The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a goalless draw against Velez Sarsfield in a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie last Wednesday, while Godoy Cruz got the better of Colon 1-0 in their previous league fixture.
River Plate will host Godoy Cruz in an Argentine Primera Division fixture at El Monumental on Sunday evening. The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a goalless draw against Velez Sarsfield in a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie last Wednesday, while Godoy Cruz got the better of Colon 1-0 in their previous league fixture. River Plate are currently sitting at the 16th spot in the table with 8 points from 6 games, while the visitors, who have collected 10 points, occupy ninth spot.
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The Millionaires have been going through a tough patch, failing to score in both legs of their Libertadores round of 16 clash, losing out to Velez Sarsfield 1-0 on aggregate. Meanwhile River Plate’s most recent league fixture at Huracan ended in a 3-2 defeat. Jonathan Glavan scored once while Franco Cristaldo netted a brace for the hosts on July 3. Meanwhile, goals from Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and Julian Alvarez reduced the deficit of River Plate. Despite the poor start to their second phase of the domestic season, River sit third in the aggregate table, three points behind the leaders Racing.
Godoy Cruz, on the other hand, got the better of Colon courtesy of Tadeo Allende’s lone strike in the 57th minute. Tomba has won two of their last three games. Head coach Favio Orsi has built a team with a strong back four that has conceded the second-fewest goals to date (five) in the second phase of the Argentine Primera Division. On the flip side, Tomba hasn’t been very good in the attacking department, not creating many goal-scoring chances.
River Plate goalkeeper Franco Armani, who managed to keep a clean sheet in the last outing, is expected to start in goal with Mammana and diz in front of him in the central defence. Janatan Maidana will be suspended for Sunday’s encounter following his dismissal in the defeat to Huracan last Saturday. As for Godoy Cruz, their leading goal-scorer Salomon Rodriguez would lead the attack with Ponce operating behind him in a free role. Ojeda and Allende would occupy the flanks with Abrego and Andrada sitting in front of the back-four.
River Plate probable starting lineup: Armani; Casco, Mammana, Diaz, Gomez; Quintero, Perez, Barco, De La Cruz; Romero, Suarez.
Godoy Cruz probable starting lineup: D. Rodriguez; Lopez, Ferrari, Barrios, Negri; Abrego, Andrada; Ojeda, Ponce, Allende; S Rodriguez
The Argentine Primera Division encounter between River Plate and Godoy Cruz will take place at El Monumental and it will kickoff at 5:00 am IST on July 11, Monday.
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