Arsenal vs Vélez Sársfield

Arsenal vs Vélez Sársfield Match Preview

Saturday's hottest match will have Velez Sarsfield traveling to the Viaducto on a match that will feature two candidates for the title determined to win. Ricardo Gareca's Fortin have to get over the early elimination for the Copa Sudamericana on Banfield's hands, and there would hardly be a better way to do so than tearing apart a direct rival for the Apertura title, as Arsenal has made it thanks to sheer determination and opportunism to the 5th position with 12 points. Augusto Fernandez and Maxi Moralez's injuries force Gareca to modify team's formation to a 4-3-3 to take full advantage of Santiago Silva and Burrito Martinez's expertise on rival ground. Jonathan Cristaldo will be the third striker, as he's earned a place within the starting squad having scored against Banfield in the last Sudamericana's match.

Having lost the opportunity to claim the first position last week as they fell against River Plate, Viaducto's players should not sit down for it's time to face another Goliath if they're meant to fight for the Apertura's title. Cristian Alvarez is back on the defensive line to stand against Velez's overwhelming strikers, but this might not be enough for Pablo Aguilar will be unable to perform, sent off against River Plate. "Velez is even stronger than River Plate, this is going to be a tough match for us" said Cristian Leiva during the week, but he also declared they won't give up without a fight. A clash of giants in Sarandi that will receive major attention from any team dreaming with this year's title.


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