Puebla vs Pachuca Prediction, Odds, Betting Tips
- Poor goalscoring numbers have hindered Puebla’s chances
- Up top, Pachuca have had problems with finding clearcut strikers
- Sharing a point might not be the worst result for either Puebla or Pachuca
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Puebla vs Pachuca Predictions and Picks
The 2021 Apertura tournament has so far been a fairly dull one for Puebla and Pachuca.
Looking at Puebla, progress for them has been a growing list of hard-fought draws after struggling during the first few weeks of the season.
As for Pachuca, their five losses in their first 10 games have weighed them down as they’ve had complications with moving up the league table.
There are few highlights for either side and even so, these moments tend to be fleeting before inevitably leading to a loss or draw.
Caution now seems to be the game plan for their managers and looking ahead to Friday, either club might be content with a point in hand.
Let’s dive into their latest few games.
Over at Pachuca this September, they’ve drifted in and out with two losses, one win and one draw.
It has been far from impressive, and despite their 1-0 win over Necaxa and their 1-1 draw with Club America, the argument could be made that they were lucky to walk away with those points.
As for Puebla, on paper, it hasn’t looked too bad.
Following their 2-0 loss to Pumas in August, they’ve followed up the defeat with two wins and three draws.
They have a five-game undefeated streak, but that said, the scorelines have been far too narrow…
Puebla’s Lack Of Constant Goals Has Stunted Their Progress
Like Pachuca, Puebla’s might be a bit fortuitous to have earned some of their results.
Regardless of their undefeated streak, they’ve only scored six times in their last five games.
That’s essentially just a little over a goal per 90 minutes and were it not for some heroics from their goalkeeper or poor finishing from their opponents, Puebla could be further down the league table.
In fact, in their last eight games, there has only been one instance in which Puebla have finished with a higher xG (expected goals) tally than that of their opponent.
No True Striker Has Emerged For Pachuca
Of Pachuca’s out-and-out strikers, no true #9 has yet to score more than once this season.
It’s a massive issue for the club, and although they’ve found the back of the net more often than Puebla, their strategy of keeping their fingers crossed that a non-striker will score is a risky one.
Keep in mind, it’s not as if a winger or midfielder is taking the team by storm.
No player has scored more than twice so far this season, and when looking at those who have chipped in, it’s easy to see that most players only have one goal to their name.
It’s not sustainable, and if they truly want to make improvements, they’ll need strikers like Roberto de la Rosa and Nico Ibañez to eventually shake off their rust.
Playoff Implications Could Lead To Both Teams Sitting Back For One Point
One can’t blame non-powerhouse teams like Puebla and Pachuca for aiming for draws.
In a new playoff setup that gives postseason invitations to 12 of the 18 teams in Liga MX, clubs can get away with prioritizing low-scoring results.
21 points seem to be the magic number for a playoff spot, which means that Puebla and Pachuca could feasibly qualify with more draws than wins in their remaining matches.
It isn’t the most exciting outcome, but when considering the implications for the postseason, it might be the most practical solution to aim for ties through pragmatic performances.
How to Watch Puebla vs Pachuca
|Puebla vs Pachuca Information|
|Teams||Puebla vs Pachuca|
|Location||Estadio Cuauhtemoc (Puebla, Mexico)|
|Time||Friday, October 1st at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
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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. Email: [email protected]