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

THE FACTS

When does Toluca vs Pumas UNAM kick off? Sunday 16th February, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Toluca vs Pumas UNAM being played? Estadio Nemesio Diez

What TV channel is Toluca vs Pumas UNAM on? ESPN2 Norte, TUDN USA

Where can I stream Toluca vs Pumas UNAM? ESPN Play Norte, TUDN En Vivo

Where can I get tickets for Toluca vs Pumas UNAM? https://www.boletostolucafc.com/

THE TEAM NEWS

TOLUCA

  • Toluca had to come from behind in their previous Liga MX match as they settled for a 1-1 draw at Tijuana thanks to a late goal from Michael Estrada. With that draw, they are now on a four-game winless run (D3, L1) and currently sit in ninth place of the standings with six points (W1, D3, L1).
  • Toluca should be close to full strength entering this match with their lone absentee centre-back Fernando Tobio who is yet to play this season due to injury. Alan Medina has been listed as questionable due to an undisclosed injury, while Rodrigo Salinas could return to his starting right-back role after seeing last week’s game off the bench.

Expected starting XI: Alfredo Talavera; Rodrigo Salinas, Luis Donaldo Hernandez, Jonathan Maidana, Anibal Chala; Felipe Pardo, William, Leonardo Fernandez; Alexis Canelo, Emanuel Gigliotti, Michael Estrada

PUMAS UNAM

  • Pumas UNAM have been one of the best teams in the Clausura so far, and their strength lies on an improved attacking unit that already averages 2.4 goals per game. They are coming off a 4-0 win over San Luis and are the only team yet to lose a game in the Clausura (W3, D2).
  • Nicolas Freire has already returned to training but he’s not ready to play, while Carlos Gonzalez is dealing with an injury and should be listed as questionable ahead of this contest. There is also a doubt regarding the start of Juan Pablo Vigon or youngster Marco Garcia in midfield.

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

THE PREDICTION

Toluca have been extremely inconsistent over the last few weeks, while Pumas UNAM have been one of the best teams in the Clausura so far and their strength lies on an improved attacking unit that already averages 2.4 goals per game. Their 12 goals rank second in the league only behind Leon’s 13. Toluca have gone four straight matches without a win and, despite the fact that they’ll be at home here, Pumas are favoured and should cruise towards clinching three more points.

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