Argentine Primera 2012, Week 3 Preview And Fixtures: Julio Falcioni, Gerardo Martino Conspire To Kill You

Boca Juniors manager Julio Cesar Falcioni directs his team during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Boca Juniors. Boca plays Newell's Old Boys in the Argentine Primera on February 25, 2012. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Boca and Newell's play the biggest match in Argentina this weekend, but it will probably melt your eyes.

Over their last two matches, Boca Juniors have not scored or conceded a goal. Against Zamora in Copa Libertadores and against Union in the league, 0-0 draws. This week, they take on Gerardo Martino's Newell's Old Boys. That would be the Gerardo Martino that masterminded Paraguay to a Copa America final appearance without winning a single game in the competition. Newell's have a 1-1 draw on the road and a 1-0 home win this year.

Surely, you see where this is going. Julio Falcioni and Gerardo Martino are conspiring to kill you. If you watch their two teams play this weekend, you will see two teams keeping their shape, reluctant to get forward. Even with the legendary Juan Roman Riquelme in the game, you may die of boredom. The good news is that there are other matches in Argentina this weekend, because that's how football leagues work.

Union are fighting to get out of the relegation playoff places and might be catching Belgrano at the right time. Though the side that relegated River Plate had a good Apertura and are no danger of going back down, they looked very poor last week in a 4-1 loss to Olimpo. Belgrano and Union play the round's opening match, and both teams will be desperate for points.

Estudiantes La Plata will be getting Juan Sebastian Veron back from suspension this week, which might make them watchable. They were poor in last week's 1-1 draw against San Lorenzo and will be expected to get all three points at home against Independiente, who have nothing going for them but their name and their support at the moment. Though, that's also the case for San Lorenzo. They travel away to Argentinos Juniors, where they will get nothing and like it.

Sunday's best match features Velez Sarsfield -- who look like early favorites in Argentina -- up against fellow Copa Libertadores competitors Arsenal de Sarandi. Arsenal have drawn both of their matches in the league and are coming off of a 3-0 win over Zamora in the Libertadores. Their attack is solid, but they could struggle away to Velez.

Lanus are the only team with six points in Argentina, and they round out the week with a match against San Martin on Monday. At home, they will be expected to take all three points again.


Belgrano vs. Union - Friday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Atletico Rafaela vs. All Boys - Friday, 7:15 p.m. ET
Colon vs. Olimpo - Saturday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Estudiantes vs. Independiente - Saturday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Argentinos Juniors vs. San Lorenzo - Saturday, 7:10 p.m. ET
Racing vs. Banfield - Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET
Velez Sarsfield vs. Arsenal - Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET
Boca Juniors vs. Newell's Old Boys - Sunday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Godoy Cruz vs. Tigre - Sunday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Lanus vs. San Martin - Monday, 7:15 p.m.

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