The Argentine Liga is one of the most exciting leagues in world football. Of course, there is no touching the top five leagues in Europe at the moment. However, the quality inherent in this country is definitely top-class.
The Superclasico between Buenos Aires rivals, Boca Juniors and River Plate is regarded as one of the fiercest derbies in the world. Indeed, Albiceleste legend, Gabriel Batistuta has been one of the few players to play for both teams.
River Plate is the defending champion. They will be keen to retain it amid competition from the likes of Etudiantes and Boca Juniors.
The second phase of the competition which is set to run till October has begun with two matches played averagely so far.
With almost all the major leagues done for the season, punters have switched their attention to the Argentine Primera division.
Similarly, some patterns have emerged following the conclusion of the first phase.
Here are four bet options that could help smart punters reap great rewards.
Under 3.5 Goals In Matches Involving Newell’s Old Boys
While being one of the oldest clubs in Argentina, their success, in terms of club trophies, has been relatively average.
Even then, they have continued to live on the goodwill of some of their past legends, not least, Lionel Messi who played for the youth team.
And yet, it is fair to acknowledge the progress they have made this season. After ending the last campaign in 19th position, the Lepers finished this term’s first phase in 5th place.
Early days, still, but they are currently placed second behind Estudiantes after three matches in the second phase.
Observably, Javier Sanguinetti has fortified his rather leaky defence. They conceded 15 goals in 14 matches played in the first phase. In three matches in the new phase, they have let in just one goal.
Victor Velasquez and Willer Dita have combined for three clean sheets in their last five matches. They have conceded more than one goal just once in their last 10 league matches.
This option looks sure to deliver for smart punters.
Estudiantes Double Chance
Estudiantes is right to have high hopes this season given the strides it has made so far.
Los Pincharratas finished top of Group B in the first phase with 28 points. And with three matches played in the second phase, they lead on the log.
No team has outscored Ricardo Zielinski’s men- not in the first phase or now. The Argentine coach has prioritised the attack in his model, giving freedom to his offensive wards.
Little wonder 37-year old Mauro Boselli has scored 12 goals this season.
Estudiantes lost just twice in the first phase. It is logical to think that in this phase, losses will come few and far between.
This is a must-have option for every smart punter.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving River Plate
Last season’s champions have not begun this phase particularly well. They have drawn their opening two matches without scoring a goal.
However, it is smart to understand that this is not a trend that will last the haul. Martin Gallardo, in fact, does not seem too worried about their current form.
They were the second-highest scorers in the first phase with 31 goals. And certainly, they are missing their talisman, Julian Alvarez. The forward famously scored six goals in their Copa Libertidores match against Alianza Lima last month.
One cannot but see that once they start scoring and get into their groove, it will be difficult to stop them.
Eight out of 14 matches played in the first phase ended with over 2.5 goal margins.
There is plenty to play for in the coming weeks and we can expect the champions to arrest this slump.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Racing Club
Racing club ended last season in 15th place and after two matches so far, they retain the same position.
And yet, they topped Group A with 30 points and without losing in the first phase.
La Academia also failed to qualify for the knockouts of the Copa Sundamericana after losing at home to River Plate.
Fernando Gago has done quite a remarkable job since he joined in October last year. However, the former player will be keen to impress in this phase and at least qualify for the continent next season.
Nine of 14 matches involving Racing club ended with over 1.5 goal margins in the first phase. So far, too, at least two goals have been scored in their opening encounters.
This is an excellent option for intelligent punters looking to cash out big in the Argentine Liga.