The 177th league meeting of Avellaneda's clasico will take place on Saturday as both teams look to escape the middle of the table and move into contention...
|Racing Club: Fernandez; Martinez, Caceres, Aveldano; Pillud, Yacob, Toranzo, Licht; Hauche, Gutierrez, Luguercio.
|Independiente: Assmann; J.Velazquez, Tuzzio, Galeano, Mareque; Perez, Fredes, Pellerano; Rodriguez; Silvera, Nuñez.
- Racing's last victory came over a month ago when La Academia demolished Colon 4-0.
- In 176 meetings in league play, Independiente have won 68, Racing have won 46, and 62 have resulted in a draw.
- The largest goal difference between Avellaneda's clubs came during Independiente's 7-0 victory in November of 1940.
- The highest scoring game in Argentina league history came in Racing's 7-4 victory over El Rojo in September of 1931.
- Racing's Teofilo Gutierrez has scored five goals on the season and is one behind the league leader, Javier Campora of Huracan.
- Independiente are still looking for a consistent scorer in league play. Andres Silvera, Facundo Parra and Nicolas Cabrera each have two goals.
- Independiente have not lost to Racing in league play since a 3-1 loss in 2005.
- The stadiums of the two teams are 300 metres apart. The clubs also made Avellaneda the first city to host two Intercontinental Cup winners; Racing lifted the trophy in 1967 (against Celtic) while Independiente downed Juventus in 1973.
- Racing have only won one game at home this season, a 4-3 win over Olimpo.
- Independiente have had trouble finding the net on the road in the Clausura and since the Apertura. They have only scored two goals in a game one since the end of August, with the event occuring in early April.
- Barcelona's Gabriel Milito and Inter Milan's Diego Milito both played part in the rivalry. Gabriel was a star defender with Independiente for seven seasons, and Diego found the net 34 times during his six seasons at Racing.
October 10, 2010: Independiente 1-0 Racing Club
In the second meeting in the new-look Libertadores de America stadium, Cristian Baez found the net with a header late in the first half, sending the El Rojo to another victory over their rival. The result was a repeat of the Clausura 2010 outcome, when Dario Gandin's penalty secured another home triumph.
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