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Defensa y Justicia host visitors Vélez Sarsfield at Estadio Norberto Tomaghello in this Superliga fixture on Saturday.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for Defensa y Justicia v Vélez Sarsfield - as well as the best betting odds.
Defensa y Justicia
Defensa y Justicia will be wanting a better result here following the 2-1 Superliga loss in their previous game against Godoy Cruz.
In that game, Defensa y Justicia managed 57% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Defensa y Justicia was Francisco Pizzini (14'). For their opponents, Godoy Cruz got 15 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. Guillermo Ortiz (23') and Salomón Rodríguez (36') scored for Godoy Cruz.
It has been all too rare in recent games that Defensa y Justicia have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Defensa y Justicia have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 8 goals on the way. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will be continued on into this next match.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Defensa y Justicia:
- haven't lost in the league to Vélez Sarsfield in their last 3 matches.
- are undefeated in their previous 13 home league matches. An amazing run.
- are without a home win in the past 2 league games.
Vélez Sarsfield head into the match following a 2-0 Superliga win against Rosario Central in their previous outing.
In that match, Vélez Sarsfield managed 52% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 4 on target. For Vélez Sarsfield, goals were scored by Luca Orellano (6') and Damián Fernández (83'). At the other end, Rosario Central had 10 shots at goal with 5 on target.
Alexander Medina's Vélez Sarsfield have turned their attacks into goals a total of 10 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The aggregate of goals that have been scored against them during the equivalent period comes to 6.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings going back to 13/11/2016, there has been little between the sides with Defensa y Justicia winning 2 of those games, Vélez Sarsfield 2 and 2 being drawn in regulation time.
A sum of 12 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 from Halcón and 6 created by El Fortín. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.
The last league match between these clubs was Superliga match day 3 on 28/07/2021 when it finished Vélez Sarsfield 0-0 Defensa y Justicia.
That day, Vélez Sarsfield managed 72% possession and 12 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
For their opponents, Defensa y Justicia got 9 shots at goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Leandro Rey Hilfer.
Team News: Defensa y Justicia
The Defensa y Justicia boss Sebastián Beccacece will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns at all before this match owing to a fully injury-free squad available to choose from.
In all likelihood, Halcón could use a 4-2-3-1 system with Ezequiel Unsain, Nicolás Tripichio, Nazareno Colombo, Tomas Cardona, Alexis Soto, Kevin Gutiérrez, Gabriel Hachen, Walter Bou, Francisco Pizzini, Carlos Rotondi and Lucas Albertengo.
Team News: Vélez Sarsfield
Vélez Sarsfield boss Alexander Medina has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Diego Godín (Knock) and Lautaro Giannetti (Ruptured cruciate ligament) can’t be considered.
From our viewpoint, El Fortín seem likely to make use of a 4-2-3-1 system, starting Lucas Hoyos, Leonardo Jara, Damian Fernandez, Valentin Gomez, Francisco Ortega, Maximo Perrone, Nicolás Garayalde, Luca Orellano, Lucas Pratto, Lucas Janson and Abiel Osorio.
In our view, Vélez Sarsfield could find themselves struggling to find the net against this Defensa y Justicia lineup who should emerge victorious.
Therefore, we predict a good battle with a 1-0 advantage for Defensa y Justicia after 90 minutes.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Defensa y Justicia
Stadium: Estadio Norberto Tomaghello (20,000)
Captain: Ezequiel Unsain
Chairman: Diego Lemme
Manager: Sebastián Beccacece
Competitions: Superliga position 24, Copa de la Liga Profesional (Parent)