(ESPN.com) – River will receive this Sunday at 18 at the Monumental a Unión de Santa Fe, for the second date of the Professional Football League. The party will be directed by Hernán Mastángelo.
The Millionaires arrive motivated after the 2-0 victory against Argentinos Juniors, a triumph that allowed them to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, where they will face Atlético Mineiro.
Now, those of Marcelo Gallardo will seek to return to triumph at the local level, after last week’s defeat suffered by Colón de Santa Fe, the last champion.
The idea of the Doll is to maintain the base of the team that comes from playing this week against the Bug, although it maintains some doubts such as the presence of Angileri or Casco, Zuculini or Palavecino, Carrascal or Julián Alvarez and Suárez or Fontana.
The presence of Armani, Montiel, De la Cruz, Enzo Pérez and Braian Romero, the new River figure who arrived in the place of Rafael Santos Borré, is expected.
Beyond the fact that the priority of Núñez’s club is to go for the Cup again, the lack of titles in local tournaments since Gallardo’s arrival is an extra motivation when it comes to fighting for the League.
River maintains the Gallardo style that has been giving him so many good results, and beyond the departure of some important players, the idea of the game is clear.
Unión, meanwhile, comes after drawing with Boca last week, 1 to 1, in Santa Fe. Juan Manuel Azconzábal’s men, after a poor first half, recovered in the second and equaled the match against a Xeneize with many substitutes .
The history indicates that 68 games were played, with 29 wins for River, 15 for Unión, and 24 draws were recorded.
RIVER: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Paulo Díaz, Héctor Martínez, Fabrizio Angileri or Milton Casco; Bruno Zuculini or Agustín Palavecino, Enzo Pérez, Nicolás De La Cruz; Jorge Carrascal or Julián Álvarez; Matías Suárez or Agustín Fontana and Braian Romero. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
UNION: Sebastián Moyano; Federico Vera, Franco Calderón, Emanuel Brítez, Claudio Corvalán; Kevin Zenón, Ezequiel Cañete, Juan Portillo, Gastón González; Nicolás Cordero and Juan Manuel García. DT: Juan Manuel Azconzábal.
REFEREE: Hernán Mastrángelo.