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The Superliga game at Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi on Tuesday will see hosts Estudiantes de La Plata go into battle with opponents Defensa y Justicia.
View all Estudiantes de La Plata v Defensa y Justicia tips, stats and our pre-match poll below including the latest game odds.
Estudiantes de La Plata
Estudiantes de La Plata head into this match following on from a 1-1 Superliga drawn game versus Rosario Central.
In that game, Estudiantes de La Plata managed 37% possession and 12 shots at goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for Estudiantes de La Plata was Mauro Boselli (14'). At the other end, Rosario Central had 18 shots on goal with 3 on target. Franco Frías (91') scored for Rosario Central.
A common aspect of recent Estudiantes de La Plata games is the high number of scores with a nil in them.
Taking their previous sextet of matches leading up to this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on BTTS would have been a losing one.
Defensa y Justicia
Defensa y Justicia will come into the game following a 2-1 Superliga win with the defeat of Argentinos Juniors in their previous game.
In that match, Defensa y Justicia managed 46% possession and 12 shots on goal with 5 on target. For Defensa y Justicia, the goals were scored by Andrés Ríos (43') and Gastón Togni (76'). On the other side, Argentinos Juniors got 10 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Gabriel Ávalos (24') scored for Argentinos Juniors.
The stats tell the story, and Defensa y Justicia have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 7 goals overall. At the back, Defensa y Justicia have clearly had some problems. It will be interesting to see whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head meetings stretching back to 17/12/2016 tells us that these encounters have ended in disappointment for Estudiantes de La Plata. They have not managed to register any victories at all while Defensa y Justicia have maintained the edge over them, winning in 83 per cent of those matches played.
An aggregate of 15 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 5 for Los Pincharratas and 10 being from Halcón. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
The previous league contest featuring these clubs was Superliga match day 16 on 16/10/2021 which ended up with the score at Defensa y Justicia 2-1 Estudiantes de La Plata.
In that match, Defensa y Justicia had 48% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The goalscorers were Miguel Ángel Merentiel (22') and Walter Bou (71').
On the other side, Estudiantes de La Plata got 8 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. Gustavo Del Prete (51') was the scorer.
The referee was Silvio Trucco.
Team News: Estudiantes de La Plata
Luciano Lollo (Torn muscle bundle) and Ezequiel Muñoz (Ruptured cruciate ligament) will not be taking part for Estudiantes de La Plata boss Ricardo Zielinski.
It seems likely that Los Pincharratas may well opt for a 4-4-2 formation in the match with Mariano Andujar, Leonardo Godoy, Jorge Morel, Fabián Noguera, Emmanuel Mas, Manuel Castro, Fernando Zuqui, Jorge Rodriguez, Franco Zapiola, Mauro Boselli and Mauro Méndez.
Team News: Defensa y Justicia
With a fully healthy group available for selection, the Defensa y Justicia boss Sebastián Beccacece does not have any fitness concerns to speak of before this clash.
We believe Halcón appear most likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 lineup, settling for Ezequiel Unsain, Tomás Galván, Adonis Frías, Nazareno Colombo, Alexis Soto, Kevin Gutiérrez, Nicolás Tripichio, Gabriel Alanis, Cristian Ortíz, Gastón Togni and Andrés Ríos.
Our thinking is that Estudiantes de La Plata will most probably get a lot of shots on goal and make them count.
At the same time, Defensa y Justicia will be up against it finding the net themselves but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be scoring here as well.
We’re therefore anticipating a comfortable 3-1 margin for Estudiantes de La Plata at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Estudiantes de La Plata
Stadium: Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi (30,018)
Captain: Mariano Andújar
Chairman: Martín Gorostegui
Manager: Ricardo Zielinski
Competitions: Superliga position 13, Copa de la Liga Profesional (Parent)
⭐ Key Man: Manuel Castro
Mostly playing in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Manuel Castro was born in Durazno, Uruguay. After having made a senior debut playing for Estudiantes de La Plata in the 2018 - 2019 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has contributed 2 league goals in this Primera División 2022 season so far coming from a total of 19 appearances.