Pumas vs Atlas Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Much-needed improvements are still absent for Pumas’ goalscoring
- Atlas have a couple of diamonds in the rough with their new signings
- One of Liga MX’s top strikers is ready for his first full season with Atlas
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Pumas vs Atlas Predictions and Picks
Have things improved for Pumas?
Often reliant on inexperienced young players, the Mexico City club struggled last season with a worrisome lack of goals that knocked them down to 15th place.
Even if star striker Juan Dinenno is fully fit, Pumas need more attacking help in support.
As for their opponents, Atlas seem to have done their summer homework.
Following a 7th place finish last season that pushed them into the quarterfinals of the playoffs, Atlas have made a couple of interesting signings that could boost their squad.
These games in the afternoon sun often benefit Pumas, but after the problems they’ve had earlier in the year, there are no guarantees they’ll be able to capitalize on their home turf.
How to Watch Pumas vs Atlas
|Pumas vs Atlas Information|
|Teams||Pumas vs Atlas|
|Location||Estadio Olimpico Universitario (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|Time||Sunday, July 25th at 1:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Continuing with the Week 1 theme of looking at previous tournament performances, let’s quickly go over and analyze what we saw in the first half of the year from Pumas and Atlas.
When thinking of Atlas, possibility comes to mind.
The possibility to thrive under manager Diego Cocca. The potential to continue their growth that had them just three points behind a spot in the top four last season.
Atlas were greater than the sum of their parts, and with some fascinating new additions to their roster, there is hope from fans that they could be a dark horse going forward.
But what about Pumas?
It’s difficult to feel optimistic about a side that scored fewer goals in the previous 2021 Clausura than any other team.
And regardless of their defense doing well, there was no way they could help carry their dismal attack — which might not get any better.
Pumas’ Attack Might Run Into More Obstacles In The Apertura
It should be repeated: Pumas had fewer goals than any other Liga MX team last season.
With 10 goals in 17 matches, it was genuinely frustrating to watch them play.
The bad news? Although lead striker Dinenno has yet to deal with any injuries, he might be the only one consistently finding the back of the net.
The goalscorers in support are either inexperienced youngsters or inconsistent backups.
Pumas should have addressed this over the transfer window, but with limited funding, they took a gamble on a couple of unproven and fairly unknown forwards.
Atlas Brought In Some Intriguing New Options
Atlas, on the other hand, might be able to show off some new faces that Pumas should be envious of.
On loan from Boca Juniors, 22-year-old attacking midfielder Gonzalo Maroni has a promising trajectory.
Known as a playmaker with pace, good dribbling and excellent distribution, Maroni might be a threat during this weekend’s match against Pumas.
Elsewhere, Franco Troyanksy is one to watch as well. Also on loan, the 24-year-old striker/left forward is a well-rounded yet physical presence in the final third.
All that said, the true focal point for the visitors will be a striker who unfortunately missed a significant part of last season due to injury.
Julio Furch Is Ready To Take Charge In Atlas’ Frontline
Could Julio Furch earn his first-ever Liga MX start for Atlas this weekend?
After suffering an unfortunate injury in the winter of 2020, the Atlas newcomer didn’t make his debut until April and never seemed healthy enough to claim a place in the XI.
That’s now behind him.
Keeping in mind that he was once one of the top strikers in the league that scored 59 goals for Atlas between 2017-2020, Furch should be motivated to finally claim his comeback.
Keep an eye on the 31-year-old striker who could easily get an early head start in this season’s goalscoring race.
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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]