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Atlas are struggling this season and are not expected to beat Puebla this week despite playing at home.
Puebla to win (-125) at Caesars Sportsbook
Pick made on 08/18/2022 at 06:36 AM EST
Atlas are winless in their last three meeting with Puebla in Liga MX. They have lost twice – once each in Apertura and Clausura – and drawn the other.
The last meeting between these two sides took place in February this year, and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Both goals came in the final minutes of the match and it was a dramatic ending.
Julián Quiñones handed Atlas the lead in the 85th minute and that seemed like it was the winner. However, Guillermo Martínez managed to equalize in the 95th minute to share the points.
Puebla’s last win over Atlas was in Apertura last season when they picked up a 1-0 victory. They took the lead in the final seconds of the first half via Christian Tabó. The forward was forced off injured in the second half, but his goal helped them get the win they needed.
Atlas’s last win over Puebla was in the knockout stages of the 2021 Clausura. They did not have the majority of the ball but got the win with Jairo Torres scoring the lone goal. The dominating win saw them take 13 shots at goal, but only managed 3 on target. On the other hand, Puebla had just 4 shots in the game, with one on target, despite having more possession.
Defending champions Atlas are having a tough season and are yet to put on a commanding display. They have won just two games this season, while losing five times and drawing once.
The lack of results was not a result of the club not doing much in the transfer market. They did decently well with Julián Quiñones signing on a permanent deal after a stunning season on loan from Tigres UNAL. He was joined by Edison Flores, Mauro Manotas, and Idekel Domínguez this summer. Jesús Ocejo was loaned in, while Ozziel Herrera and Antonio Sánchez got promoted from the U20 side.
They kicked off their season with a goalless draw against Club America away from home. They were outplayed by the hosts, but still managed to come away with a point from the game.
The draw was followed by a loss to Toluca, who made the most of their chances. The home side scored thrice in the first 15 minutes of the game and then decided to sit back and defend. Atlas tried to make a comeback, but goals from Jesús Ocejo and Aldo Rocha were not enough to get them anything from the game.
Atlas managed to get their first win of the season when they hosted Cruz Azul. Jonathan Herrera gave them the lead in the 10th minute, but they were pulled back level by the away side in the 21st minute. Jeremy Márquez and Julián Quiñones scored in the 70th and 82nd minute to confirm their win, while Christian Tabó made it an exciting end by scoring Cruz Azul’s second goal in the 86th minute.
However, the win did not give them any confidence asn they went on to lose their next three matches. Tignes UNAL, Club Tijuana and Santos Laguna defeated them in consecutive games and left them searching for answers.
They found some in the next match when they faced Queretaro. After going down to 10 men, things got worse for Atlas as Ángel Sepúlveda scored for the away side in the 35th minute.
Omar Mendoza got sent off for the away side in the 61st minute to leave both sides playing the next 30 minutes with 10 men. Atlas made the most of the situation and made a comeback in the game. Luis Reyes scored from the spot in the 64th minute to level things up, with Jonathan Herrera and Julián Quiñones scoring the goals to confirm a 3-1 win for the home side.
Once again, they could not carry the momentum from the win to the next match and ended up sharing points with Guadalajara. The deadlock was broken by Julián Quiñones to hand Atlas the lead in the 63rd minute after both sides were reduced to 10 men in the first half.
Atlas seemed set to take all three points home, but Carlos Cisneros had other plans and helped Guadalajara get back on level terms. He scored in the 84th minute and both sides did not manage to do much in the final five minutes and settled for a draw.
Things went from bad to worse for Atlas as they were beaten by Juarez in the next game. Jesús Dueñas scored the game’s lone goal in the 65th minute to seal the win.
Mauro Manotas and Aldo Rocha remain out injured and will miss the game against Puebla.
Puebla made a great start to the season by beating Mazatlan and Santos Laguna. However, things have not gone their way lately, and they were finding it hard to get wins.
After missing out on automatic qualification in Clausura, Puebla went on and signed Iván Moreno and Gastón Silva on a free transfer, while Luis García, Jordi Cortizo and Pablo González were also brought this summer. Omar Fernández and Jozy Altidore came in on loan, with Martín Lagunes and Alberto Herrera getting promoted.
The additions to the squad improved the stakes for players, and they showed their willingness to fight for the badge on the pitch. They kicked things off with a 4-2 win over Mazatlan away from home. The win was followed by another when they hosted Santos Laguna. Gustavo Ferrareis scored the lone goal as they edged out a 1-0 result.
However, that turned out to be their last win of the season so far. Puebla have drawn six of their next seven matches and are finding it hard to get results.
Monterrey are the only side to defeat Puebla this season, but that was a shocking result. Stefan Medina scored the lone goal of the match and the home side managed to keep Puebla at bay.
Nicolas Larcamon’s side have been held by Club Leon, Cruz Azul, Atletico de San Luis, Toluca, Club Tijuana and Club Nexaca this season.
No player is injured or ruled out.
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|Teams||Atlas vs Puebla|
|Time||Saturday, August 20 at 8.05 pm ET|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
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