Patronato v Newell’s Old Boys
2nd August 2021
🏟️ Estadio Presbítero Bartolomé Grella, Paraná
Riding high from a 4-2 home victory against Estudiantes last Thursday, Fernando Gamboa’s Newell’s Old Boys could make it 9 points from 12 in the new Liga AFA season if they beat Patronato on Monday night in Paraná.
Overall, it’s been a much improved Newell’s side after a disastrous first half of 2021. Gamboa has already settled on his preferred eleven and midfielder Nicolás Castro, who looks to be having a breakout season, is one of the first names on the team sheet having already contributed 2 goals and 3 assists in 3 games. Ignacio Scocco looks to be somewhat back to his best, having struggled under El Mono Burgos, and young Justo Giani is starting to show Gamboa that he deserves to be a starter having clocked 3 assists and a goal in the Estudiantes game.
The hosts have an identical record to Newell’s, with 2 wins and 1 loss, but come into Monday’s game off the back of a 2-0 defeat to unbeaten Independiente on Wednesday night. They’ve had an extra day to prepare for the Newell’s game and will be hoping to continue their home form that saw them defeat Sarmiento 2-0.
Patronato v Newell’s Team News
40-year-old Maxi Rodríguez is back in the Newell’s squad for the first time this season having recovered from injury. Jonatan Cristaldo is back in after serving a 1-match ban and should start for Newell’s. Franco Escobar and Julián Fernández are both out with injuries.
Patronato’s influential midfielder Franco Leys is back after missing the Independiente game and will replace Tiago Banega.
Patronato Probable XI: Matías Ibáñez, Lautaro Geminiani, Rolando García Guerreño, Oliver Benítez, Lucas Kruspzky, Gabriel Gudiño, Franco Leys, Brian Nievas, Nicolás Delgadillo, Héctor Canteros, Sebastián Sosa Sánchez.
📺 Watch Patronato v Newell’s on Monday 2nd August: Live on Fanatiz
⏰ Kick-off: 16.45 ARG | 20.45 UK