2019-20 Mexican Liga MX – Leon vs Monterrey Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Leon vs Monterrey kick off? Sunday 9th February, 2020 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is Leon vs Monterrey being played? Estadio Leon, Nou Camp

What TV channel is Leon vs Monterrey on? Claro Sports, FOX Sports 2, TUDN, Univision

Where can I stream Leon vs Monterrey? FOX Play Norte, TUDN USA, Univision NOW

Where can I get tickets for Leon vs Monterrey? https://www.stubhub.com.mx/boletos-club-leon-vs-rayados-de-monterrey-liga-mx/ev1314893

THE TEAM NEWS

LEON

  • Leon have enjoyed a great start to the season since they sit at the top of the Liga MX standings with 10 points following their first four matches – W3, D1. They also own the league’s joint-best attack with 10 goals scored and are coming off a 2-1 away win at Monarcas.
  • Pedro Aquino has been ruled out of this game due to a suspension. Plus, veteran defender Aquivaldo Mosquera remains sidelined and there’s no certain date of return for him. He is yet to log a single minute during the Clausura.

Expected starting XI: Rodolfo Cota; Fernando Navarro, Jaine Bareiro, William Tesillo, Yairo Moreno; Ivan Ochoa; Luis Montes; Jean Meneses, Angel Mena, Ismael Sosa; Leonardo Javier Ramos

MONTERREY

  • Monterrey are one of two sides that are yet to win a single game during the Clausura, and they enter this match on a D2, L2 mark – that’s a poor return for the reigning Torneo Apertura champions. They are coming off a morale-boosting 2-2 away draw at Necaxa, though.
  • Rodolfo Pizarro has not returned to the squad after his proposed move to Inter Miami in the MLS crashed, although both sides could remain in talks and therefore, Pizarro won’t return until the issue is resolved. Starting left-back Leonel Vangioni has been ruled out due to injury, while Aviles Hurtado is a long-term absentee with a knee problem.

Expected starting XI: Marcelo Barovero; Stefan Medina, Cesar Montes, Nicolas Sanchez, Jesus Gallardo; Celso Ortiz, Carlos Rodriguez; Dorlan Pabon, Maximiliano Meza, Miguel Layun; Rogelio Funes Mori

THE PREDICTION

Monterrey remain winless in the Clausura after four matches, and have not been able to repeat the form they showed in the FIFA Club World Cup or during the Torneo Apertura playoffs. Leon, on the other hand, have been one of the top, most consistent sides in the entire 2019-20 season and they should be listed as favourites since they’re also playing at home. For what it's worth, we could be in line for a high-scoring affair. Combining their eight league matches between both teams, seven have ended with three or more goals.

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