It’s a weekend packed full of derbies in Argentina, this one. No fewer than four of the ten top flight matches being played in this round are clásicos, with all of the ‘Big Five’ being involved in one: San Lorenzo host arguably the sixth grande, Huracán; Boca Juniors are at home to Independiente, and Racing entertain River Plate. As I type, Gimnasia vs Newell’s Old Boys is already underway down in La Plata, but you can get all the kick off times and referees right here. No matches on Sunday this weekend, due to the May Day events (for which, bizarrely to this Brit, Argentines don’t get an extra day off when the 1st falls on a weekend).
All kick off times are local. Add four hours for British Summer Time, take one off (I think) for North American Eastern Standard Time.
Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, twelfth round
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata vs Newell’s Old Boys (Fri, 17:10; refereed by C. Maglio)
Banfield vs Quilmes Atlético Club (Fri, 20:10; P. Loustau)
San Lorenzo de Almagro vs Huracán (Sat, 14:00; G. Favale)
All Boys vs Asocación Atlética Argentinos Juniors (Sat, 14:00; S. Laverni)
Racing Club vs River Plate (Sat, 16:10; S. Pezzotta)
Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba vs Arsenal Fútbol Club (Sat, 18:20; P. Lunati)
Club Estudiantes de La Plata vs Vélez Sarsfield (Sat, 20:20; H. Baldassi)
Club Olimpo vs Tigre (Mon, 16:00; D. Abal)
Colón vs Lanús (Mon, 18:10; M. Vigliano)
Boca Juniors vs Independiente (Mon, 20:20; N. Pitana)
As ever, keep an eye on my Twitter feed (link in the blurb below) for links to the weekend’s main games.
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