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

THE FACTS

When does Santos Laguna vs Leon kick off? Monday 20th January, 2020 – 00:45 (UK)

Where is Santos Laguna vs Leon being played? Estadio Nuevo Corona, Torreon

What TV channel is Santos Laguna vs Leon on? Fox Sports 2 Cono Norte

Where can I stream Santos Laguna vs Leon? Fox Sports Play Norte

Where can I get tickets for Santos Laguna vs Leon? https://www.stubhub.com.mx/boletos-santos-laguna-vs-club-leon-liga-mx/ev1312119

THE TEAM NEWS

SANTOS LAGUNA

  • Santos Laguna are coming off a disappointing result in the Clausura opener since they stumbled their way to a 2-1 away loss to Club Tijuana. This will be their first home game in 2020, and they posted a W8, D2 mark during the Apertura campaign including the postseason.
  • Santos Laguna will be at full strength ahead of this contest. They won’t have injury concerns and, as a result, the Torreon-based side are expected to repeat the same starting XI that featured in the season opener.

Expected starting XI: Jonathan Orozco; Jose van Rankin, Doria, Felix Torres, Gerardo Arteaga; Fernando Gorriaran, Ulises Rivas; Erick Castillo, Diego Valdes, Brian Lozano; Julio Furch

LEON

  • Leon kicked off the Clausura season with a strong 3-1 home win over Queretaro, and this will be their first away match of the 2020 calendar. They posted a W5, D2, L3 mark on the road during the Apertura, including the playoffs.
  • Leon will be weakened on the defensive side of the ball as they will be without centre-back Andres Mosquera who continues to deal with an injury. January signing Jaine Barreiro should continue to start just as he did in the first game of the contest.

Expected starting XI: Rodolfo Cota; Fernando Navarro, Jaine Barreiro, William Tesillo, Yairo Moreno; Jean Meneses, Pedro Aquino, Luis Montes, Angel Mena; Leonardo Javier Ramos, Ismael Sosa

THE PREDICTION

Leon and Santos Laguna were two of the best teams in the Apertura campaign but both suffered disappointing quarter-final exits during the postseason. This should be a tight contest between two title contenders, but the home/away splits should be telling here. Santos remain undefeated at home during the 2019-20 season, while Leon have been slightly inconsistent when playing on the road. As such, Santos should be favoured to win here.

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