Junior to face Once Caldas to overcome Nacional draw

Once Caldas
Metropolitano Stadium at a Junior Game. Photo Credit: Francisco Moreno

The Sharks will have the opportunity to once again defeat Once Caldas, next Sunday in Manizales to overcome their last result in the Aguila League, and get back in the fight for the lead.

The last minute equalizer against Atletico Nacional not only left Junior without the first place at the table but moved the team into the fourth place overall. Now with most of the squad available, coach Alexis Mendoza will be free to choose a strong line-up to get back the position they had for most of the year.

The Barranquilla native manager plans on making three changes regarding the previous match. On defense, he will give Juan “Carachito” Dominguez his place back as a left back and in the midfield, James Sanchez, and Jarlan Barrera will be part of the starting eleven. On the other side, the home team will be arriving at this game in the mid-table position of the League (ninth), with 16 points in twelve games. They will seek a win to take the last spot in the playoff qualifying zone, which is with one more unit, a temporary property of Deportivo Cali (eighth).

This game is not strictly a must-win for Junior, but a draw would jeopardize the chance to get the home benefits in the playoff. Defeat, meanwhile, would almost certainly let the Eagles, Nacional, and Millonarios escape alone in the top of the table.

The possible lineup will be: Sebastián Viera; David Murillo, Alexis Pérez, Jorge Arias, Juan Guillermo Domínguez; James Sánchez, Guillermo Celis; Jarlan Barrera, Vladimir Hernández; Roberto Ovelar and Édinson Toloza.

This game with Once Caldas will start at four p.m. next Sunday, April 17. After last week’s player protest, this thirteenth match day will be the last one played with the early schedules, started initially as a DIMAYOR initiative to support the government’s request to save energy.

Aguila League Table - Week 12
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Fran graduated from Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina in Journalism and Sports Journalism. Before returning to his native Barranquilla, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America. When he’s not busy writing or reporting on a game, he’s probably watching whatever sports news is on TV. He also enjoys dancing, learning new languages and cultures.