Club America vs Mazatlan Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Club America can’t afford many more blunders after suffering some shortcomings in August
- Simply put: Mazatlan are one of the worst teams in Liga MX
- Striker Henry Martin will be set on recreating some of his goalscoring magic for Club America
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Club America vs Mazatlan Predictions and Picks
This should be a fairly easy one for America. Recently bouncing back with a much-needed win, the Mexico City team will be expected to not only defeat Mazatlan, but to vanquish them. Even at their best, many won’t anticipate the Mazatlan minnows to take charge here.
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How to Watch Club America vs Mazatlan
|Club America vs Mazatlan Information|
|What||Club America vs Mazatlan|
|Where||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Wednesday, September 2nd at 9:00 PM PT|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
On opposite ends of the league table, there are some significant differences when looking at how the current 2020 Apertura season has gone for America and Mazatlan.
When analyzing America, there are obvious signs of another strong tournament ahead for the Liga MX giants. With 14 goals and 13 points in seven games so far, America is keeping pace with the top teams in the country at the moment. And were it not for a couple of small drops in form last month, they would undoubtedly be sitting in 1st.
As for Mazatlan, they are a work in progress during their first Liga MX season. Draws, losses, and goals allowed from the opposition have become an early norm for the team that was seated dead last in the league table a little over a week ago.
Before things might get better for Mazatlan, they’ll surely be worse after facing America this Wednesday.
Pressure Is Too High for Club America To Fail
Expectations and ambitions are so high for America that when the team collected two consecutive losses last month, outrage and fury came pouring in from fans who were calling for the firing of manager Miguel “Piojo” Herrera.
America quickly responded in their following and most recent match. In the 2-1 away win over San Luis, America scored both of their goals within the first 49 minutes. Launching a total of 17 shots in the game, there was a clear revitalization that was led by the efforts of striker Henry Martin.
With critics now quieter than they were in August, the last thing that Herrera and his men could afford to do is drop points against a team that is vastly inferior to them.
Mazatlan Have Looked Like One Of The Worst Squad In Liga MX
The stats speak for themselves.
Four games in a row without a win and 12 goals allowed in just seven matches. Spending most of the season in the bottom three of the league table, Mazatlan have yet to find continued or consistent success.
Even during their only victory of the tournament — a narrow 2-1 win over Toluca — Mazatlan were out-shot and out-possessed by a Toluca team that was likely furious that they couldn’t secure an equalizer.
Martin Is Picking Up Momentum For Club America
Exceptional in the air and with a surprising amount of pace, it’s a slight surprise that Martin hasn’t been given more starts for America this season. More of a bench player in the latest season, the 27-year-old Mexican striker took advantage of the full 90 minutes he was given last week with a game-winning goal in the 49th minute.
At his peak level of play, Martin is absolutely lethal in front of the net. As seen earlier this season in the 4-0 win over Club Tijuana, the striker became an immediate attacking catalyst for America after being substituted on in the 78th minute and scoring twice.
Now with a goal in hand, Martin should have another chance to be a difference-maker once again as a starter for America.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.