River Plate will receive the leader this Wednesday Independent, with Carlos Tevez as a coach, in a promising classic from Zone A of the Professional Football League Cup (LPF).
The match will be played from 9 p.m. at the Más Monumental stadium in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Núñez, with transmission by TNT Sports and arbitration by Facundo Tello.
Independiente is the leader with 18 points, now far from the worry of relegation and with the expectation of getting closer to the Copa Sudamericana 2024 zone along with qualifying for the quarterfinals in the League Cup, with the aim of being once again Argentine champion after 21 years.
The match will also be marked by the return of Tevez – one of the historical references of Boca Juniors – to the Monumental stadium, although in the role of coach, as he already did with the Rosario Central diver in the 2022 tournament, when he won a 2-1 victory in Marcelo Gallardo’s farewell as “millionaire” coach.
For its part, River, the best team of the first semester and winner of the Professional Soccer League, will reach the classic with 17 points and after a poor performance in Santa Fe against Colón (2-2).
The “millionaire” will have several changes in different lines, such as the returns to the goal of Franco Armani and in the defense of the Chilean Paulo Díaz, after the absences due to participation in the South American Qualifiers, and Ezequiel Centurión and Héctor David Martínez will leave their places .
How to watch River vs Independiente for the Professional League Cup
TNT Sports broadcasts live from 9 p.m.
The bad news from Monday’s training was that Nicolás De La Cruz had inflammation in the Achilles tendon in his left leg, an injury that prevented him from working normally. If he does not arrive, Rodrigo Aliendro or Agustín Palavecino are emerging to replace him.
In principle, everything indicated that De La Cruz was not going to be in physical condition for this match, although in the last hours he had a favorable evolution and a possibility had opened regarding his presence even in the starting eleven, but finally sense prevailed common and the oriental was left out of the list of concentrates.
Without a doubt, Nicolás De La Cruz is currently the football leader of an irregular River, with a marked strength at home – they have 15 victories in a row – and ups and downs when it is time to leave their home, since they won only one of the last ones. 10.
The other answer to reveal is the left back, with Milton Casco’s sporting performance declining and the potential presence of Enzo Díaz in that sector of the field.
The question is whether to keep striker Miguel Borja, who has just scored two goals against Colón in Santa Fe, or to go back to betting on Venezuelan Salomón Rondón, absent for being with his team on the FIFA double date, who also has four goals in the championship.
In principle, Independiente will wait for the evolution of attacker Martín Cauteruccio, absent with Barracas Central (3-0) due to a case of salmonella. He is also ruled out for the starting team, according to what emerged in today’s training session.
As for the offensive midfielder Santiago Toloza, he is already discharged after recovering from the sprained right ankle with ligament compromise suffered on September 19 against Rosario Central (1-1), at the Gigante de Arroyito.
However, everything would indicate that Tevez will maintain the same names that come from beating “Guapo” and that he has accumulated eight games without losing, with five wins and three draws.
Independiente will have the complicated mission of breaking a streak of more than 14 years without winning at the Monumental, something that happened on October 12, 2009, when the team led by Rubén Américo Gallego won 3-1 on the eighth date of the Tournament Opening, with goals from Darío Gandín, Ignacio Piatti and Andrés Silvera. In that match, Marcelo Gallardo scored a penalty for the “millionaire.”
In history, River won 75 times, tied 47 times and Independiente won 52 games, in a total of 174 official matches.
Formations River vs Independiente for the Professional League Cup
River Plate: Franco Armani; Andrés Herrera, Leandro González Pirez, Paulo Díaz and Enzo Díaz or Milton Casco; Enzo Pérez, Rodrigo Aliendro or Agustín Palavecino; Ignacio Fernández, Manuel Lanzini and Esequiel Barco; Salomón Rondón or Miguel Borja. DT: Martín Demichelis.
Independent: Rodrigo Rey; Mauricio Isla, Cristian Báez, Joaquín Laso and Damián Pérez; Lucas González, Iván Marcone and Federico Mancuello; Alexis Canelo, Matías Giménez Rojas and Braian Martínez. DT: Carlos Tevez.
Court: River Plate
Referee: Facundo Tello
VAR: Héctor Paletta
TV: TNT Sports.
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