The date 22 of the Professional League closes with a classic from which the champion can come out. Is that River receives Racing in the Monumental and with a tie, Marcelo Gallardo’s team will achieve the coveted title in a local tournament, something that this successful cycle is missing. Schedule time, TV and possible party formations.
Greeting from Gallardo and Gago in a River-Aldosivi (photo MARCELO CARROLL)
WHEN DOES RIVER – RACING PLAY?
The meeting will take place this Thursday from 9.30pm, in the Monumental stadium. The judge appointed to lead the game is Silvio Trucco, who will be seconded by Diego Bonfá and Facundo Rodríguez
WHERE TO SEE RIVER – RACING?
The classic will be broadcast on the screen of Fox Sports Premium. Also, as usual, you will be able to follow the minute by minute for Olé.
HOW DOES RIVER GET?
Marcelo Gallardo’s team has a great chance to conquer what is pending in these seven and a half years of the Doll era: a local league. With adding a single point in the four games that are missing, he will achieve it (then he will face Rosario Central, Defensa y Justicia and Atlético Tucumán).
And he wants to do it right now, in a Monumental that will be full for the first time in the post pandemic. Until now, River had not played in its stadium with the chance of having a capacity of 100%: obviously, its people sold out the tickets the week before …
Ponzio could be a starter in River (Prensa River)
As usual in this championship, the coach will have to make modifications required by the suspensions (for five yellows) of Milton Casco and Bruno Zuculini and the injury of Enzo Pérez. Thus, the great chance opens for Leonardo Ponzio to start in what could be one of his last games before retirement. In the background, two other historical ones such as Maidana and Pinola emerge as variants to enter.
In the middle, it was learned that Ignacio Alonso, president of the AUF, will travel to Buenos Aires once River is champion for tempt Marcelo Gallardo to be the replacement for Oscar Tabárez in the selection of Uruguay.
HOW DOES RACING GET?
Those led by Fernando Gago also arrive with casualties. The injured Eugenio Mena and Matías Rojas during the qualifying round were joined by Leonardo Sigali, who reached the warning limit. Thus, Pintita rescued Lucas Orban, who was training with the Reserve.
In this context, it will also be necessary to see if the coach keeps the offensive quartet he used against Colón in the formation, made up of Tomás Chancalay, Licha López, Enzo Copetti and Javier Correa (Fabricio Domínguez could enter).
Lucas Orban, again in First.
The Academy also needs to get up urgently to continue in the Copa Sudamericana area, something that is complicated. With four points added in the last six dates (one win and three losses with Gago), Racing has an unbeatable chance to recover.
River: Franco Armani; Robert Rojas, Paulo Díaz, Javier Pinola or Jonatan Maidana, David Martínez; Santiago Simón, Leonardo Ponzio, Enzo Fernández; Agustín Palavecino; Julián Álvarez and Braian Romero.
Racing: Gabriel Arias; Iván Pillud, Mauricio Martínez, Nery Domínguez, Fernando Prado; Fabricio Domínguez, Leonel Miranda, Carlos Alcaraz; Lisandro López; Enzo Copetti and Javier Correa or Tomás Chancalay.