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

THE FACTS

When does Tijuana vs Toluca kick off? Saturday 8th February, 2020 – 03:10 (UK)

Where is Tijuana vs Toluca being played? Estadio Caliente

What TV channel is Tijuana vs Toluca on? Fox Sports

Where can I stream Tijuana vs Toluca? FOX Play Norte, Foxsports.com, bet365 (where applicable)

Where can I get tickets for Tijuana vs Toluca? https://xolos.stubhubtickets.com/entradas/es/comprarEvento?idEvento=5035

THE TEAM NEWS

TIJUANA

  • Xolos started the 2020 Clausura campaign with a win, but they have gone three straight matches without victory – D1, L2 – and are coming off a 2-1 away defeat to Atlas. They currently sit in 15th place of the standings with four points.
  • Central midfielder Kevin Balanta is out on international duty with the Colombia U23 squad. Aldo Cruz has been ruled out through a suspension, and Vladimir Lorona could take his spot as the starting left-back.

Expected starting XI: Manuel Gibran Lajud; Omar Mendoza, Diego Braghieri, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Vladimir Lorona; Christian Rivera, Jose Ignacio Rivero; Miller Bolanos, Alfonso Sanchez, Mauro Lainez; Camilo Sanvezzo

TOLUCA

  • Toluca are coming off back-to-back draws and their games have posted plenty of goals so far – their last three games have featured over 2.5. They are coming off a 3-3 draw against Cruz Azul and they sit in ninth place with five points, while losing just one of four Clausura matches so far.
  • Toluca should be close to full strength here. Their lone absentee should veteran centre-back Fernando Tobio, but he has been ruled out for a while. His absence shouldn’t play much a role here.

Expected starting XI: Alfredo Talavera; Rodrigo Salinas, Anibal Chala, Luis Hernandez, Adrian Mora; William da Silva, Javier Guemez; Felipe Pardo, Leonardo Fernandez, Alexis Canelo; Emmanuel Gigliotti

THE PREDICTION

Each of Toluca’s last three matches has ended with over 2.5 goals scored and the same thing has happened in three of Tijuana’s four games thus far in the Clausura, meaning we should be in line for a high-scoring affair regardless of which side comes out on top. Toluca currently own the Clausura’s joint-second best attack in the competition with eight goals scored and while their defence has been their Achilles heel at times, Tijuana have netted just three times and shouldn’t be much of a threat. Toluca have been playing better and that should reflect in an away win.

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