Belgrano vs Banfield Predictions

Belgrano vs Banfield predictions for Monday night Argentina Primeira Division clash. Both teams are heading to the Julio Cesar Villagra Stadium in bad form. Read on for our free match preview and betting tips. 

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Belgrano vs Banfield Predictions

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Struggling Forces Clash

Key Stats
– Belgrano’s Fortress: Belgrano have lost just one game at home in the current campaign, turning the Julio Cesar Villagra Stadium into a formidable fortress for their opponents.
– Banfield’s Travel Woes: Banfield have struggled on the road, losing their last three away games without scoring a single goal. This streak suggests a difficulty in translating their home form to away fixtures.
– Belgrano’s Scoring Balance: Despite their recent form slump, Belgrano have maintained an equilibrium between goals scored and goals conceded, with 17 for each. This balance indicates their resilience and ability to bounce back from setbacks.

In the midst of the Argentine Primera Division’s 21st round, two sides trapped in a drought of victories—Belgrano and Banfield—are set to clash at the Julio Cesar Villagra Stadium on Monday evening. Both teams have been unsuccessful in replicating the triumphant feeling of a win, having only experienced it once in their last five top-tier matches. Despite their similar run of outcomes, the hosts have managed to maintain a slightly superior performance over the same period.

Fall From Grace: Belgrano’s Dwindling Form

The diminishing performance of Belgrano since the end of April has left spectators in shock, especially considering their preceding robust six-match unbeaten stretch across all tournaments. The unexpected defeat against Independiente on April 30th was anticipated as an aberration but instead marked the start of a downturn in form.

Following that match, Belgrano only managed to clinch two victories in their next six games, while suffering three losses. This regression is worrisome, and Guillermo Farre, the longstanding manager, is under pressure to restore the 10th-placed Marron’s former glory.


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Nevertheless, Belgrano’s shortcomings have been largely limited to their away games. The team’s track record at the Julio Cesar Villagra Stadium paints a different picture. The squad has only faced one loss throughout this season at their home ground—a 2-0 defeat against Tigre in late February. The team’s performances at home have been inspiring since then, resulting in four victories from the subsequent seven games. Their knack for not conceding—six clean sheets since the Tigre defeat—gives them the upper hand to obtain maximum points from this encounter.

The Banfield Challenge: A Tale of Replacement and Rebound

Banfield’s series of unsuccessful results led to the departure of their manager, Javier Sanguinetti. However, the appointment of Julio Cesar Falcioni on May 10 hasn’t yet shown the expected turn of tide. Four defeats marked Falcioni’s first five games at the helm, with a solitary win against Rosario Central. The team’s recent 3-0 Copa Argentina victory over Argentino de Merlo could be the stimulus required for a season’s turnaround. However, the fifth-division opponents’ quality leaves a margin of doubt as to how much weight should be given to this cup victory.

Returning to league football, the second-from-bottom Banfield are hoping to clinch their fifth win of the season. They face an uphill task as they have suffered back-to-back defeats leading up to their 21st-week showdown. Furthermore, their dismal away record—three consecutive away losses without scoring and a single away win all season—doesn’t inspire much confidence.

The Clash: Team News and Lineups

In terms of squad updates, Belgrano’s Francisco Oliver is still out due to his ligament rupture in March. Similarly, Erik Godoy and Mariano Mino are also unlikely to feature due to muscle injuries. Furthermore, manager Farre might have to make a tough call at left-back considering Alex Ibacache’s recurring in-game issues. Lucas Diarte might earn a starting berth if Farre decides to alter the lineup.

On the Banfield side, long-term absentee Alexis Maldonado is still sidelined due to a ligament injury he sustained over a year ago. Additionally, Emanuel Insua’s dismissal in the last game against River Plate means Alejandro Maciel is expected to step in as the defender, and Luis Mago will likely shift to full-back.

Predictions: A Home Victory with Both Teams Scoring

Based on their respective forms and strengths, it would not be far-fetched to predict a home victory for Belgrano. While the hosts have been inconsistent lately, their track record at the Julio Cesar Villagra Stadium could tip the scales in their favour. Moreover, considering Banfield’s poor run of form away from home and their inability to keep a clean sheet, the chances of the Marron securing maximum points seem high.

However, it is also important to consider the possibility of both teams scoring in this fixture. Despite their unconvincing results, both Belgrano and Banfield have demonstrated an ability to find the back of the net in their recent games. Belgrano have managed to score in three of their last five matches, while Banfield have done so in four. Hence, even though Banfield’s away form is lacklustre, they could still get on the scoresheet.

The clash could also serve as a turning point for both sides to regain momentum and rise in the league standings. While the hosts aim to break into the top half of the table, the visitors are looking to claw their way out of the relegation zone. It will be interesting to see how both teams approach this match. As far as the correct score is concerned, my prediction is to back a 2-1 win for Belgrano which is based on the considerations made above. 

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