Argentine Primera 2012, Week 4 Preview And Fixtures: Will The Real Lanus Please Stand Up?

Mauro Camoranesi and Salvatore Bocchetti of Italy during Italy Training. Camoranesi came on as a sub in Lanus' loss to San Martin in Week 3 of the Argentine Primera 2012 Clausura. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Lanus looks to re-gain their form after a bad loss last week, while two teams are suddenly without managers and all of the title contenders face tough road tests.

With everyone else having already played, Lanus hosted San Martin on Monday in the final match of the third matchday of the Clausura. With a win, they would become the only team in Argentina to take all three points from their first three matches, which would have obviously put them top of the table. Instead, they were thoroughly outplayed by an average San Martin team at home in a 3-1 loss.

This week, Lanus goes away to Tigre where they have an excellent shot at redemption. Tigre, however, are a team that are in excellent form and fighting for their life in the Primera. In a relatively lackluster week of fixtures, Lanus' trip away to Tigre should make for the most compelling viewing. Lanus have the talent to challenge for the title, but much like they have in every tournament since their last triumph in the 2007 Apertura, they could be throwing away a title challenge by failing to win matches against teams they should beat easily.

Boca Juniors are also traveling away to a team fighting for their lives, and if their previous matches are any indication, they will need Juan Roman Riquelme to be brilliant if they want to defeat San Lorenzo. Boca have won every game this season in which Riquelme has scored or assisted a goal, and they have drawn 0-0 in both games in which he has done neither.

Two of Boca's main rivals for the title have tough, but winnable tests this weekend. Estudiantes La Plata go away to San Martin, while Velez Sarsfield have a difficult trip away to in-form All Boys.

Two teams are dealing with managerial transitions this week, though the two managers left under very different circumstances -- and neither was sacked. Banfield manager Jorge Da Silva left his post after just four games in charge to take over at Peñarol in Uruguay. Banfield were abysmal in their first two matches, but pulled off a stunning upset of Racing last week and face a tough test this week in Godoy Cruz. In much sadder news, Nestor Gorosito was seriously injured in a car accident this week and resigned his post as Argentinos Juniors manager. His injuries are not life-threatening, but he is likely to be in the hospital for most of the Clausura. They go away to a poor Independiente side. Both Banfield and Argentinos Juniors are still looking for new managers.

Oh, and there's a derby! Colon and Union contest the Santa Fe derby on Sunday, so tune in if you like violence!


Newell's Old Boys vs. Belgrano - Friday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Banfield vs. Godoy Cruz - Friday, 7:15 p.m. ET
All Boys vs. Velez Sarsfield - Saturday, 3:00 p.m. ET
Independiente vs. Argentinos Juniors - Saturday, 5:10 p.m. ET
San Martin vs. Estudiantes - Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
San Lorenzo vs. Boca Juniors - Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET
Union vs. Colon - Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET
Arsenal de Sarandi vs. Racing - Sunday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Tigre vs. Lanus - Sunday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Olimpo vs. Atletico Rafaela - Monday, 7:10 p.m. ET

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