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Matches between Querétaro and Monterrey have not produced a lot of goals, and it would not be a surprise if this week’s clash also ends up being a low-scoring affair. 2-1 has been the most common score line when these two sides have met in recent history, with Monterrey taking the laurels most of the time.
The last meeting saw the two sides share points after the game ended goalless. The match took place in Clausura earlier this year and there was nothing to separate the two sides.
Monterey dominated the game from the start, but could not get a single goal. They had 62 percent of the possession, 26 shots, and 10 on target. However, they managed to create just one big chance more than their opponents, who managed just two shots on target in the entire match.
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When the two sides faced off in the Apertura last year, Querétaro came out victorious. They scored in the 34th minute via Erik Vera and then sat back to defend. The defenders did their jobs well and that saw Monterrey walk away without any point despite having 64 percent of the possession and 15 shots at goal.
A repeat of that is likely this week, but Monterrey have been doing well and should be able to find a way past the Querétaro defense this time around. They have won six of the last 10 meetings between these two sides and scored the most number of goals too.
Querétaro finished second from the bottom last season in the Apertura and are in a very similar situation this season already. They lost their opening two matches and then went on to get a draw against Juarez, a side that finished below them in Clausura earlier this year.
With the aim to finish in the top 12 this season and make it to the playoffs, Querétaro signed a few players. Gabriel Rojas, Jordan Silva, Mario Osuna, Luis Félix, Rafael Fernández and Clifford Aboagye were signed this summer with David Barbona and Ettson Ayón arriving on loan for the season.
There were a couple of exits from the team as well, with Betsiel Hernández and Jefferson Montero getting sold. Bryan Olivera has been loaned out while Jonathan González, Jonathan González, José Angulo, Jesús Godínez, and Ricardo Díaz are no longer with the squad following the expiry of their loan deals.
The signings have not helped on the pitch so far, as they are yet to get a win under their belt. In the season opener, they were handed the tough task of facing Pachuca away from home. As expected, the home side dominated the game and were comfortable winners at the end.
Nicolás Ibáñez hit the ground running after an impressive Clausura season with a goal in the 25th minute. Avilés Hurtado made it 2-0 at the start of the second half and that helped them seal the win. Pachuca were handed a late penalty too, but VAR ruled it out to make the scoreline still look respectable for Queretaro.
They were at home in the next game but once again failed to make any impact. Milton Giménez handed Club Necaxa the lead in the 23rd minute before he scored an own goal eight minutes later to level things up.
The match looked set to end in a draw after the two sides failed to make the most of their chances, but Milton Giménez scored again to correct his earlier mistake and make it 2-1. Queretaro were up against Juarez away from home in their third game, and for the first time this season, they went in as the favorites to win. However, that was not the case, as they once came out with a bitter-sweet result.
Gabriel Fernández gave Juarez the lead early in the game with a goal in the sixth minute, but they could not hold on to it for long. Jordan Silva made it 1-1 in the 13th minute and the game seemed like it was going to be end to end with a lot of goals. Juarez had the chance to make it 2-1 in the 32nd minute, but Gabriel had his penalty saved, but they got another penalty before halftime. However, VAR ruled out the on field call and the score line remained 1-1 until the end of the game.
No player is injured or suspended for the upcoming game for Querétaro.
Monterrey almost threw away their place in the Apertura playoffs last year after failing to win any of their last five games. They managed to finish 9th in the table despite that, but missed out on the golden chance to qualify directly for the quarterfinal as a result.
It did cost them dearly as they managed to get past Cruz Azul in the reclassification round with ease but looked too gassed in the extra playoff game. They defeated Azul 4-1 but were knocked out after their game against Atlas ended 1-1 and the opponents went through as they finished higher in the table. It was a similar situation in the Clausura season earlier this year as well, but they failed to make it out of the reclassification round this time after losing to Atletico de San Luis.
To avoid a repeat of the same, Monterrey signed Rodrigo Aguirre, Joao Rojas and Germán Berterame in the summer window to bolster their squad. They also ended up selling Vincent Janssen and Hugo González, while Duvan Vergara, Alfonso Alvarado and Daniel Parra have been loaned out.
It was not a great start to the season as they ended up losing 4-3 to Santos Laguna in the opening match. Rogelio Funes Mori and Rodrigo Aguirre scored early to hand them a 2-0 lead but Fernando Gorriarán and Félix Torres scored for the home side to make it 2-2 before half time. Rogelio Funes Mori got on the scoresheet again in the second half from the spot, but Harold Preciado and Brian Lozano scored late in the game to hand Laguna the win.
Monterrey did well to bounce back and defeated Club America in the next game. Stefan Medina scored early for them before Jonathan Rodríguez and Alejandro Zendejas made it 2-1 to the away side before half time. Maximiliano Meza and Rodrigo Aguirre scored midway through the second half to ensure they did not lose another game, and the match ended 3-2.
After two high-scoring games, Monterrey were involved in a low-scoring affair against Atletico de San Luis. They dominated possession but were unable to break the opponents’ defense. The game looked like it was going to end in a goalless draw, but VAR handed the away side a penalty in the 80th minute. Rogelio Funes Mori scored from the spot to hand them the much-deserved win and make it two wins on the bounce after their loss in the first match.
Joao Rojas is out with a Cruciate Ligament Rupture, while Esteban Andrada just had knee surgery.
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|Teams||Queretaro vs Monterrey|
|Location||Estadio La Corregidora|
|Time||Thursday, July 21 at 10pm EST onwards|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
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