With Arsenal relegated and Newell’s, Independiente, Platense, Instituto and Banfield saved, there are nine teams that in the two remaining dates to complete the Professional League Cup zones will try to stay in the First Division.
At the moment, the most committed is Colón, with 42 points, just one ahead of Unión, three ahead of Vélez, Sarmiento, Huracán and Gimnasia, four behind Tigre, five behind Barracas Central and six behind Central Córdoba of Santiago del Estero , practically outside the slide.
Arsenal were relegated for the second time since their best historical moment in Primera (2002-2018), a period in which they were champions of the 2007 Copa Sudamericana, the 2008 Suruga Bank Cup, the 2012 Argentine Cup and the 2012/2013 Argentine Super Cup. .
This is the program of matches that the eight in the red zone have to play:
Central Córdoba (48 points): Estudiantes (l) and San Lorenzo (v).
Barracas Central (47): Instituto (v) and Argentinos Juniors (v).
Tigre (46): Platense (l), Unión (v).
Vélez (45): Argentinos Juniors (v) and Colón (l).
Sarmiento (45): Godoy Cruz (l) and Platense (v).
Huracán (45): Arsenal (l) and Atlético Tucumán (v).
Gymnastics (45): Atlético Tucumán (l) and Banfield (v).
Unión (43): Belgrano (v) Tigre (l).
Colón (42): Talleres (l) and Vélez (v).
Next weekend there will be no direct duels, but there will be no less than two on the last date: Tigre-Unión in Victoria and Vélez-Colón in Liniers.
Central Córdoba has never been relegated to Primera Nacional since it rose to Primera in 2019. Barracas Central, which joined Primera in 2022, had been relegated in 1934 in the championship organized by the Argentine Football Association, later becoming AFA.
Vélez’s first and only relegation dates back to the 1940 season. The last of Tigre’s six was in 2019. The last of Sarmiento’s two relegations dates back to 2017.
Huracán fell four times, with a closer reference dating back to 2011, the same as Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, which has already had five declines.
Unión, five relegations in total, went down for the last time in 2013 and the other big club in Santa Fe, Colón, accumulates two, one in 1981 and another in 2013/14.
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