2019-20 Mexican Liga MX – Pachuca vs Puebla Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Pachuca vs Puebla kick off? Saturday 15th February, 2020 – 23:00 (UK)

Where is Pachuca vs Puebla being played? Estadio Hidalgo

What TV channel is Pachuca vs Puebla on? FOX Sports 2 Cono Norte, TUDN USA, ESPN Deportes

Where can I stream Pachuca vs Puebla? FOX Play Norte, TUDN En Vivo, ESPNDeportes+, bet365 (where applicable)

Where can I get tickets for Pachuca vs Puebla? https://redboletos.com/ef?k=2544

THE TEAM NEWS

PACHUCA

  • Pachuca are coming off a 3-1 away loss at Cruz Azul and they have dropped three of their first five Clausura matches. Despite their underwhelming record of just four points in five matches (W1, D1, L3 – good for 17th place), they are undefeated in their two home matches thus far.
  • Tuzos should be quite weakened ahead of this contest due to a high number of absences. Luis Chavez has been suspended following last week’s red card, while the injury list includes Emmanuel Garcia Vaca, Eugenio Pizzuto, Pablo Lopez and Victor Mora.

Expected starting XI: Alfonso Blanco; Raul Lopez Gomez, Oscar Murillo, Gustavo Cabral, Miguel Tapias; Erick Aguirre, Jorge Daniel Hernandez, Rubens Sambueza; Victor Davila, Franco Jara; Colin Kazim-Richards

PUEBLA

  • Puebla extended their struggling form last weekend with a 2-2 draw against Santos Laguna extending their winless streak to four games in league play. It’s worth noting Puebla have conceded over 1.5 goals in both defeats during that span as they sit in 16th place with four points in five matches (W1, D1, L3).
  • Brayan Angulo will miss the entire Clausura campaign with an ankle injury, while Jesus Paganoni is still feeling ill with concussion-like symptoms and should be treated as questionable. Alonso Zamora has also been ruled out

Expected starting XI: Nicolas Vikonis; Alan Acosta, Maximiliano Perg, Daniel Arreola (Jesus Zavala), Salvador Reyes; Javier Salas; Christian Tabo, Alejandro Chumacero, Osvaldo Martinez, Omar Fernandez; Angel Zaldivar

THE PREDICTION

Pachuca might sit near the bottom of the standings but they deliver their best performances at home where they have gone undefeated while keeping back-to-back clean sheets so far. On the other hand, Puebla are winless in their last four contests and have conceded their six goals against them over that span. Neither of these sides have looked overly convincing so far, but Tuzos have been slightly better at home compared to Puebla’s away form. That should be enough to list them as favourites.

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