What looked like a sure championship for Boca a round ago is now a completely open fight for the title as we have 6 teams separated by only 6 points !!!!
Boca could only draw against Banfield, arguably the worst team in the league this season, who was playing with 10 men during the whole game (received a red card after only 4 minutes played) while every other team behind them won: Arsenal, Tigre, Newell's, Velez and All Boys.
The final 2 rounds couldn't be more exciting because Boca will host Arsenal next week and visit All boys in the last game, while in the next round we'll have also Velez - Tigre.
Boca is still the only leader and depend on themselves but let's not forget that they are still alive in Copa Libertadores and the next two weeks they will be playing the semifinals against Universidad de Chile, the first leg this Thursday at home and the following week at Santiago de Chile.
Just as a reminder, if 2 or more teams have the same points at the top of the standings when the league is over, they will have to play a final game in neutral ground to decide the championship (this has already happened in Apertura 2006 and Apertura 2008).
Goals difference DOES NOT decide who wins the title.
If the title race is not exciting enough, we have another huge battle at the bottom of the Averages table.
Besides Olimpo who is already relegated since last week, San Martin, San Lorenzo, Atletico Rafaela, Tigre (yes, at the same time that they are fighting for the championship!!!) and Banfield are fighting to avoid the direct relegation and the promotion playoffs.
One of these will get relegated, two will play the promotion playoffs and at this moment with only 2 rounds left, try to predict who will end where is basically impossible because of the many variables and possibilities on the table.
Round 17 will end tonight with Racing - Colon, two teams playing for nothing.
Round 17 results:
Arsenal 3 - Argentinos Juniors 1
Banfield 1 - Boca Juniors 1
Unión de Santa Fe 0 -San Martín de San Juan 0
Newell´s Old Boys 2 -Independiente 1
Vélez Sarsfield 2 -Atlético Rafaela 1
Tigre 3 -San Lorenzo 1
All Boys 3 -Estudiantes de La Plata 1
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca 2 -Lanús 2
Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba 2 -Belgrano de Córdoba 1
20.30-- Racing - Colon
Round 18 Schedule (all kick off times in GMT-3)
Friday June 15
17.00-- Lanús-Unión de Santa Fe
19.10-- San Martín de San Juan-Newell's Old Boys
Saturday June 16
14.00-- Belgrano de Córdoba-Banfield
18.20-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
20.20-- Vélez Sarsfield-Tigre
Sunday June 17
15.10-- Argentinos Juniors-All Boys
15.10-- Independiente-San Lorenzo
17.10-- Atlético Rafaela-Racing Club
19.15-- Boca Juniors-Arsenal F.C.
Monday June 18
20.20-- Colón de Santa Fe-Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
Averages (Promedios) Table (http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html) :