Our Argentine readers will no doubt want to put the midweek international to the backs of their minds as quickly as possible, and the AFA are obliging them by getting league action back underway post haste. Friday night sees second-placed Colón visit fifth-placed Huracán, whilst Vélez vs Banfield on Saturday should be a good one. Américo Gallego has a tricky managerial debut for Independiente, who take on Lanús in El Sur, and Boca will be looking for revenge on Sunday: when they played Godoy in Mendoza during the Apertura they got royally thumped. Two clásicos this weekend: the La Plata derby, and the probable debut of Fa-Fa (that’s Fabbiani and Falcao) for River Plate in the country’s oldest rivalry as they visit Racing on Saturday.
All kick off times are local. Add four hours for British Summer Time.
Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2009, eighth round:
Arsenal Fútbol Club vs San Lorenzo de Almagro (Fri, 19:00)
Huracán vs Colón de Santa Fe (Fri, 21:15)
Racing Club vs River Plate (Sat, 16:10)
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy vs Tigre (Sat, 18:20)
Newell’s Old Boys vs Argentinos Juniors (Sat, 18:20)
Vélez Sársfield vs Banfield (Sat, 21:10)
Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata vs Estudiantes de La Plata (Sun, 15:00)
Boca Juniors vs Godoy Cruz (Sun, 17:10)
San Martín de Tucumán vs Rosario Central (Sun, 19:30)
Lanús vs Independiente (Sun, 19:30)
I’m turning a quarter of a century old on Saturday, so I’ll be out dancing rather than staying in watching football – a write-up of the Racing – River clásico will follow on Sunday, hopefully.