2019-20 Argentine Primera Division – Boca Juniors vs Independiente Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Boca Juniors vs Independiente kick off? Monday 27th January, 2020 – 00:45 (UK)

Where is Boca Juniors vs Independiente being played? Estadio La Bombonera, Buenos Aires

What TV channel is Boca Juniors vs Independiente on? Fox Sports 2

Where can I stream Boca Juniors vs Independiente? Fox Sports Play, Fanatiz (where applicable)

Where can I get tickets for Boca Juniors vs Independiente? https://www.stubhub.cl/entradas-boca-juniors-vs-club-atletico-independiente-fecha-17-superliga-argentina/ev1280977

THE TEAM NEWS

BOCA JUNIORS

  • Boca Juniors return to league action knowing a win here would move them to the top of the standings if River Plate and Argentinos Juniors do not win their respective games. Boca suffered a 1-0 loss at Rosario Central in their previous league match and enter this game having won just once in their last four league matches (W1, D2, L1). They sit in second place with 29 points out of 16 matches.
  • Veteran manager Miguel Angel Russo appears to have outlined which team will be playing in this game due to having a clean bill of health ahead of the derby encounter although there are still doubts over who will play in the attacking third with Carlos Tevez and Ramon Ábila set to fight it out with Emanuel Villa and Mauro Zarate for starting roles in the side.

Expected starting XI: Marcos Díaz; Julio Buffarini, Lisandro López, Carlos Izquierdoz, Frank Frabra; Jorman Campuzano; Eduardo Salvio, Bebelo Reynoso, Agustín Obando; Emanuel Villa, Mauro Zárate

INDEPENDIENTE

  • Independiente returned to action last week but they endured a 2-1 home loss against River Plate. El Rojo have struggled in recent matches and they head in to this contest on the back of a four-game winless streak (D1, L3) and a three-game losing run. They currently sit in 15th place in the standings with 21 points out of 16 matches.
  • Independiente do not have many injuries ahead of this matchup. Their lone confirmed absentee will be Alexander Barboza who is suspended. The coaching staff must also find a replacement for Nicolas Figal who has joined Inter Miami in the MLS.

Expected starting XI: Martín Campaña; Fabricio Bustos, Alan Franco, Gastón Silva, Juan Sánchez Miño; Domingo Blanco, Pablo Pérez, Lucas Romero, Cecilio Domínguez; Leandro Fernández, Silvio Romero

THE PREDICTION

Boca Juniors currently own the league’s best defensive unit and they enter this game knowing they have the top spot within reach. Independiente have been struggling badly of late and aside from losing their last three matches, they have also shown poor performances at both ends of the pitch. They average just over a goal per game but their defensive record is worse with 21 goals already conceded. Boca are in dire need of a bounce-back performance following their recent results and they will have plenty of chances against an Independiente team that cannot seem to get anything right at the moment which should mean Boca win here.

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