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

THE FACTS

When does Monterrey vs Atlas kick off? Sunday 24th November, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Monterrey vs Atlas being played? Estadio BBVA Bancomer (Guadalupe)

What TV channel is Monterrey vs Atlas on? Fox Sports (Mexico), Fox Deportes (USA)

Where can I stream Monterrey vs Atlas? Fox Sports Play

Where can I get tickets for Monterrey vs Atlas? https://www.ticketmaster.com.mx/los-rayados-de-monterrey-boletos/artist/1193326

THE TEAM NEWS

MONTERREY

  • Monterrey face a do-or-die match at home this weekend, but they control their destiny towards a potential playoff appearance. Rayados sit in eighth place in the Apertura standings with 24 points (W7, D3, L7) but have the edge over Tijuana due to their superior goal differential (+2 against Tijuana’s -9). They also enter this match on a four-game undefeated streak (W2, D2) following a 4-0 away win over Xolos the last time out.
  • Rayados will be close to full strength ahead of this game, as the lone absentee will be Avilés Hurtado. The Colombian playmaker is a long-term absentee due to a knee injury, so he shouldn’t be much of a factor ahead of this match-up.

Expected starting XI: Marcelo Barovero; Stefan Medina, César Montes, Nicolás Sánchez, Lionel Vangioni; Miguel Layún, Celso Ortiz, Jesús Gallardo; Dorlan Pabón, Rodolfo Pizarro; Rogelio Funes Mori

ATLAS

  • Atlas have absolutely nothing to play for in this match, as they sit in 13th place in the Apertura standings with 21 points (W6, D3, L8) and are eliminated from play-off contention with only one game left in the schedule. They enter this game on a three-game losing run following a 2-1 home defeat against Atletico San Luis, and they have won just once in their last five Liga MX outings (W1, D1, L3).
  • The Jalisco-based team should be close to full strength entering this match. Centre-back Anderson Santamaria is expected to return from a one-game suspension, but he is not a lock to return to the starting XI with Jorge Segura and Hugo Nervo both available to play as centre-backs as well.

Expected starting XI: Camilo Vargas; Jesús Angulo, Hugo Nervo, Jorge Segura, Ismael Govea; Lorenzo Reyes; Jesús Isijara, Osvaldo Martínez, Mauricio Cuero, Edgar Zaldívar; Facundo Barceló

THE PREDICTION

Monterrey are far superior to Atlas in basically every single category. They have the better form due to their four-game undefeated streak as opposed to Atlas’ three-game losing run, but Rayados also feature a stronger attack and a better defensive unit. All signs point towards Monterrey securing the three points here.

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