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Necaxa vs. Queretaro: High Stakes Play-In Game

Written by: Angelo Zarra
Published May 1, 2024
8 min read

Thursday evening will officially kick off the 2024 Liga MX postseason, which will see Necaxa host Queretaro at Estadio Victoria. The most recent encounter between the two took part back in February which saw them split the points finishing in a 1-1 draw. In their previous 21 clashes, Necaxa possessed the slight edge winning on nine occasions and drawing five times.

The hosts enter this fixture with a dip in their form, losing two straight matches to close out the regular season. Included in their two-game losing streak, they have conceded a total of 10 goals. Of all the clubs that qualified to make it past the regular season, Necaxa overall has allowed the most goals with 29.

Meanwhile the 10th-place finishers in the table roll into this play-in fixture on a low. Queretaro find themselves winless in their last three matches. Finding the score sheet has been an issue in that span also, as they have only bagged one goal. The Gallos Blancos finished up the regular season as the lowest-scoring side to qualify for the playoffs, only registering 22 goals in 17 Liga MX affairs.

Here, we will break down the betting odds and share our favourite picks for Necaxa vs. Queretaro.

Necaxa vs. Queretaro Betting Odds for Thursday, May 2

Despite this encounter as the first official postseason fixture in the Clausura, the books aren’t expecting a cagey affair with both teams finding the back of the net priced at -155, while both teams failing to beat the keeper is listed at +110.

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Necaxa vs. Queretaro Betting Predictions

Necaxa

In a four-way tie, Necaxa's own Diber Cambindo finished the 2024 campaign as the Golden Boot leader, scoring the most goals in the Clausura season with eight. Cambindo is scorching at the right time, in his last four matches the 28-year-old has registered three goals and one assist. Look for Diber to be a menace around the six-yard box as he finished the tournament with 44 total shots.

Another key player on the attack for Los Rayos is left-winger Jose Paradela. Appearing in 15 games in the Clausura, the 25-year-old hit the back of the net on five occasions and also tallied three assists. Paradela is a threat from outside the box and if given time and space will make the opposition pay, he capped off the year as one of the best shots-on-target players for his position finishing with 15.

Queretaro

Stats wise putting together one of his personal best seasons, midfielder Pablo Barrera shined on the pitch in 2024 aging like a fine wine. The 36-year-old Liga MX veteran recorded five goals and amassed five assists through 17 matches. Logging over 1400 minutes of playing time in the Clausura, Barrera used his crafty skill set to help produce 33 chances.

Looking to snap a four-game goalless drought is 23-year-old Ettson Ayon. During his 14 Clausura appearances, the young striker beat the keeper on four occasions and picked up an assist. The shifty forward fast paced movement has led him to be fouled 13 times, which in a dangerous spot on the field could be an advantage for a set-piece strike.

Necaxa vs. Queretaro - My Pick

Both teams to score average in Liga MX in 2024 is 59 percent, the participants in this tilt are holding their own in that market. Necaxa capped off the Clausura with the best teams to score record with it hitting in 14 matches, on the other hand for Queretaro 10 times both sides scored at least a goal in a single match. The two combatants in their last five matches, only once they were able to pick up a clean sheet. The trend is our friend in this meeting both contenders should be able to breach one past the keepers.

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How to watch Necaxa vs. Monterrey

When: Thursday, May 2, 9 PM ET

Where: Estadio Victoria

TV: Univision, Telemundo, Fox Sports, ESPN, Vix and Sling TV

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Hailing from the great white north in Canada, over the last 15 years, Angelo has been wagering on sports and, more specifically, the sport that’s in his blood, soccer. Well-versed in soccer leagues across the globe, keeping tabs on what’s happening in the world of soccer. Since 2022, Angelo has published MLS betting previews on various websites, including on Major League Soccer's official betting page for a short while. Through the power of social media, Angelo has been invited to talk soccer betting on national TV & radio on Sports Grid.

In Angelo’s free time, he can be found walking his dog and lounging at home watching any game that's on while enjoying his second favourite thing after sports: food! 

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