2019-20 Argentine Primera Division – River Plate vs San Lorenzo Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does River Plate vs San Lorenzo kick off? Monday 9th December, 2019 – 00:45 (UK)

Where is River Plate vs San Lorenzo being played? Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti (Buenos Aires)

What TV channel is River Plate vs San Lorenzo on? Fox Sports 2 (Latin America), TNT Sports (Argentina), TyC Sports (United States)

Where can I stream River Plate vs San Lorenzo? Fox Sports GO, Fanatiz International, bet365 (where applicable)

Where can I get tickets for River Plate vs San Lorenzo? https://www.ticketsriverplate.com/es-AR/home.aspx

THE TEAM NEWS

RIVER PLATE

  • River Plate enter this game on a great run of form since they are sitting in third place with 27 points, and could move towards the top of the standings with a win although it would depend on what happens with co-leaders Boca Juniors and Argentinos Juniors – both have 29 points. River are also W3, D1, L1 in their last five matches, and are coming off a 3-2 away win over Newell´s Old Boys the last time out.
  • River Plate do not list any injured players ahead of this match, so manager Marcelo Gallardo will be able to field his strongest XI for the team’s final match of 2019. In what might be Gallardo’s final game as River manager, he is expected to field a 4-1-3-2 system.

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

SAN LORENZO

  • San Lorenzo are on a three-game undefeated streak (W2, D1) entering this match, but they are on a four-team tie and sit in 11th place with 23 points. Depending on other results, however, Los Cuervos could move all the way up to fifth place. They own a W2, D1, L2 mark in their last five league matches. They are coming off a 2-0 home win over Patronato last time out.
  • San Lorenzo could be quite depleted ahead of this match since several experienced players are slated to miss this contest. The list includes right-backs Victor Salazar and Gino Peruzzi, playmaker Fernando Belluschi, and forward Nahuel Barrios.

Expected starting XI: Sebastián Torrico; Fabricio Coloccini, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Ramón Arias; Gerónimo Poblete; Marcelo Herrera, Óscar Romero, Juan Edgardo Ramírez, Bruno Pitton; Adolfo Gaich, Ángel Romero

THE PREDICTION

River have a slight edge over their bitter rivals ahead of this contest. They are the better side according to the standings, are far healthier and also enter this match-up on a better run of form if we consider the previous five league matches from both sides. The fact that River are playing at home should also be something to consider; they have won two of their last three at Estadio Monumental, while San Lorenzo are on a three-game winless run away from home (D1, L2). River should take the three points here.

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