Deportivo Riestra v River Plate
Deportivo Riestra defied the odds to achieve promotion to the Argentine top tier for the first time in their history.
Although it was a magnificent achievement, they now face a mammoth task to stay there. There were plenty of debates if they would be allowed to play at their original home ground, Estadio Guillermo Laza, which is something you wouldn’t even see in the sixth tier of English football. Holding a capacity of less than 1,000, River may feel as though they are at a pre-season friendly rather than the 85,000 seat El Monumental stadium they are used to.
There’s no intimidating atmosphere here, which we believe hasn’t been considered into River’s price. Having drawn their opening match, the reigning champions have won their next two league games, including a 5-0 romp over Velez Sarsfield last time out.
Life, on the other hand, has been as difficult as expected for Riestra, as they are yet to score after three matches, collecting just one point in the process. That point came against Instituto, who played over 45 minutes with 10 men.
Riestra offered little to nothing in attack in their last home match vs Barracas, Riestra’s youngest player in the side was Nicolas Benegas (27), with seven starting players 30 or older. River have goals across their team, with both new and old faces already showcasing what they can do. Facundo Colidio, a former Inter Milan youth player, scored a brace against Velez last time out in the attacking midfield role deployed by Martin Demichelis.
Miguel Borja’s hat-trick in that match proved he can lead the line now Lucas Beltran has moved on to Fiorentina and why they are worthy favourites to win the title once again. It’s worth mentioning the hosts are also based in Buenos Aires, and so there’s limited travelling required for this fixture. River can send out another statement victory, and their price should be far shorter than what it is. Expect goals, a professional performance from the champions and another three points.
Goals is the play here as we can see River Plate potentially covering the over 2.5 line on their own.
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