When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
The odds for this match are provided by PointsBet. Click on the odds below to head to PointsBet and place a bet.
Can America catch up to Pachuca?
After stumbling to an unexpected 3-1 defeat by Pachuca in the first leg of the Liga MX quarterfinals, America will now need to immediately rediscover their drive that made them the #2 team in the regular season.
Under the guidance of manager Santiago Solari, they should be more than capable to do so, even after the embarrassing loss to Pachuca.
|Pachuca’s celebrations might be short-lived. Pick America for the comeback and for the win this Sunday.|
|Club America vs Pachuca Information|
|Teams||Club America vs Pachuca|
|Location||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|Time||Sunday, May 16th at 9:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Let’s review how Pachuca got here in the first place.
After sitting in dead last from Weeks 6 through 9 of the 2021 Clausura, manager Paulo Pezzolano and his men quickly shook off their rust with five wins in their last seven games of the regular season.
Carried by players like Roberto de la Rosa, Erick Aguirre, and Oscar Murillo, Pachuca became a Cinderella story of sorts through their run into the wildcard round of the Liga MX playoffs.
Up against league giants Chivas in a one-off wildcard match, Pachuca thrashed their opponents through a 4-2 win.
Then, they defeated America earlier this week in the first of two quarterfinal legs. With a 3-1 lead in the quarterfinal series and just one game to go, Pachuca should easily clinch another victory this weekend, right?
Things have gone fairly smoothly for them so far, but more than likely, Pachuca’s playoff journey may end by Sunday evening.
Never overlook the impact and influence that the Estadio Azteca has in soccer. Whether it be in a domestic Liga MX match or a World Cup qualifier, the historic arena has an aura that few venues can match.
Due to this, it hasn’t been out of the ordinary for America to make comebacks at home during the second legs of the playoff series.
Most importantly, they also rarely run into any problems at the Azteca.
In their last 15 home games, America only have one defeat. In just their last eight appearances at the Azteca, they have seven wins and one draw.
The colossal building is a noteworthy factor — especially for Pachuca who haven’t claimed a Liga MX win at the Azteca in their last four appearances.
If America are looking for the best hope of mounting a surging come back, they may set their sights on Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Ustari.
Regardless of the fact that Ustari only allowed one goal in the recent win for Pachuca, the Argentine is far from the most accomplished or reliable goalkeeper in the league.
Ustari only has three clean sheets in 18 starts, he has yet to save a penalty in 2021 and has had a few questionable moments when needing to dive for the ball.
It’s grasping for straws, but that said, you won’t find many Liga MX fans who would quickly name Ustari when thinking of some of the top goalkeeping options in the league.
America failed to truly test him on Thursday, and during Sunday’s second leg, they’ll likely make up for that mistake of not launching enough shots against the goalie who can create a blunder or two.
Who will be the one taking those opportunities against Ustari?
Look no further than Henry Martin.
With seven goals and an assist in 13 games, the Mexican striker has led the charts for America when it comes to finding the back of the net.
Keeping in mind that he’s only scored once in his last four appearances in all competitions for the team, the well-rounded striker is due for a big performance this weekend.
Martin loves taking center stage when needed by his team, and considering the current setback in the quarterfinals, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if he were to become the focal point of the attack for America on Sunday.
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. Email: [email protected]More info on Cesar Hernandez
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.