Queretaro vs Leon Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
- Leon have found an early difference-maker through William Tesillo
- Queretaro’s highly defensive approach will eventually cost them points in the near future
- Looking at the bench, Leon have some intimidating options
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Queretaro vs Leon Predictions and Picks
Leon aren’t playing yet to the lofty ambitions put upon them by their fans, but at the very least, they’ve had a more promising start to the season than Queretaro.
After giving up 32 shots in their first two matches of the 2021 Apertura, Queretaro can perhaps consider themselves lucky that they’ve escaped with two draws.
Queretaro are in a rebuilding mode and will likely continue to sit back and invite pressure.
It’s a risky approach, and despite the two points they’ve clinched, it’s improbable that this strategy can hold up for much longer — especially against Leon.
Leon aren’t firing on all cylinders, but in their latest 2-1 win over Club Tijuana, they showed glimpses of the promise they have for the Apertura tournament.
It’s only a matter of time before Queretaro fall apart.
How to Watch Queretaro vs Leon
|Queretaro vs Leon Information|
|Teams||Queretaro vs Leon|
|Location||Estadio Corregidora (Queretaro, Mexico)|
|Time||Thursday, August 5th at 7:00 pm PT/10:00 pm ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
How have the first two games of the season gone for Queretaro and Leon?
Looking over at Queretaro, it’s a bit of a quiet mess.
Regardless of them finding a way to capture a 0-0 draw with Club America and a 1-1 draw with Atletico San Luis, the results were gained by the narrowest of margins.
Queretaro have maintained a low average of 39.5% possession in those games, which have featured only a total of four shots on target.
Other than perhaps the first 20-30 minutes of their recent match against San Luis, it’s tough to think of an extended period of time in which they’ve played threatening soccer.
Granted, they earned a red in their previous encounter, but missing the suspended Bryan Olivera isn’t exactly going to help this week either.
As for Leon, it should probably be noted that they kicked off the season with an astonishing 4-0 loss to Pachuca.
Nonetheless, they seemed to have immediately sorted themselves out and quickly bounced back last week with a deserved 2-1 victory against Tijuana.
Most importantly, that win highlighted an individual who might help with some heavy lifting.
William Tesillo Could Once Again Carry Leon
Last Saturday’s match had a classic performance from Leon defender William Tesillo.
The Colombian helped with work in the backline, created several dangerous plays, and ultimately scored the first goal of the match in the 26th minute.
At his best, there are few players in Liga MX who could outmuscle or evade the intelligent defender.
And if he can build a good partnership through overlapping runs with a new figure like Omar Fernandez, Leon could become even more efficient in the final third.
Attack Has Nearly Looked Nonexistent for Queretaro
It seems as though defense is currently the priority for Queretaro.
With a significant amount of summer roster turnover, manager Hector Altamirano has attempted to salvage some points (and potentially his job) by playing some cautious soccer.
By not taking enough risks though, Altamirano is, unfortunately, creating some for his own team.
Queretaro are fortunate to have two points and only one goal allowed so far.
As mentioned earlier, if this continues, Queretaro might not last long against Leon on Thursday.
Leon Have A Much Deeper And Talented Bench
What might prove to truly be the difference in the match are the backup options that Leon manager Ariel Holan has at his disposal.
In the latest win over Tijuana, Holan was able to bring names like Santiago Ormeño, Victor Davila and Jean Meneses onto the pitch.
Both Ormeño and Meneses were involved in the summer’s Copa America (Ormeño for Peru, Meneses for Chila) and Davila is an exciting up-and-coming midfielder.
Either of those three could easily be starters for most other Liga MX teams, and against Queretaro, they could do plenty of damage as substitutes in the 2nd half.
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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]