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Newells Old Boys vs Boca Juniors Predictions

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Newells Old Boys
Boca Juniors

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Tip Reasoning

Monday’s Superliga Argentina action features an interesting looking clash between Newell’s and Boca. A close game is expected to be in order, with little looking like separating the two.

After a strong end to 2018 in charge, Hector Bidoglio now finds himself in permanent  control of Newell’s and with legendary midfielder Maxi Rodriguez having returned to the club, there’s a feeling of renewed vigour around La Lepra at the moment. Currently stationed in 13th in the Superliga, the side will be aiming for a strong end to the season, with continental places up for grabs.

Kicking 2019 off with a game against the champions certainly doesn’t make for easy reading, but Newell’s are typically very strong at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa and will be confident in their ability to challenge the visitors. They’ve lost just 1 of their last 7 home games and having won the latter two of those and with a capacity crowd expected, Boca will arrive knowing they won’t be in for an easy ride.

Indeed, new Boca boss Gustavo Alfaro’s reign could have kicked off in easier fashion and with spirits still low in away ranks after a devastating Copa Libertadores final defeat to arch enemy River Plate, it remains to be seen if the visitors will be able to get off to a strong start to 2019.

Currently trailing league leaders Racing by 12 points, but holding 2 games in hand, El Xeneize need to do exactly that, starting in this one. Still possessing one of the Superliga’s strongest squads, Boca cannot be ruled out of the title equations just yet, but it’s games like Monday’s which they need to start winning more regularly, having claimed 3 points in just 2 of their last 10 away league matches.

Ultimately, whilst it’s Boca who are undoubtedly the stronger of the two on paper, morale is higher in Newell’s ranks at this moment in time and we’re expecting a pretty even, balanced contested. Newell’s support mean they are never a trip to be looked forward to and we’re confident they’ll more than play their part in this fixture.

All things considered, backing a draw looks to provide excellent value and is exactly where our money is going. Newell’s rarely lose at home and whilst Boca’s quality means they’re unlikely to lose the game, they’ve drawn 4 of their last 8 away league matches and could add to that streak, with a 1-1 stalemate on the cards.

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