Banfield vs. River Plate – Pre-Match – May 2, 2021


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Banfield vs.  River Plate - Pre-Match - May 2, 2021

River will look for three important points against Banfield, in Florencio Sola, thinking of ensuring the classification to the quarterfinals of the Professional League Cup.

The match, for the 11th date of the tournament, will be played from 4.30 pm with the arbitration of Hernán Mastrángelo.

Los Millonarios, who beat Junior 2 to 1 for Libertadores last week, need a win in the local tournament after losing 2 to 1 against San Lorenzo last week.

Colón leads the table with 24 points, and is already classified; Students follow him with 19 and River, third, marches with 18, the same points as San Lorenzo and Racing, although with a wide goal difference in their favor.

Banfield, with 14, appears more behind, but it is a team that always fights that of Topo Sanguinetti, and he already beat River for the Maradona Cup last year.

True to his custom, Marcelo Gallardo did not reveal the team, but it is estimated that defender Robert Rojas would be among the starters again.

Leo Ponzio could also enter as a starter in midfield, while some doubts persist, such as the disputes for a place between Carrascal and Simón in midfield or Borré and Girotti in attack.

Banfield, runner-up against Boca in the Maradona Cup, could not maintain in this tournament the intense rhythm of many matches of the past championship.

However, with youngsters like Galoppo and Payero plus some names of experience, he remains a demanding rival.

A noticeable loss in the drill will be the absence of Colombian Mauricio Cuero, sent off in the last game against Argentinos.

PROBABLE FORMATIONS

BANFIELD: Mauricio Arboleda; Emanuel Coronel, Alexis Maldonado, Luciano Lollo and Luciano Gómez; Alejandro Cabrera and Giuliano Galoppo; Juan Pablo Alvarez, Martín Payero and Fabián Bordagaray or Julián Eseiza; Luciano Pons. Technical director: Javier Sanguinetti.

River: Franco Armani; Paulo Díaz, Robert Rojas, David Martínez and Fabrizio Angileri; Gonzalo Montiel, Leonardo Ponzio, Nicolás De la Cruz and Jorge Carrascal or Santiago Simón; Rafael Santos Borré or Federico Girotti and Julián Alvarez. Technical director: Marcelo Gallardo.

COURT: Banfield

REFEREE: Hernán Mastrángelo

TIME: 16.30


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