
16.00-- Boca Juniors-River Plate.
18.10-- Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Independiente.
20.20-- Lanús-Vélez Sarsfield.
Averages Table (http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html) :
Copa Sudamerica 2011 table ( Top 6 qualify to Copa Sudamericana 2011 + Independiente because they are Sudamericana 2010 champion) :
* Tables taken from "La Redó" (www.la-redo.com.ar)