This weekend, no issues can be resolved, but a lot might become a little clearer. Two of the title-chasers meet on Monday, when Vélez Sarsfield, licking their wounds from their Copa Libertadores semi-final elimination, host Godoy Cruz. Gimnasia and Racing play in La Plata on Saturday, with Huracán desperately needing to get a win at home to Tigre if they’re to keep any realistic hopes of staying up. As I type, Arsenal de Sarandí and Olimpo are about to kick off in Sarandí. All the kick off times and referees are right here.
All kick off times are local. Add four hours for British Summer Time; subtract one for Eastern Standard Time in North America.
Primera División Torneo Clausura 2011, seventeenth round
Arsenal Fútbol Club vs Club Olimpo (Fri, 21:10; refereed by P. Lunati)
Banfield vs All Boys (Sat, 17:15; P. Loustau)
Newell’s Old Boys vs San Lorenzo de Almagro (Sat, 19:30; J.P. Pompei)
Quilmes Atlético Club vs Boca Juniors (Sun, 14:00; N. Pitana)
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata vs Racing Club (Sun, 16:00; G. Favale)
Huracán vs Tigre (Sun, 18:10; D. Abal)
River Plate vs Colón (Sun, 20:20; C. Maglio)
Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors vs Club Estudiantes de La Plata (Mon, 19:10; S. Laverni)
Vélez Sarsfield vs Club Deportivo Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba (Mon, 21:15; S. Pezzotta)
Independiente vs Lanús (Mon, 21:15; G. Delfino)
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