(ESPN.com) – River will host Colón de Santa Fe this Sunday, for the ninth round of the Professional League Cup, in a key match for the millionaire’s aspirations in the tournament.
The game will be played from 9 pm at the Monumental, with the arbitration of Facundo Tello and the televising of TNT Sports.
It will be a key game for River in this competitive Zone 1 of the tournament, since it has 12 points and must win to stay in the qualifying zone for the quarterfinals. Colón, for his part, arrives undefeated, a leader and has 20 units, which leaves him with one foot inside the next phase.
During the week, the millionaire defeated Atlético de Tucumán 2-1 for the Argentine Cup, and reached the round of 16. In the local tournament, however, it is difficult for him to add three units.
In fact, in the last two games in addition to drawing, he could not score goals. With Racing and with Arsenal, the last of the tournament, he did not find the ways to make a difference, against rivals who ended up with one less player and took refuge well behind.
It gives the feeling that when he opens the scoring quickly, everything is simplified for Marcelo Gallardo’s men, and that they will look for on Núñez’s night, with the inclusion in attack of the kid Federico Girotti, who has just scored a double against the Tucumanos.
It must be remembered that the coach will not be able to count on Matías Suárez, who continues to recover from a right knee injury.
In the background, the DT will locate a line of four formed by Montiel, Maidana, Díaz and Angileri, and a midfield that seems to be the starter, with Nicolás De La Cruz, Enzo Pérez, Agustín Palavecino and Julián Alvarez. Borré will accompany Girotti.
Colón, with a very good campaign with Eduardo Domínguez on the bench, will have a noticeable loss. You will not be able to count on Luis Rodríguez, el Pulga, one of the team’s figures, who has coronavirus. His place would be occupied by Christian Bernardi or Tomás Sandoval.
The history indicates that 72 games were played, with 36 victories for River, 15 for Colón, while there were 21 draws.
RIVER: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Jonatan Maidana, Paulo Díaz and Fabrizio Angileri; Nicolás De La Cruz, Enzo Pérez, Agustín Palavecino and Julián Alvarez; Rafael Santos Borré and Federico Girotti. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
COLON: Leonardo Burián; Paolo Goltz, Rafael Delgado and Facundo Garcés; Eric Meza, Rodrigo Aliendro, Yéiler Goetz, Alexis Castro and Gonzalo Escobar; Facundo Farías and Christian Bernardi or Tomás Sandoval. DT: Eduardo Domínguez.
REFEREE: Facundo Tello.
COURT: River Plate.
TIME: 21. TV: TNT Sports.