Atletico Tucuman will be playing hosts to Lanus for their 21st fixture in the Superliga Argentina. Lanus is two points behind third-placed Argentinos Juniors and has the opportunity to go past them provided they win away from home. Atletico Tucuman on the other end is currently languishing at 14th with just 27 points board and have endured back-to-back defeats in the league recently.
Date- Sunday, February 23
Kick-Off- 6:20 AM (IST)
Venue- Estadio Monumental Jose Fierro
Leandro Diaz is undergoing suspension, which could make way for Matias Alustiza to start up top alongside Augusto Lotti. Federico Bravo is in contention of fitting in at midfield with Ricardo Zielinski likely to rotate. Alejandro Sanchez is likely to keep between the sticks.
Jose Sand impressed in the last game against Newell’s and should continue to feature up front along with Lautaro Acosta and Carlos Auzqui. Fernando Belluschi should start in central midfield, as Nicolas Thaller, Tomas Belmonte are our due to suspension, whereas, Facundo Quignon is doubtful to start. Alexander Bernabei could be persisted with at left-back.
TUC (Expected Playing 11)- Sanchez; Patron, Gissi, Oritz, Toledo; Heredia, Rojas, Bravo, Carrera; Lotti, Alustiza
LAN (Expected Playing 11)- Rossi; Placido, Valenti, Munoz, Bernabei; Belluschi, Esquivel, Moreno; Auzqui, Sand, Acosta
Javier Toledo could be pivotal on the attack for Atletico Tucuman. Toledo has four goals and two assists from 17 appearances in the league so far.
Jose Sand has been one of the standouts for Lanus. The 39-year-old has eight goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 71.7% from 1798 minutes in the Superliga.
Marcelo Oritz is one of the mainstays for Atletico Tuna. The centre-back averages 2.5 successful tackle per game and has two goals as well as an assist from 18 appearances this season.
Carlos Auzqui can pack a punch in the advanced role for Lanus. Auzqui has four goals and an assist with a pass accuracy of 65.6% from 1420 minutes in the league this season.
From the last six encounters between the two sides, it’s Lanus who has had the upper hand with four wins, while two games have ended on level terms. Atletico Tucuman hasn’t won a single game in that time period.
Lanus will be the favourites heading into the game considering their recent results versus Atletico Tucuman.
Goalkeeper- A Sanchez
Defenders- M Oritz, L Valenti, E Munoz, A Bernabei
Midfielders- L Heredia, R Carrera, M Moreno
Forwards- J Toledo, C Auzqui, J Sand
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