Top of the form table, Newell’s have a chance to return to the top of the league table proper if they can beat the visiting Santafesinos tonight.
Gerardo Martino – once voted Old Boys’ greatest ever player – has turned the club around since his return, instilling a new stubbornness in defence. No side has conceded fewer goals than the Lepers in the Clausura, and this is testament to the work of ‘Tata’, who took Paraguay to a surprise Copa America final last summer.
Unión are not a bad team, but their hosts have won four of their six home games under Martino’s reign, never conceding a goal when they’ve come out on top.
The visitors have a couple of away wins this campaign but they’ve both come against teams in turmoil, while they’ve taken just a point from their last three on the road, including a 4-0 humiliation at 4th place Tigre last time out.
Everything seems to point to the home win at 1.8, which is what we will be backing, although there is also decent support for Unión NOT to score at 2.1.