Pumas vs Atlas Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- There’s plenty of hidden talent residing in Pumas’ young roster
- Atlas are still far from becoming a solid and reliable finished product
- Away from home, Atlas have also run into several complications
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Pumas vs Atlas Predictions and Picks
Two teams coming off 2-0 losses, but one will have the upper-hand this Sunday: Pumas.
Through a young yet promising roster that contains a long list of stars-in-the-making, Pumas will look to once again catch a team by surprise with their blossoming squad. Inconsistencies will need to be ironed out, but nonetheless, Pumas should find plenty of avenues for a win against a troubled Atlas squad — who have zero wins, zero points, and zero goals.
The choice should be an easy one.
Pumas for the win against Atlas (+105)
How to Watch Pumas vs Atlas
|Pumas vs Atlas Information|
|What||Pumas vs Atlas|
|Where||Estadio Olimpico Universitario (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
It might take some time for Atlas to begin clicking this season. Following a third straight loss in a row, there seems to be no indication of manager Diego Cocca quickly turning things around.
Even against what looked like a half-awake Tigres last week, Atlas failed to capitalize on their chances and somehow found themselves with a 2-0 loss after maintaining more possession. As mentioned earlier, the match not only extended their winless run in the 2021 Clausura but also extended their scoreless streak in the beginning stages of the tournament.
Although the month has yet to finish, Atlas are nearing a crisis mode that no other team appears to be in. Sitting at the very bottom of the league table, they’re literally pointless as they’ve struggled to create many bright moments in the new year.
And up against a team with Pumas that have a number of under-the-radar talents, those struggles for Atlas will only continue.
Hidden Talents Highlight Pumas’ Squad
In the first few weeks of the new season, Pumas have made a name for themselves for giving several starting appearances to fledgling academy products.
Whether it be due to manager Andres Lillini preferring homegrown talent, a lack of incoming foreign stars — or perhaps both — Pumas have once again showcased their tradition of promoting players from within.
And there’s a lot to showcase.
20-year-old Emanuel Montejano made headlines earlier this month with his goal and assist in his Liga MX debut, 21-year-old winger Carlos Gutierrez has been threatening with his speedy runs, 22-year-old Johan Vasquez is set to be one of the next big Mexican stars, and someone even as young as the 18-year-old Jesus Rivas has made an impact. These are just a few in a long list of names for Pumas.
Despite the fact that we’ve seen some inconsistencies in their performances — likely due to their inexperience — there’s no denying the immense potential that many within the team have.
Atlas Appear Incomplete And Disoriented in Early 2021
Given a significant blowback in the preseason when new striker Julio Furch suffered an injury, Cocca likely had to throw out his entire notebook for the start of the season. Since the injury to Furch, they’ve found things incredibly problematic without a figure who was supposed to be the leading name in the frontline.
So what now for Atlas?
With plenty of pressure beginning to build, it might not make sense for Cocca to sit back and aim for low-scoring draws in the coming weeks. Atlas need to start taking chances and pushing forward. With no points (or goals) to their name, they must change the script and win back some momentum in their direction.
This, in turn, could also mean that they’re left open to dangerous counters by a Pumas side that have more space in the final third. It’s undoubtedly a risk, but one that Cocca might consider this weekend.
Away Form Is Problematic For Atlas
History is not on the side of Atlas.
In their last 11 games away from home, they have just one single victory. As for that victory, it was a narrow 1-0 win over a Juarez side that scored an own-goal during last September’s encounter.
That obviously isn’t good. Atlas have regularly had issues away from their Estadio Jalisco ground, and what could make things even more strenuous is the atypical Sunday afternoon timing of the match that Pumas love to utilize.
As for Pumas, it’s also important to note that the Mexico City club haven’t lost at home in their last 14 Liga MX matches at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
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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]