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Both these sides are struggling at the moment but one of them is struggling more than the other as there’s five points between them as of this moment. Atletico San Luis are hanging in there but Atlas look like they might sink any time now.
The latter are currently in 17th place, second from bottom, with only two wins on board all season. The former haven’t been great themselves in 12th place with just three wins all season. A few draws have helped them sit a little higher up the table.
A win would be a massive confidence booster for both sides but their inconsistencies don’t suggest a positive outcome for either. The two sides have faced each other 15 times before with Atletico San Luis coming out on top on eight occasions, Atlas coming out on top on three occasions and four matches ending in a draw. This one’s fairly hard to predict because both sides will believe that this is the sort of game that can turn their fortunes around for the season.
Atletico San Luis will be favorites in this one but Atlas could have just enough to sneak in a draw with the home crowd to fall back on. Atlas won’t get too many other opponents who will offer them the chance of getting some valuable points this season.
The last between these two sides took place back in January with Atlas coming out on top with a 1-0 victory. Atlas were certainly worthy winners on the day, taking 13 shots on goal with three finding the target. Ramon Juarez’s effort in the 64th minute was enough on the day.
Atletico San Luis won’t want to repeat a performance like this. They had 52% of the possession but only nine attempts on goal with three on target. They’ll need more this time and around and it will be a bit embarrassing if they can’t get all three points against one of the worst sides in the division.
Despite Atlas’ best efforts, they couldn’t break the deadlock against Mazatlan in midweek and had to succumb to yet another frustrating result. Atlas’ performance was worth at least a point. They had 58% of the ball but more importantly, they took 25 shots on goal with five on target as well. Mazatlan, on the other hand, took a paltry 13 shots on target in comparison with six on target.
Nicolás Benedetti’s goal in the 32nd minute turned out to be the difference in the end. Atlas will rue what could’ve been but if they keep putting in performances like that more often, the goals and the points will come. However, with the team struggling for points, it’s extremely discouraging to put on a performance like that and not have any points to show for it.
It will take real resolve from the team to put the same kind of effort again after the disappointment from the game against Mazatlan. Playing at home should give the side some encouragement that they can follow up the game against Mazatlan with another good performance.
The team has conceded 10 goals in their last six matches and this is an area that the team can certainly improve upon. This seems like a concentration issue because the last game showed that they had the upper hand but one move from the opposition was enough to get them all three points.
The team can’t be so leaky at the back. They don’t look like they’re ever going to get a clean sheet and that should be the focus in the next game. This should especially be the case in home games.
Their upcoming opponents haven’t been that much better but they’re managing to draw a few more games, which is helping them hang onto midtable. Atlas are losing far too many games. They’ve lost eight this season already. They’ve only drawn four.
It seems like the team gives up once they’re down or doesn’t have enough to hold on or to come back. A draw isn’t the best result but it’s something you can build on. Atlas aren’t expected to win most of their matches but the least they can do is not lose so many. They certainly shouldn’t be losing any at home.
Mauro Manotas will be out with a cruciate ligament injury.
No one really expected Atletico San Luis to get the better of league leaders Club America but it was a disappointing outing, nevertheless in the midweek game. Club American won by a comfortable scoreline of 3-0.
Atletico San Luis would’ve been highly frustrated with the concession of the first goal which came just before half-time. Jonathan Rodríguez got the goal before Diego Valdés and Henry Martín added to the tally quite early in the second half in the 54th and 57th minute respectively. Atletico San Luis were just inferior in every department, conceding 20 shots and 60% of the possession on the day. It’s a game that they’ll quickly have to get out of their system.
Atletico San Luis haven’t managed to beat Atlas in their last two away matches. This is clearly a weakness for this side. They’ve not got an away win in their last six matches and it doesn’t feel like that’s going to change against a struggling Atlas side. If they ever want to enter the upper bracket and drift away from mid table mediocrity, they’ll need to start doing more away from home.
Atlas aren’t in the best of shape at the moment, so Atletico San Luis will not have a better chance to do something about it. However, at the moment, it’s hard to see Atletico San Luis play with the sort of conviction that is required to win a game away from home against any side.
They’ve only scored 11 goals so far this season, which is lowest in the division. It’s not the sort of record any time likes to hold. Their upcoming opponents haven’t scored a lot themselves this season but are still far better with 14 so far.
Atletico San Luis’ defense hasn’t been too bad, having conceded only 17 goals so far. The likes of Jhon Murilla need to get their finishing boots on, having scored only three goals so far in 16 games. This game has the makings of a low-scoring draw.
|Teams||Atlas vs Atletico San Luis|
|Time||Sunday, September 11 at 6:05 pm ET onwards|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and
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