Pumas vs Pachuca Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Keeping in mind that they couldn’t find the back of the net in their latest match, who will score for Pachuca?
- Pumas have already shown to have the defensive advantage
- Two key figures from Pumas should be ready to step up their goalscoring at home
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Pumas vs Pachuca Odds
Pumas vs Pachuca Predictions and Picks
Well done to Pumas. After escaping Pachuca with a narrow 1-0 away win in the first leg of their quarterfinal series, Pumas are now set to earn a place in the semifinal round of the Liga MX playoffs.
Pachuca, for all of their efforts on Thursday night’s loss, failed to live up to their dark horse expectations. Los Tuzos were poor with their finishing and missed crucial opportunities that could have at least equalized the game.
Credit is due to Pumas’ defensive efforts, and after kicking off their playoff run with a victory, expect them to do the same in their next match.
Pumas for the win.
How to Watch Pumas vs Pachuca
|Pumas vs Pachuca Information|
|What||Pumas vs Pachuca|
|Where||Estadio Olimpico Universitario (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Sunday, November 29th at 1:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Heading into the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, whispers, and rumors began to build regarding Pachuca as the dark horses of the postseason. Equipped with a stalwart defense and a resilient style of play, it was fair for many to believe that they could inflict a surprising amount of damage in Liga MX’s knockout round.
And they did…for a brief period of time.
After defeating Santos in the wild card round with a convincing 3-0 win, Pachuca was unsuccessful with recreating the same magic in their first quarterfinal face-off against Pumas. Outshined in their own defensive game, Pachuca couldn’t do much to break down Pumas’ backline.
And following a lone early goal from Pumas in the 7th minute, Pachuca was ultimately left launching a long list of hopeless shots. Of their 13 attempts, only two hit the target, leaving Pumas backup goalkeeper Julio Gonzalez with a fairly easy evening in the net.
Pumas passed the first test in the series, and as for Pachuca, a number of worries have now emerged.
Who Will Score For Pachuca?
It’s a simple yet obvious question.
In the regular season, Pachuca only scored 18 goals in their 17 games. While they deserve plenty of credit and plaudits for their build-up style of play, their most apparent weakness has consistently been the lack of a dominant and commanding striker to finish their opportunities.
And therein lies the problem. Yes, they did defeat Santos 3-0 in their previous effort, but that was arguably their best game of the season and perhaps a flash in the pan when it comes to their talents. Statistically speaking, Pachuca rarely score more than a goal a game, and against a defensively solid squad like Pumas, they’ll continue to have problems this weekend as well.
Pumas’ Backline Won The Recent Defensive Match-Up
Many Liga MX analysts and journalists expected Thursday’s first battle between the two to be close. While arguments could have been made for one gaining an advantage over the other, one thing was agreed upon: The result would be a narrow one.
This proved to be true, and unfortunately for Pachuca, it was Pumas who were more noteworthy for their defensive contributions. Key figures such as Alan Mozo, Johan Vasquez and Alejandro Mayorga were all reliable and confident as they easily stifled what Pachuca threw at them.
And on the other end of the pitch, Pumas only needed a handful of dangerous moments to hit the target. After scoring a goal early on in the match, they were more than happy to sit back and absorb the non-threatening pressure from Pachuca.
Carlos Gonzalez And Juan Dinenno Are Due For A Big Performance For Pumas
Here’s the bad news for Pachuca: Pumas are capable of doing much, much more in the attack.
Let’s not forget that after Cruz Azul’s Jonathan Rodriguez and Tigres’ André-Pierre Gignac, Pumas’ Juan Dinenno was #3 in this season’s goalscoring race. With 10 to his name and an average of a goal every 142 minutes, the striker has been one of the most lethal strikers in Liga MX over the last few months.
Carlos Gonzalez hasn’t been bad either. With five goals and an assist for Pumas, he should be a commanding presence in the frontline this weekend.
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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]