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Our Picks: CF Monterrey to win.
Monterrey displayed a dominating performance in their last fixture against Club Tijuana at home. Rogelio Mori (30’), Jesus Gallardo (36’), and Victor Samano (60’) netted one goal a piece for the hosts, while Carlos Gonzales (90+3’) found the consolation in injury time. The hosts will take a lot of inspiration from the performance, as they converted most of their chances on target into goals.
Club America will be wary of their formidable opponents in the upcoming match and hope to improve on their slender 4-3 win over Santos Laguna in the last match. Henry Martin (13’), Jonathan Rodriguez (19’), Julian Quinones (45+6’), and Alejandro Zendejas (76’) scored one goal each for Club America, while Juan Brunetta (2’), Harold Preciado (21’) and Emerson Rodriguez (52’) netted for the visitors.
CF Monterrey will be the favorites to inflict a loss on league leaders Club America. However, it is expected to be a close contest between the two top clubs in the 2023 Liga MX Apertura season.
Monterrey and Club America have shared an intense rivalry since their first meeting in 2019. Club America has the upper hand in the rivalry with 13 wins, Monterrey has won 10, and nine matches ended in a draw.
Club America hosted Monterrey in their previous meeting in Liga MX Clausura. The hosts dominated as they controlled most of the possession to clinch a 2-1 victory. Diego Valdes (36’) and Federico Vinas netted one goal each for Club America, while Maximiliano Meza (19’) scored the lone goal for Monterrey.
Monterrey have defended their fortress by winning four matches and losing one at home, while Club America are in fine form away from home as they have won three and drawn one match.
Hosts Monterrey will be eager to win against the league leaders and topple Tigres UANL to take the second spot. The hosts have accumulated 23 points in 12 matches, while the Tigres have 25 points after 13 fixtures. A win will help Monterrey climb to the second spot with 26 points after 13 matches.
The win will also be significant for Monterrey, reducing their gap with the hosts to four points with one match in hand.
The hosts will be without their key players German Berterame (foot injury), Joao Rojas (thigh injury), John Medina (ankle injury), Jordi Coritzo (shoulder injury), and Sergio Canales (thigh injury).
Berterame has netted once and assisted one, Rojas has two goals to his name, Medina has found the back of the net once, Coritzo has scored once and assisted twice, while Canales has scored thrice.
Additionally, the squad will also continue to miss out on their left back, Erick Aguirre, who picked up an injury in the last match.
In the absence of the key players, Monterrey will rely on their center forward, Rogelio Mori, and midfielder, Maximiliano Meza, to bring their scoring boots to the game.
Mori has netted five goals and assisted twice in 10 appearances, while Meza has two goals and four assists to his name in 12 matches.
League leaders Club America will be eyeing a significant milestone in the match against Monterrey. The visitors are the only club in the Liga MX Apertura to record nine wins in 13 matches.
A win against Monterrey will make them the first club to record ten wins in the ongoing season. Tigres UANL, Monterrey, and San Luis have recorded seven wins each.
Club America will continue to miss out on the Diego Valdes and Nestor Araujo in the much-anticipated clash against Monterrey.
Valdes sustained a calf injury in October, while center-back Araujo has been sidelined with a knee injury since August. The attacking midfielder has been a vital cog in the squad, as he has netted six goals and assisted twice in 10 appearances. The squad will be without the services of their leading goal scorer in the Liga MX Apertura.
Club America will bank on the goal-scoring prowess of their Colombian center forward Julian Quinones, who has proved himself to be a handful. The 26-year-old has netted six goals and assisted five times in 12 appearances.
He will also have support from Uruguayan winger Brian Rodriguez, who has netted four goals and assisted once in 13 appearances.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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