Unfortunately, due to lack of time I have not had the opportunity to make predictions for the first five rounds of the Apertura tournament.
My best points tally from Clausura 2011 was 16 points (5 correct scorelines & another correct outcome) and my worst was just 2 points, hopefully I can beat both of those records during Apertura 2011.
In the first game on Friday evening league leaders Atlético Rafaela host Newell's Old Boys. The two sides have not met in a competitive game for many years so the head-to-head stats are pretty much useless. Newell's have looked much better than they did as they struggled to a 19th place in the Clausura however I fancy the home side to continue the top of the table feel good factor for at least one more round with a win in this game.
The second game features two sides with ambitions to finish in the top five, San Lorenzo suffered an embarrassing 0-1 home defeat to Belgrano last weekend and they have not scored more than a single goal in an away game against Colón since 1995.
In the early kick off on Saturday Godoy Cruz will attempt to bag their third consecutive league win and their fifth game without defeat in all competitions when they face All Boys. The only time this fixture has been played before in the top flight was a 1-0 win for Godoy Cruz at the back end of Clausura 2011, only a few months ago.
Estudiantes have only won two of their previous 22 games, and one of them was their midweek win against Arsenal which was not enough to prevent them from being eliminated from Copa Sudamericana, it did however end their astonishing run of 9 home games without a win. Tigre will be tough opponents, they are fighting for Primera Division survival and have started the season pretty well.
Saturday's last game features two of the most entertaining sides from Clausura 2011. Racing Club have started the Apertura in fine form but their visitors Olimpo have struggled after losing many of their key players from last season. Racing have a surprisingly poor home record against Olimpo having only won two of the previous six encounters. the most recent encounter between the sides was a thoroughly enjoyable 4-3 win for Racing, hopefully Saturday's encounter will be of similar entertainment value.
As the results come in I will fill in the actual scores and colour code the predicted scores, green for exact scoreline , yellow for correct result and red for completely wrong. Each green score gets three points, each yellow score gets one point and red scores get nothing. If you fancy playing along fill out your predictions in the comments below to see if you can beat mine.
|Atlético Rafaela||0-0||Newell's Old Boys||2-1|
|Godoy Cruz||6-1||All Boys||2-0|
|Boca Juniors||1-0||San Martín (SJ)||2-0|
Score: 4, just breaking even on results, but no exact scores.