(ESPN.com) – River will visit Arsenal this Saturday at 9 pm, for the eighth date of Zone 1 of the Professional League Cup.
The match will be played at the Julio Humberto Grondona de Sarandí, with the arbitration of Patricio Loustau and with the televising of Fox Sports.
It will undoubtedly be a match of opposites, since River is undoubtedly the best team in terms of game idea and performance, while Sarandí’s men are last with just one unit.
River has 11 points and is seven behind the leader Colón, but despite everything it is close to the qualifying zone for the quarterfinals, where the best four enter.
His rival will seek to achieve the feat of beating Gallardo’s men and scoring three points for the first time.
River could not last weekend with Racing: at home they tied 0-0, after a very defensive approach from the Academy, which ended up paying off.
Those of Nuñez alternated very good performances (6 to 1 to Godoy Cruz) with other more opaque matches, and because of that irregularity they are not higher in the table.
For this game, the Doll will be able to recover some key pieces within his scheme. Gonzalo Montiel will be back on the right side, after recovering from the mononucleosis that affected him in recent weeks.
In the left, Fabricio Angileri will return, who was absent recently due to the death of his father.
For River the presence of the two full-backs can be very important thinking about opening a closed defense. Without them, at times he suffered from a lack of options on the sides.
The big question is how Arsenal will play. It is known that River is very forceful with spaces, but when a well-planted team takes them away, in recent times it complicates it.
That is why it is estimated that Sergio Rondina, who arrives questioned by the pale performances, will try to defend his goal well and bet on the counter attack with Albertengo and Candia.
The history indicates that they met 28 times, with River 13 victories, Arsenal five and 10 draws.
ARSENAL: Alejandro Medina; Julián Navas, Ignacio Gariglio, Gastón Suso and Nicolás Castro or Ulises Abreliano; Jesús Soraire, Leonel Picco and Alejo Antilef; Alan Ruiz; Lucas Albertengo and Jhonatan Candia. DT: Sergio Rondina.
RIVER: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Jonatan Maidana, Paulo Díaz and Fabrizio Angileri; Agustín Palavecino, Enzo Pérez and Nicolás De La Cruz; Julián Álvarez, Rafael Borré and Matías Suárez. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
REFEREE: Patricio Loustau.
COURT: Arsenal de Sarandí.
TIME: 21. TV: Fox Sports.