The Liga MX (Apertura) match at Estadio Victoria on Saturday sees hosts Necaxa ready themselves for the challenge from opponents Monterrey.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Necaxa v Monterrey match are shown here.
Necaxa are hoping to win again after their last result, a 1-2 Liga MX (Apertura) triumph against Atlético San Luis.
In that match, Necaxa had 42% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For Necaxa, goals were scored by Milton Giménez (10′ Own goal), Facundo Batista (14′) and Fernando Madrigal (34′). On the other side, Atlético San Luis had 12 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
Their latest results shine a light on the fact that huge efforts have been put in by the Necaxa defence. Necaxa have been miserly, seeing the tally of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their previous six outings standing at 4. That kind of pattern might not be continued here, though.
Heading into this contest, Necaxa are undefeated in their previous 2 home league matches.
Monterrey will come into the encounter following on from a 5-1 Liga MX (Apertura) win vs León in their most recent match.
In that match, Monterrey managed 29% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 11 of them on target. For Monterrey, the goalscorers were Germán Berterame (4′, 88′) and Alfonso González (34′, 37′, 71′). For their opponents, León got 13 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Byron Castillo (49′) was the scorer for León.
A series of steadfast showings from the Monterrey defensive unit has seen their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 4 from their past 6 outings in total. Over that same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 14.
Their previous form shows that Monterrey:
- haven’t been defeated by Necaxa when they’ve played them away from home in the last 4 league games. An impressive run.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 away league matches.
👥 Head to head
A look at their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 08/12/2019 tells us that Necaxa have won 1 of these and Monterrey 2, with the tally of drawn games standing at 3.
A sum of 14 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 5 of them for Lightning Bolts and 9 created by Los Rayados. That is an average goals per game value of 2.33.
The previous league game featuring these sides was Liga MX (Clausura) match day 2 on 15/01/2022 and the score finished Necaxa 0-4 Monterrey.
That time, Necaxa had 63% possession and 5 shots at goal with 4 on target.
At the other end, Monterrey got 20 shots on goal with 7 on target. Rogelio Funes Mori (4′), Maximiliano Meza (23′), Duvan Vergara (43′) and Jesús Gallardo (67′) scored.
The referee was Fernando Hernández Gómez.
📰 Team News: Necaxa
The Necaxa boss Jaime Lozano has a full complement, with no fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match with a fully healthy group available to choose from.
It looks as if Lightning Bolts should kick off with a 4-3-3 formation, handing starts to Luis Malagón, Brian García, Alexis Peña, Juan Pablo Segovia, Daniel Parra, Angelo Araos, J. Joaquín Esquivel, Fernando Madrigal, Facundo Batista, Milton Giménez and Bryan Garnica.
📰 Team News: Monterrey
In an otherwise available group, there is just the sole fitness issue for the Monterrey boss Víctor Vucetich to contend with. Joao Rojas (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out for this game.
We reckon that Los Rayados appear most likely to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, starting Luis Cárdenas, Érick Aguirre, Stefan Medina, Héctor Moreno, Sebastian Vegas, Luis Francisco Romo, Celso Ortiz, Arturo Gonzalez, Germán Berterame, M. Eduardo Meza and Rogelio Funes Mori.
We’re of the view that Necaxa may find it difficult to register a score against this Monterrey team who we think might be able to grind out a win.
We’re therefore tipping a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning score for Monterrey at the end of this game.
Little in this one.
📖 What are the best odds for the game?
Turning to the match odds in the 90 min. result market, the win for Necaxa is best priced at 3.3, a wager on a draw is 3.28 & taking a punt on victory for Monterrey can be had at 2.26. These are the best returns available at the moment.