Saturday, December 11, 2010

Who Will Play In Place Of Estigarribia?

Having received a red card for perhaps the stupidest foul of the Apertura, the biggest question for Newell's Old Boys is who will play on the left side of midfield in place of Marcelo Estigarribia. So far there are three possible answers: Franco Dolci, Cristian Díaz and Federico Dominguez.

I have seen both Dolci and Díaz in action, and either one could do well enough. Dominguez, on the other hand, has only made two appearances off the bench for Newell's in the Apertura. Digging around a bit I did discover that the last game he played in was the 2-0 victory over Tigre, so perhaps tossing him into the line-up could bring the team some luck.

Another man facing suspension is Gabriel Cíchero, who earned his fifth yellow card against Olimpo, but his replacement is pretty predictable: Ignacio Fideleff.

The final change is at goalkeeper, as the team no longer can qualify for the Copa Libertadores there is no reason for Sebastián Peratta to continue playing with a fractured finger. Nahuel Guzmán will take his place between the posts.

So here then is Newell's probable starting eleven for the final match of the Apertura:

Nahuel Guzmán
Agustín Alayes, Rolando Schiavi, Ignacio Fideleff
Luciano Vella, Diego Mateo, Lucas Bernardi, ?
Mauro Fórmica
Mauricio Sperdutti, Daniel Salvatierra

Colón will most likely begin the match with:

Diego Pozo
Ronald Raldes, Ariel Garcé, Marcelo Goux
Ismael Quilez, Iván Moreno y Fabianesi, Cristian Ledesma, Juan Quiroga
Damián Díaz
Federico Higuaín, Joaquín Larrivey

Oh, and their coach? Our old friend Fernando Gamboa.

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