Velez Sarsfield vs Newell’s Old Boys
Argentina – Superliga
Date: Friday, 10 August 2018
Kick-Off at 23:00 UK / 00:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires.
Velez Sarsfield and Newell’s Old Boys take on each other as the new Argentine Superliga season kicks off on Friday evening.
Both teams had underwhelming campaigns in the previous term of the competition, especially the six-time champions Newell’s who ended it at a disappointing 22nd place out of 28 teams.
The main reason for such poor record they had last year can be found in dreadful displays on travels.
La Lepra had a devastating record of 1 win, 2 draws and 10 defeats in 13 away fixtures of the season. They scored just seven goals in 13 games on the road.
Velez, on the other side, made a poor start to the last term campaign and the streak of four wins and a draw in last five games of the season counted for little as they’ve been too far away from the battle for continental competitions spots.
Velez Sarsfield vs Newell’s Old Boys: Head-to-head
- Teams have 14 wins apiece coming into their landmark 40th head to head encounter.
- Interestingly, none of last four H2H games saw goals at both ends.
- Five of last seven H2H matches ended in home wins, two finished in draws.
Velez won 11 and lost 5 of 20 clashes with La Lepra at Estadio Jose Amalfitani.
Velez Sarsfield vs Newell’s Old Boys: Prediction
Velez enjoyed a much stronger finish to the last season, but its La Lepra who will enter this match in higher spirits.
They dispatched Defensores Unidos 3-0 at home last weekend in Copa Argentina. Goals came from Luis Leal, Mariano Bitolo and Hector Fertoli.
On the other side, El Fortin shockingly fell to lower-division Central Cordoba SE at the same competition a month ago.
They drew 1-1 in the regular 90 minutes before suffering elimination on penalties (3-4).
Nevertheless, we doubt the cup loss affected Gabriel Heinze’s troops who have to be considered favourites to pick up the spoils.
This is because of both the H2H trend as well as Newell’s horrific record in away matches from the last season of Superliga.
Velez Sarsfield vs Newell’s Old Boys: Bet Tips
Velez Sarsfield to win @ 1.90
Velez Sarsfield to keep a clean sheet @ 2.10.