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Mendoza BoCA Juniors vs River Plate Preview

January 29, 2012 By Gregory Sica
River Plate will be looking for sweet revenge when they clash with eternal rivals Boca Juniors in the second and final superclasico of the summer on Sunday.
The crosstown rivals clash in what is expected to be another fiercely-contested encounter at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza on Sunday.

While Boca come into the derby with high spirits, after having beaten River 2-0 in Chaco midweek, their rivals will be hoping to avenge their defeat with what would be a boosting victory.

River, who were relegated to the Argentine second division midway through last year, have reinforced their squad with several high-profile players this season in an attempt to warrant a prompt return to the Argentine top-flight.

River coach Matias Almeyda, will field his strongest possible line-up to confront the clash, in order to increase their chances of obtaining a victory, even if Los Millonarios visit Almirante Brown in the restart of the Argentine second division on February 5.

If River manage to beat Boca, the winners of the Copa Luis B. Nofal will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Taking into account Boca's upcoming agenda, Julio Falcioni, the coach of the club, has decided to rest some players for the debut of the Copa Argentina against Santamarina of Tandil in Salta on Thursday.

Once again Boca won't count with the presence of playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, as well as Clemente Rodriguez, Diego Rivero, Santiago Silva, Dario Cvitanich, who all didn't travel to Mendoza, as didn't Matias Caruzzo, who is sidelined with an inflamed left knee.

Due to this, Falcioni will be forced into making several modifications to his squad, with Juan Sanchez replacing the suspended Facundo Roncaglia and Sergio Araujo in for Pablo Mouche. While Falcioni has yet to decide whether Walter Erviti or Nicolas Colazo will start the game. The coach is also in doubt as whether to replace Leandro Somoza with Cristian Erbes.

Meanwhile, Almeyda has already confirmed his starting eleven, with the obvious exclusion of the suspended Alejandro Dominguez, who was sent-off against Boca. Lucas Ocampos will return to the side, and will replace youngster Federico Andrada.

French striker David Trezeguet will start from the kick-off in the place of Rogelio Funes Mori, while Lucas Abecasis, Juan Manuel Diaz and Venezuelan midfielder Cesar Gonzalez will replace Luciano Vella, Carlos Arano and Dominguez, respectively.


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