River Plate is set to face Colon in a crucial Argentine Primera Division clash on Thursday. The match preview includes predictions, team news, and possible lineups.
The hosts are currently three points behind River Plate in the table and have not won their previous two league fixtures.
Colon has had a strong start to this phase of the season, losing only three of their previous eight Argentine Primera fixtures. They currently sit fourth in Group A. A victory in this match could see them overtake River Plate at the top of the table.
Colon has been unbeaten at home during the second phase of the league, a stark improvement from their performance in the first phase where they finished second-bottom. They have secured three wins and a draw at home during this phase, conceding only twice. However, they will face a tough challenge from River Plate, the highest-scoring team in Group A.
River Plate, despite suffering two defeats in the second phase, holds the top spot in Group A. They lead by only one point, which puts pressure on each fixture as they aim to extend their lead. The team’s attacking qualities have been instrumental in their success, having scored 15 goals in eight matches. They have also demonstrated defensive capability, keeping a clean sheet in their last outing.
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Ramon Abila is likely to start for Colon, having scored eight league goals this season. Galvan is expected to maintain his place in the midfield three, and Colon will likely continue with a 4-3-2-1 formation.
Rondon will lead the line for River Plate, fresh from scoring the match-winner in their previous outing. River Plate typically uses the same formation as their opponents, which adds extra pressure on each player.
Colon possible starting lineup:
Chicco; Meza, Goltz, Garces, Mas; Galvan, Lucena, Ibanez; Botta, Pierotti, Abila
River Plate possible starting lineup:
Armani; Casco, Diaz, Pirez, Herrera; De La Cruz, Perez; Fernandez, Lanzini, Barco; Rondon
We predict: Colon 1-2 River Plate
Colon’s unbeaten home record in the second phase will face a tough test against the league leaders. River Plate, dominant in the first phase, is likely to secure another three points in this match.
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