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Jul 3, 2022 at 12.30am UK at Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo
Gimnasia
1 - 0
Defensa
Muro (78')
Cardozo (22'), Gorosito (57'), Aleman (81'), Cecchini (90+4')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Alanis (19'), Rodriguez (53'), Cardona (53')

Preview: Gimnasia vs. Defensa y Justicia - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Argentine Primera Division clash between Gimnasia and Defensa y Justicia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two sides in entirely different form, high-flyers Gimnasia will welcome strugglers Defensa y Justicia on Saturday night.

Only one side in the division have taken more points than Gimnasia so far this season, whereas Defensa y Justicia are struggling for form at the bottom of the division.


Match preview

Catching the Argentine Primera Division somewhat by surprise, Gimnasia have dominated the second phase of the league season so far and remain unbeaten after five matchdays.

Granted, their fixtures have not thrown up the trickiest of tests, but three wins and two draws from five fixtures represents an impressive points return.

Back-to-back wins from their recent matches against Racing Club and Rosario have caused the Primera Division to take notice of the work that Gimnasia are doing, with the club from La Plata showing no sign of letting up.

In sharp contrast, Defensa y Justicia are operating at the opposite end of the table having picked up four points from their five fixtures.

Of those five matches, Defensa y Justicia are yet to win one, with all four of their points coming from draws.

Worrisome maybe, Defensa y Justicia will take confidence from the fact that they have only suffered one defeat in the second phase of the season.

Despite their differences in form, Defensa y Justicia do hold the upper-hand as far as head-to-head records are concerned.

Three victories from their last four meetings with Gimnasia is complemented by the fact that Defensa y Justicia last lost against the La Plata outfit in May 2019.

Gimnasia Argentine Primera Division form:
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W

Gimnasia form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W

Defensa y Justicia Argentine Primera Division form:
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • D

Defensa y Justicia form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • D


Team News

While they may be enjoying their football of late, Gimnasia are without two of their first-team players, with the most significant absence being that of Cristian Tarragona, who is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Tarragona is suffering with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which is the same problem that Leandro Contin is currently recovering from, but the latter is set to return before the end of July.

Unlike their opponents, Defensa y Justicia do not have any injury concerns to report, meaning that a full-strength squad is expected to feature.

Nicolas Fernandez netted last time out for Defensa y Justicia, with the forward expected to start ahead of either Agustin Fontana or Lucas Albertengo.

Gimnasia possible starting lineup:
Rey; Enrique, Morales, Piris, Melluso; Chavez, Cardozo, Aleman, Acosta; Ramirez, Soldano

Defensa y Justicia possible starting lineup:
Unsain; Colombo, Rodriguez, Cardona, Sota; Cuello, Tripichio, Gutierrez, Pizzini; Albertengo, Fontana


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We say: Gimnasia 2-0 Defensa y Justicia

Gimnasia are making a statement with their football of late and their weekend clash against Defensa y Justicia looks like being no different.

Expect a comfortable victory for Gimnasia on Sunday morning as they look to maintain their place at the right end of the table.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.


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How you voted: Gimnasia vs Defensa

Gimnasia
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Draw
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Defensa y Justicia
15.8%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Racing ClubRacing1486025101530
2River PlateRiver Plate1492331121929
3Defensa y JusticiaDefensa147432619725
4Argentinos JuniorsArgentinos Jrs147432116525
5GimnasiaGimnasia147342420424
6Newell's Old BoysNewell's OB147251715223
7Sarmiento146351724-721
8BanfieldBanfield145451815319
9UnionUnion145271113-217
10San Lorenzo143651517-215
11Atletico TucumanTucuman142571323-1011
12TalleresTalleres14329921-1211
13Platense142481223-1110
14PatronatoPatronato1431101025-1510

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