There are only 9 points at stake in the 2010 Argentinean championship, and the gap that Estudiantes de la Plata and Velez Sarsfield have created from the rest makes them the only two real candidates to win it.
The devalued 2010 Argentinean Championship is coming to an end, and the non traditional teams are taking advantage of the terrible crisis in which big teams -Boca Juniors, River Plate, Independiente, San Lorenzo and Racing- are drowned. In the past eight tournaments no team has been able to repeat their success, but that is about to come to end, since Estudiantes de la Plata has the chance to experience once again the joy of the 2006/07 Apertura championship, and Velez Sarsfield has also the opportunity of reviving the 2008/09 Clausura title.
All the 20 teams have disputed 16 games so far, which only leaves 9 points at stake until the weekend of the end of the tournament on December the 11 and 12, and the advantage that Estudiantes and Velez have created above the rest makes it pretty easy to predict that the team that will replace Argentinos Juniors as the new champion will be one of them.
Estudiantes has 36 points, two more than Velez, and their closest contender is Arsenal de Sarandí with 28 that barely have any options for the title based on the performance from the leaders. Estudiantes not only has a slight advantage over Velez with this two-point difference, but also in the home field advantage since 2 of those 3 final games are at the Centenario Stadium against Argentinos on December 4 and Arsenal on the 12. Their away game will be played in between those two matches on December 8 versus River Plate.
The scenario for Velez is the following: they will visit Godoy Cruz and Racing on December 5 and 12 respectively, and will receive Huracan on the 8th at the Jose Amalfitani Stadium. Despite not being considered one of the traditional teams in Argentina, Velez prominence has risen from the 90's up to date product of the 1993, 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2009 Clausura titles, the 1995 Apertura championship, and the 1994 Libertadores de America trophy as well as the Intercontinental Cup that same year. They have also won less renowned tittles such as the Supercopa Sudamericana and Copa Interamericana in 1996, and the Recopa Sudamericana in 1997. And now they are after the gold brooch to celebrate their centenary, since they were founded on January 1st of 1910.
Meanwhile Estudiantes is enjoying of the boost that the arrival of Juan Sebastian Veron -former Argentinean National team captain and multi-champ through his 10 years of career in Europe- has produced in La Plata. With him the team was put back on the map, since they where able to end with a 23-year winning drought thanks to the 2006 Apertura title, and the 2009 Copa Libertadores championship.
This could the beginning of a new era in Argentinean soccer, and finally put an end to the supremacy that especially Boca Juniors and River Plate had enjoyed in the past decade.