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

THE FACTS

When does Monterrey vs Juarez kick off? Sunday 16th February, 2020 – 01:06 (UK)

Where is Monterrey vs Juarez being played? Estadio BBVA Bancomer

What TV channel is Monterrey vs Juarez on? Fox Sports 2 Cono Norte

Where can I stream Monterrey vs Juarez? FOX Play Norte, bet365 (where applicable)

Where can I get tickets for Monterrey vs Juarez? https://www.stubhub.cl/entradas-rayados-de-monterrey-vs-fc-juarez-liga-mx/ev1314701

THE TEAM NEWS

MONTERREY

  • Monterrey have been a huge disappointment this season as, despite the fact they won the Apertura title and didn’t make many changes to their squad, they currently sit in 18th place of the standings. They are the lone team who are yet to win, coming off a 3-1 away loss at Leon.
  • Winger Rodolfo Pizarro has reported back to Monterrey due to his failed transfer to Inter Miami in the MLS, but it remains to be seen whether he will play. Leonel Vangioni has been ruled out due to a knee injury.

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

JUAREZ

  • Bravos de Juarez have been one of the biggest surprises of the Clausura thus far, as they currently sit in third place of the standings with 10 points out of five matches (W3, D1, L1). They enter this match on a three-game winning run following their 2-1 home win against Necaxa the last time out.
  • Juarez could have the entire squad available for this contest, including Flavio Santos who didn’t start last week. This means the Brazilian will once again lead the attacking line, in a move that would push Angelo Sagal back to the bench, while Jose Esquivel and Jonathan Lacerda are both questionable game-time decisions.

Expected starting XI: Ivan Vazquez; Israel Jimenez, Luis Alberto Lopez, Bruno Romo, Gustavo Velazquez; Jefferson Intriago, Martin Rabunal; Mauro Fernandez, Flavio Santos, Diego Rolan; Dario Lezcano

THE PREDICTION

There’s no question Monterrey have been under-performing so far, but they are in dire need of a bounce-back performance. The hosts cannot continue to play this poorly with one of the strongest squads in the competition, and they should return to winning ways here in front of their crowd. Juarez should be favourites based on what they have done thus far, but they have been overachieving and that should be noticeable here.

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