Patronato left the last spot of the table last Sunday. When beating Talleres 2-1 at home in coach Mario Sciacqua’s debut. That was their first league win this season after five consecutive defeats and one draw in the season opener. Which allows them to reach four points (all of them were grabbed at home in a total of four games). With regard to their relegation struggle, El Patron are now only two points behind Belgrano, who are safe.
Independiente’s alternative XI registered a scoreless home draw against Tigre, with winger Gonzalo Veron missing a penalty in the first half. El Rojo are therefore on four league games without defeat, but three of them ended in draws. With a match in hand, they collected seven points this season, having claimed a single win. On away turf, Independiente drew all three matches at Newell’s Old Boys, Estudiantes and Banfield. Last Tuesday, they lost 3-1 at River Plate in the return leg of the Copa Libertadores’ quarter-finals, which means they were knocked out.
Patronato are boosted by the arrival of a new coach, but Independiente are clearly the better side here. I can see both teams scoring so I like the low totals line.