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

THE FACTS

When does Monterrey vs Necaxa kick off? Thursday 5th December, 2019 – 03:05 (UK)

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

What TV channel is Monterrey vs Necaxa on? Fox Sports

Where can I stream Monterrey vs Necaxa? Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for Monterrey vs Necaxa? https://www.ticketmaster.com.mx/liga-bbva-mx-semifinal-rayados-v-necaxa-planta-mas-alta-guadalupe-05-12-2019/event/140056B8C669BDAE

THE TEAM NEWS

MONTERREY

  • After finishing in eighth place of the Apertura regular season, Monterrey pulled quite an upset and eliminated the top-seed, Santos Laguna, with a 6-3 aggregate score. Rayados have been on quite a tear in recent weeks, since they enter this match on a 10-game undefeated streak in all competitions, with seven wins and three draws over that span.
  • Rogelio Funes Mori missed both matches against Santos Laguna in the quarter-finals, and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for this match. If he’s out, then Vincent Janssen – who scored two goals in two matches against Santos – should remain as the starting striker.

Expected starting XI: Marcelo Barovero; Stefan Medina, César Montes, Nicolás Sánchez, Lionel Vangioni; Carlos Rodríguez, Celso Ortiz; Dorlan Pabón, Maximiliano Meza, Jesús Gallardo; Vincent Janssen (Rogelio Funes Mori)

NECAXA

  • Necaxa got the best of Queretaro during the quarter-finals and reached the next stage thanks to an impressive 6-2 win on aggregate. Los Rayos have been struggling in recent weeks, however, as they have lost four of their last 10 games in all competitions. They have won three of their last four, however, so they are turning things around of late.
  • Carlos Guzman has been ruled out for this game due to a long-term injury. Centre-back Ventura Alvarado missed the two games against Queretaro in the quarter-finals, and he will be a game-time decision ahead of this contest.

Expected starting XI: Hugo González; Ricardo Chávez, Alexis Peña, Rodrigo Noya, Fernando Meza, Cristián Calderón; Claudio Baeza, Luis Felipe Gallegos, Jesús Angulo; Juan Delgado, Mauro Quiroga

THE PREDICTION

Monterrey are undoubtedly the hottest team in Liga MX right now, and they could be set to take the lead in this tie after showcasing their goal-scoring power against Santos while playing at home, where they went W5, D2, L2 during the regular season. However, Necaxa were the best away side during the Apertura with only three losses in nine matches and they confirmed that by scoring three times against Queretaro during the quarter-finals. Don’t be surprised if the first leg of this tie ends up in a draw, although Monterrey should be considered as slight favourites due to their form and their home-field advantage.

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