Boca visits this Sunday to Velez by the 18th date of the Professional Soccer League (LPF) in a key match for both in terms of qualifying for the Copa Libertadores next year. Nor do they want to get off the fight for the top, which has River at the top with a good difference over the rest.
The meeting at the José Amalfitani stadium It will be at 20.15, with arbitration by Diego Abal and transmission of TNT Sports.
Both the local and the visit occupy access places to the maximum continental tournament, but they need to continue adding to not give their pursuers an advantage in the 2021 annual table that grants international passports.
Vélez occupies the second place of that general classification with 59 units -one less than River- and Boca (52) rose last date to the third step by goal difference, favored by the defeat of Talleres de Córdoba against the Millionaire.
Boca still does not get off the fight for the title
With distant chances of fighting the LPF title by the nine points that separate him from his historic rival, the Xeneize focuses on a more earthly goal such as the pass to the Libertadores, which if he does not get this way, he will have to seek with the coronation in the Argentine Cup.
Mouth holds a steady march in the local tournament, with the setback in the Monumental (1-2) as the only defeat of the Sebastián Battaglia cycle, which began on the seventh date after the dismissal of Miguel Ángel Russo.
The last three consecutive victories, against Lanús (4-2), Huracán (3-0) and Godoy Cruz de Mendoza (2-1), allowed him to gain ground in the classification for the Libertadores but not in the fight for the title Due to the Marcelo Gallardo’s impressive River campaign.
The commitment in Liniers will be a tough test for Boca since Vélez accumulates an unbeaten of eleven dates (7 wins and 4 draws) that began after counting equalities and defeats in equal parts in the first six games.
Battaglia must resolve a doubt in the starting lineup for this Sunday: the continuity of Aaron Molinas or the entry of Rodrigo Montes in the middle of the court. If he favors the former, the team will be the same team that beat Godoy Cruz last Wednesday at La Bombonera.
Vélez and Mauricio Pellegrino’s doubts to play against Boca
In Vélez there is also a quota to be defined, which Agustín Bouzat and the youth Luca Orellano, of great season, dispute on the right side of the attack. In the last victory achieved against Central Córdoba in Santiago del Estero (2-1), the former Boca played from the beginning and in the last hour was replaced by his teammate.
El Fortín will seek revenge for what happened in the last match at Amalfitani, on March 7, when Boca conceded the biggest win in history: 7-1 with goals from Edwin Cardona, Sebastián Villa (2), Gonzalo Maroni ( 2), Carlos Tevez and Jorman Campuzano.
After that result, the coach of Vélez Mauricio Pellegrino confessed “ashamed” and was close to leaving office, although later he regained his pulse in the LPF Cup to the point of comfortably winning Zone 2 with Xeneize as guard.
The historical dominance of Boca over Velez is notorious and shows a difference of 40 games in records per AFA league. Out of 169 matches he won 84, drew 41 and lost 44
Vélez-Boca: the formations
Velez: Lucas Hoyos; Tomás Guidara, Matías de los Santos, Lautaro Gianetti, Francisco Ortega; Gerónimo Poblete, Federico Mancuello; Agustín Bouzat or Luca Orellano; Thiago Almada, Lucas Janson; Cristian Tarragona. DT: Mauricio Pellegrino.
Boca: Agustín Rossi; Marcelo Weigandt, Carlos Izquierdoz, Marcos Rojo, Frank Fabra; Agustín Almendra, Jorman Campuzano, Juan Ramírez, Aaron Molinas or Rodrigo Montes; Cristian Pavón and Luis Vázquez. DT: Sebastián Battaglia.
Referee: Diego Abal.
Stadium: Velez Sarsfield.
Start time: 20:15.
TV: TNT Sports.