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

THE FACTS

When does Morelia vs Leon kick off? Thursday 28th November, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Morelia vs Leon being played? Estadio Morelos

What TV channel is Morelia vs Leon on? Azteca Deportes (Mexico), TUDN (USA)

Where can I stream Morelia vs Leon? Azteca Deportes En Vivo (Mexico), TUDN En Vivo (USA)

Where can I get tickets for Morelia vs Leon? https://web.superboletos.com/SuperBoletos/MICHOACAN/DEPORTIVO/MONARCAS-APERTURA-AP----CL-/5LWVP4yEfQYX5tiuxmg2Lw

THE TEAM NEWS

MORELIA

  • Monarcas ended the regular season in seventh place with 27 points, edging Monterrey due to a better goal differential. They are coming off a 3-1 away loss at Queretaro and that result ended Morelia’s impressive five-game undefeated streak (W3, D2).
  • Morelia's lone missing player will be Peruvian forward Ray Sandoval, but he has missed most of the season dealing with a knee injury so his absence will not affect them here.

Expected starting XI: Sebastián Sosa; José Joaquín Martínez, Gabriel Achilier, Efraín Velarde, Sebastián Vegas; Rodrigo Millar, Mario Osuna, Aldo Rocha; Luis Ángel Mendoza, Miguel Ángel Sansores, Edison Flores

LEON

  • Club Leon finished the regular season as the league’s second-best team with 33 points, a +15 goal differential, just three losses in 18 matches and on the heels of a two-game winning streak following a 2-1 away win at Tijuana the last time out. It’s safe to say they are one of the biggest favourites to win the Apertura title based on what they did during the regular season.
  • Star playmaker Luis Montes remains out, and the same could be said about defenders Ramiro Gonzalez and Andres Mosquera. Neither is expected to be available for the first leg of this tie, meaning Leon could be depleted defensively.

Expected starting XI: Rodolfo Cota; Fernando Navarro, Juan Ignacio González, Miguel Herrera, William Tesillo; Pedro Aquino, Yairo Moreno; Jean Meneses, Ángel Mena, Ismael Sosa; Juan José Macías

THE PREDICTION

Club Leon should be massive favourites entering this matchup. Despite the fact Morelia ended the regular season on a three-game undefeated streak at home – a span where they averaged 3.67 goals scored per game – they are quite porous at the back, conceding goals in each of their last four home outings. Leon were the league’s second-best away side in the Apertura (19 points – W5, D1, L3) and averaged over 2.0 goals scored per road matchup. That should be enough to list Los Esmeraldas as favourites ahead of this quarter-finals first leg.

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