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

THE FACTS

When does Tijuana vs Santos Laguna kick off? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 03:10 (UK)

Where is Tijuana vs Santos Laguna being played? Estadio Caliente (Tijuana)

What TV channel is Tijuana vs Santos Laguna on? Fox Sports Norte (Mexico)

Where can I stream Tijuana vs Santos Laguna? FOX Sports Play, bet365 (where available)

Where can I get tickets for Tijuana vs Santos Laguna? https://intl.stubhub.com/xolos-de-tijuana-vs-santos-laguna-official-marketplace-tickets/ev1311155?

THE TEAM NEWS

TIJUANA

  • Tijuana had real chances to earn a playoff berth until late in the Apertura regular season, but they wasted their opportunity after losing their last three games. As a result, Xolos ended the Apertura campaign in 11th place with 24 points, three adrift of the playoffs.
  • Leonel Miranda and Jordan Silva are both suspended for the Clausura opener, meaning Tijuana could be slightly weakened on the defensive end. They also lost Ariel Nahuelpan during the offseason. The Argentinian striker scored six goals during the Apertura campaign.

Expected starting XI: Manuel Gibran Lajud; Aldo Cruz, Diego Braghieri, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Vladimir Lorona; Kevin Balanta, Diego Rodriguez, Jose Ignacio Rivero; Miller Bolanos, Camilo Sanvezzo, Mauro Lainez

SANTOS LAGUNA

  • Santos Laguna were the best team during the Apertura regular season, since they ended with 37 points in 18 matches thanks to 11 wins, four draws and just three losses. They couldn’t translate that into the play-offs, however, as Los Guerreros were knocked out during the quarter-finals against Monterrey by a 6-3 aggregate score.
  • Santos Laguna will be able to field their Best XI for the Clausura opener. It shouldn’t change too much from the team that sat at the top of the standings during the Apertura regular season. Their most notorious signing was Jose Van Rankin, who should fill the void the team had at right-back in the Apertura.

Expected starting XI: Jonathan Orozco; Jose Van Rankin, Hugo Rodriguez, Doria, Gerardo Arteaga; Ulises Rivas, Carlos Orrantia; Erick Castillo, Diego Valdes, Brian Lozano; Julio Furch

THE PREDICTION

Tijuana enter this matchup on a three-game losing streak, and they posted a W4, D3, L2 mark at home during the Apertura so it’s not like they transformed Estadio Caliente into a fortress. Santos Laguna did not impress on the road and won just one of their last five matches away from home, but they seem to be leaps and bounds ahead of Tijuana when it comes to quality, cohesion and depth. Santos Laguna should be able to secure the win here even if they’re playing away from home.

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