(ESPN.com) – River and Boca will meet this Sunday, starting at 17 at the Monumental, in a special Superclásico, on the 14th date of the League Tournament. The game will be directed by Fernando Rapallini, with televising from Fox Premium and TNT Sports.
On the one hand, it will be the first Superclásico with an audience after the start of the pandemic: there will only be Millionaire fans and by protocol 36,000 spectators will be allowed to enter.
But in addition, the game can be decisive for the aspirations of both teams thinking about the title.
Boca arrives more pressing: he adds 21 points and is six from River. If he wins, he will get closer to his greatest rival and also to Talleres, the leader with 29, who will play on Monday against Defensa y Justicia. If he loses, he will stray too far from the tip.
River (27), in case of winning, will remain only at the top until the T plays. The tie gives the feeling that it does not serve anyone, although Boca will be the most affected if this happens. Of course, everything will depend on how Workshops do against the Falcon.
The locals arrive with eight games without losing and three consecutive victories. Although Marcelo Gallardo’s team does not shine as in other moments, it maintains the conviction of its DT and the hierarchy of its players to take advantage of the moments of the matches.
He suffered with Arsenal and Central Córdoba, but was able to impose his conditions. For this meeting, the DT will not have Héctor David Martínez, he is recovering from a tear, and Matías Suárez remains in doubt due to the problem that he drags on his knee.
The great moment of Julián Alvarez in attack, will be accompanied by Braian Romero and Jorge Carrascal, while in the midfield Nicolás De la Cruz will also have another reference like Enzo Pérez.
On the Boca side, Sebastián Battaglia, who will debut as DT in a superclassic, would lean towards Jorman Campuzano as central midfielder and Diego González accompanying him in midfield (another option is the entry of Esteban Rolón).
The defense, with Marcos Rojo and Carlos Izquierdoz as pillars, is one of the team’s strengths. And above, the bet will be with Cardona, Orsini and Pavón.
Xeneixe is undefeated by Battaglia, with five wins and two draws, and is in the semifinals of the Argentine Cup.
The last four classics played ended tied, although Boca won the last two on penalties, eliminating its classic rival from the Professional League Cup and the Argentine Cup, in those cases with Miguel Angel Russo as coach.
The history indicates that 211 matches were played in local tournaments, with 77 victories for Boca, 69 for River and 65 draws. El Millonario has not won at home since November 2010, and will seek to break that streak by domestic competitions.
RIVER: Franco Armani; Milton Casco, Robert Rojas, Paulo Díaz and Fabrizio Angileri; Enzo Pérez, Enzo Fernández and Nicolás de la Cruz; Julián Alvarez, Braian Romero and Jorge Carrascal. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
MOUTH: Agustín Rossi; Luis Advíncula, Carlos Izquierdoz, Marcos Rojo and Frank Fabra; Diego González or Esteban Rolón, Jorman Campuzano and Agustín Almendra; Edwin Cardona; Cristian Pavón and Nicolás Orsini. DT: Sebastián Battaglia.
REFEREE: Fernando Rapallini.