2019-20 Argentine Primera Division – Newell’s Old Boys vs River Plate Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Newell’s Old Boys vs River Plate kick off? Sunday 1st December, 2019 – 00:45 (UK)

Where is Newell’s Old Boys vs River Plate being played? Estadio Marcelo Alberto Bielsa

What TV channel is Newell’s Old Boys vs River Plate on? Fox Sports 2

Where can I stream Newell’s Old Boys vs River Plate? Fanatiz International (geo-restrictions apply)

Where can I get tickets for Newell’s Old Boys vs River Plate? https://www.boleteriavip.com.ar/event/description/348/Newells-vs-River

THE TEAM NEWS

NEWELL’S OLD BOYS

  • Newell’s Old Boys have been quite inconsistent of late and they are coming off a 1-0 away loss against Argentinos Juniors, while losing three of their last four league games. Newell’s are in 10th place of the standings with 21 points, and they have lost just four games this season.
  • Newell’s will be without three players ahead of this contest, as Jerónimo Cacciabue, Julián Fernández and Cristián Insaurralde have all been ruled out through injury. The experience of both Insaurralde and Fernández could have been huge here for Newell’s.

Expected starting XI: Alan Aguerre; Angelo Gabrielli, Cristián Lema, Santiago Gentiletti; Mariano Bittolo; Braian Rivero, Lucas Villarruel, Mauro Fórmica; Alexis Rodríguez, Rodrigo Salinas, Maxi Rodríguez

RIVER PLATE

  • River Plate have one game in hand compared to the rest of the league since they played the 2019 Copa Libertadores final last week – in their previous game, they lost 1-0 at home against Rosario Central although they used an alternative squad in that contest. River are fifth in the standings with 24 points (W7, D3, L3) and the previous defeat ended a five-game undefeated streak in league play.
  • El Millonario are at full strength ahead of this match. Considering Juan Fernando Quintero has recovered from his long-term injury, manager Marcelo Gallardo will have a full-strength squad to choose from for this encounter.

Expected starting XI: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Enzo Pérez; Ezequiel Palacios, Nacho Fernández, Nicolás De La Cruz; Rafael Santos Borré, Matías Suárez

THE PREDICTION

River Plate should be quite deflated following their defeat in the 2019 Copa Libertadores final, but they have one of the best squads in the league and are a dangerous team when they decide to play at full strength. Newell’s might be playing at home, but they are on a poor run of form while they have also conceded six goals in their last three defeats. River look stronger on paper and, even though they’re playing on the road, they should be favourites to win.

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