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

THE FACTS

When does Toluca vs Monterrey kick off? Saturday 29th February, 2020 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Toluca vs Monterrey being played? Estadio Nemesio Diez

What TV channel is Toluca vs Monterrey on? TUDN, TUDN USA, ESPN Deportes

Where can I stream Toluca vs Monterrey? TUDN En Vivo, ESPN Deportes+, bet365 (where applicable)

Where can I get tickets for Toluca vs Monterrey? https://www.boletostolucafc.com/ordertickets.asp?p=695

THE TEAM NEWS

TOLUCA

  • Toluca have been struggling this season and their improved play has not translated to results so far. Following a 2-0 away loss to Puebla, Los Diablos Rojos enter this game in 15th place of the standings with six points and riding a two-game losing streak.
  • Veteran striker Emanuel Gigliotti was left out of the starting XI last week, and it remains to be seen whether that will be the case again. The rest of the squad should be fit and available, as Los Diablos have no injuries to report.

Expected starting XI: Alfredo Talavera; Luis Donaldo Hernandez, Adrian Mora, Jonathan Maidana, Anibal Chala; Kevin Escamilla, Javier Guemez; Felipe Pardo, Leonardo Fernandez, Pedro Alexis Canelo; Michael Estrada (Emanuel Gigliotti)

MONTERREY

  • Rayados have been a massive disappointment in the 2020 Clausura so far, as they remain the lone winless team in the league campaign while sitting dead last in the standings with just three points. They are coming off a 1-0 home loss to America last week.
  • Three would-be starters are out for Monterrey ahead of this match in left-back Leonel Vangioni, playmaker Maximiliano Meza and forward Aviles Hurtado. Despite the poor results of late, Monterrey shouldn’t make too many changes to their starting lineup.

Expected starting XI: Marcelo Barovero; Stefan Medina, Nicolas Sanchez, Jose Maria Basanta, Cesar Montes; Miguel Layun, Celso Ortiz, Carlos Rodriguez, Jesus Gallardo; Dorlan Pabon; Rogelio Funes Mori

THE PREDICTION

Rayados and Toluca have clearly been two of the Clausura's worst teams and the numbers back that up: Toluca own the league’s worst defence with 14 goals conceded while Monterrey are yet to win a single match in the Clausura campaign. However, the hosts have been playing slightly better and have not looked as overrun as Monterrey, often staying alive late in games or showing the will to fight. This game could be a high-scoring matchup since three of Toluca’s last five matches have produced over 2.5 total goals and, at least on paper, the hosts are favourites to snap their losing streak with a win here.

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