River Plate three-game winning run in the league has been stopped, when they lost at Colon 1-0 playing with an alternative XI. El Millonario played well during most of the time, but they weren’t effective up front and had to return home empty-handed. After their first league defeat, River remain on 13 points with a match in hand. At Estadio Monumental, the side claimed one victory and two draws so far. On Tuesday, they hosted Gremio from Brazil in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores’ semi-finals, losing 0-1.
Aldosivi had to return home empty-handed after a 2-0 away defeat at Godoy Cruz last weekend, when they conceded twice in the second half even though the game was even and intense. However, El Tiburon are producing a remarkable campaign on their return to the Superliga, with 15 points in the first nine weeks, which allows them to stay safe from relegation threats. Away from Mar del Plata, they claimed two wins but suffered three defeats (including the last two).
There are no doubts that River’s mind is on the Brazil trip where next Tuesday they must win to advance to the Copa Libertadores final so they will use a team full of reserves in this match so I have to go with the guests getting something from their trip to Buenos Aires.