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

THE FACTS

When does Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM kick off? Sunday 2nd February, 2020 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM being played? Estadio Nuevo Corona

What TV channel is Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM on? FOX Sports 2 Cono Norte

Where can I stream Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM? FOX Play Norte

Where can I get tickets for Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM? https://clubsantos.boletea.com.mx/ordertickets.asp?p=16

THE TEAM NEWS

SANTOS LAGUNA

  • Santos Laguna are coming off back-to-back losses in all competitions – 3-0 at Cruz Azul in Liga MX and 2-1 at Pumas UNAM in Copa MX – but both defeats have come on the road. Their have gathered their best results at home, where they are riding an 18-game undefeated streak (W14, D4) dating back to April 2019.
  • Los Guerreros remain healthy and do not have any injury concerns ahead of this contest. They have been quite steady when it comes to their starting XI, and the coaching staff should not modify the side that has been playing in recent weeks.

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

PUMAS UNAM

  • Pumas UNAM defeated Santos Laguna earlier this week in the Copa MX, and they enter this game on a high note since they have back-to-back wins in all competitions while losing just once so far in 2020 (W3, D1, L1). Their away form has not been overly convincing, however, as they have posted just one win in their last 10 road matches in all competitions while riding a seven-game winless streak – four draws and three losses.
  • Just like Santos Laguna, Pumas should be at full strength ahead of this contest if we consider their regulars over the last few weeks. Centre-back Nicolas Freire has been dealing with an injury, but he wouldn’t be selected even if he were available. Felipe Mora has left the side to join Portland Timbers in the MLS.

Expected starting XI: Alfredo Saldivar; Alan Mozo Rodriguez, Manuel Mayorga, Johan Vasquez, Luis Quintana; Andres Iniestra, Juan Pablo Vigon; Favio Alvarez, Pablo Barrera, Sebastian Saucedo; Carlos Gonzalez (Juan Dinenno)

THE PREDICTION

One would think Pumas UNAM might have the edge since they defeated Santos Laguna a few days ago, but the home/away splits are telling and support Santos’ status as the favourite here. Los Guerreros have not lost at home in almost 10 months, while Pumas have gone seven straight contests without a win on the road while conceding multiple goals in four of the last five. Santos were the best home side in the Apertura, and that shouldn’t change here. Expect the hosts to secure a comfortable win in front of their crowd.

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