(ESPN.com) – River and Independiente will play this Sunday from 9:15 p.m. a classic thinking about the top of the Professional League, on date 10 of the championship. The referee of the match will be Andrés Merlos.
After the tie of Lanús (leader with 20 points) with Sarmiento, the lead could remain in the hands of River or Independiente, as long as Talleres does not beat Patronato, in a match to be played earlier this Sunday.
If the T wins, it will remain the only leader with 22 units, but if it does not, River (17 points) and Red (18) will have the chance to be leaders: Independent in case of winning it will be the leader alone.
The truth is that the two arrive at a good time, after winning in the last presentation: the Millionaire beat Sarmiento 2 to 1 with just enough, while Independiente beat Colón, the last champion, 3 to 0.
River comes to this meeting with the same casualties, by summons to the selections by FIFA date, which it suffered against Sarmiento.
That is, it will not have Franco Armani, Paulo Díaz, Héctor Martínez and Robert Rojas, while Nicolás De la Cruz is in doubt due to injuries (if he recovers, he could be summoned by Uruguay), Fabricio Angileri, Jonatan Maidana and Matías Suárez.
In this way Marcelo Gallardo would bet on the same team that last week defeated Sarmiento 2 to 1, with an improvised defense with Enzo Pérez and Zuculini as centrals, although with other important presences such as those of Casco, Carrascal and the scorer Romero.
On the side of Independiente, Julio César Falcioni will have at his disposal some players who were low in the last games, such as Lucas González, Lucas Romero and Jonathan Herrera.
Julio César Falcioni’s team, despite several games at the beginning of the tournament (and during) and almost without reinforcements, was consolidated anyway based on the experience of goalkeeper Sosa, central Insaurralde and scorer Romero.
The history indicates that they were measured in 174 games, with 75 wins for River, 52 for Independiente and 47 draws.
RIVER: Enrique Bologna; Alex Vigo, Bruno Zuculini, Enzo Pérez, Felipe Peña Biafore, Milton Casco; Agustín Palavecino, Enzo Fernández, Jorge Carrascal; Braian Romero and Federico Girotti.
INDEPENDENT: Sebastián Sosa; Fabricio Bustos, Sergio Barreto, Juan Manuel Insaurralde, Thomas Ortega; Domingo Blanco, Lucas Romero, Alan So Señora; Alan Velasco, Silvio Romero and Andrés Roa.
REFEREE: Andrés Merlos.