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Pick: Monterrey to win
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Monterrey and Club América are in similar form, with just 1 win in their last 5 matches. Both teams sit at the bottom of the table and need a significant boost in confidence – and points – this weekend.
Facing each other is probably the best thing to happen in such circumstances from both their perspective, but we think it is the home side that could walk away with all three points at the end.
When the two sides met in November, Club América was in top form, and Monterrey were reduced to 10 men in the second half after Alan Montes was sent off. The game still ended in a goalless draw.
Monterrey have won 4 of their last 5 meetings with Club America. They did lose at home to their opponents in 2020, but that has been the only time that has happened since 2014.
Monterrey are without a manager right now after the club sacked two-time Mexico World Cup manager Javier Aguirre earlier this week.
The move was expected after the club’s recent form dipped, and they needed a fresh start.
A disappointing run in the Club World Cup last month was followed by just one win in four games.
He was expected to turn things around with a big win over minnows San Luis, but Aguirre’s men crumbled to a 2-0 defeat at home. Monterrey went on to draw their next game midweek.
They were up against Leon, who were moving up the table and on a two-match winning streak, but still managed to walk away with a point. Monterrey sat back and held their position for the majority of the game but were threatening on the counter.
The struggling side was tough for Leon to break down and they managed just three shots on target, despite dominating the possession with 61 percent retention.
They were around the box throughout the game but could not get through as Monterrey were determined to get a result from the game, and even managed more shots on target than Leon. Both teams had 15 goals attempts, with Leon getting 3 on target and Monterrey, 5.
Club America are also without a manager now after Santiago Solari was removed following a dismal run that has condemned them to the bottom, the immediate season after they topped the table in the Apertura season. They are now at the rock bottom of the table with just 1 win from 8 games.
Solari guided the team to 10 wins in 17 Apertura games, but failed to produce that magic again in the Clausura. The former Real Madrid manager was looking for inspiration from his players, but no one managed to help him out on the pitch.
Roberto Dante and Antonio La Volpe are touted to be his replacement at the club, and Hernan Crespo is in the conversation as well, but an appointment is not expected this week.
Both Dante and La Volpe have experience in the Liga MX and are the most likely candidates to try and get Club America out from the bottom of the table in the last 7 matches.
The main issue for the rock-bottom side is their forwards right now. Henry Martins and Roger Martinez have struggled for consistency. Salvador Reyes has been contributing from midfield, but there is little else to speak of, despite the presence of celebrated players like Jonathan Santos.
It is a team in disarray – they began the season with red cards in all three games, and picked up one in their latest game as well. They have conceded 14 goals from eight games – 4 more than they did in 17 Apertura matches.
With some challenging fixtures coming up, they cannot afford to lose to the joint-bottom placed team.
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|Teams||Monterrey vs Club América|
|Location||Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe|
|Time||Saturday, March 5 at 8.06pm EST|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]More info on Varun Shetty
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