Necaxa vs Club America Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- America are looking confident in the early stages of the new season
- Roger Martinez is set to have another standout performance for America’s attack
- Necaxa’s defensive flaws will put them at a serious disadvantage
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Necaxa vs Club America Predictions and Picks
Seems pretty simple here. Club America has been firing on all cylinders with six goals in their first two games and Necaxa currently sit in dead last in the league table with four goals allowed in the same span.
Fans should never expect the expected in Liga MX, but there’s a safe guess that Club America can once again collect a big win.
Over 2.5 goals -125
How to Watch Necaxa vs Club America
|Necaxa vs Club America Information|
|What||Necaxa vs Club America|
|Where||Estadio Victoria (Aguascalientes city, Mexico)|
|When||Friday, August 7th at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
Club America, also known as Las Aguilas, are flying high in the early stages of the 2020 Apertura tournament. After gaining a narrow 2-1 away win over Pachuca to start the season, America truly began to showcase their talent during their recent 4-0 thrashing of Club Tijuana last Saturday.
Thanks to impressive performances from key figures like Henry Martin, Sebastian Cordova, Richard Sanchez, and Federico Viñas, Las Aguilas are highlighting why they are the most successful team in the country. Is another title ahead for the Mexico City giants? They’ll have some tough opposition along the way that could halt their efforts, but realistically speaking, Necaxa won’t be one of them.
Necaxa is clearly in a state of a rebuild after losing important figures over the summer. With two losses in hand, no Liga MX team has had a worse start or has looked more vulnerable than Los Rayos. Although they have some interesting names that could potentially find the back of the net against America, it’s doubtful they’ll be able to overpower them over the full 90 minutes.
Things Are Beginning To Click For America After A Questionable Preseason
Last month in the preseason Copa Por Mexico tournament, America emerged with an underwhelming finish in the competition. With a porous defense and a lack of ideas going forward in the attack, the Mexico City team failed to book a place in the championship match of the eight-team tournament.
Lessons have since been learned by manager Miguel “Piojo” Herrera. By adjusting his starting roster and tinkering with his tactics, Las Aguilas have hit the ground running in the start to the Liga MX season. It’s early days, but it would be difficult to find very many negatives about the roster that is currently sitting on the top of the league table with six points and six goals scored in two matches.
Highlighting The Workrate Of America’s Roger Martinez
He may not be the leading goalscorer, but there’s plenty to focus on when discussing Martinez for Las Aguilas. Pacey and risk-taking, the Colombian 26-year-old has looked thrilling as a right midfielder in the starting XI.
At the moment, Martinez is ranked first in the league with total dribbles, first in progressive runs, and second in total shots. He’s a daring enforcer who will be giving plenty of headaches to Necaxa’s backline. Given the briefest of moments to run with the ball, he’s able to eat up space in the final third and create opportunities not only for himself but also for his teammates.
It’s only a matter of time before he produces another goal or assists.
Defensive Weaknesses Are Already Problematic For Necaxa
They’ll have more games in the future to bounce back, but for now, things are not looking good for Necaxa’s defense.
In their first game of the season against Tigres, Los Rayos were left chasing the ball as their opponents simply out-passed their way to a simple 3-0 win. To make matters worse, it’s worth remembering that Necaxa goalkeeper Luis Malagon failed to stop a couple of straightforward shots that were heading directly at him.
Malagon stepped up with a saved penalty in the next match against Juarez, but despite his intervention — and a handful of other saves — Necaxa couldn’t stop a 10-man Juarez from getting a 1-0 victory.
Heading into Week 3, Necaxa has the second-worst xG (expected goals) per-shot-against ratio in the league. Whether it be due to the goalkeeper or the backline, they are making it far too easy for opponents to put themselves in good positions in front of the net.
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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.