The Liga MX (Apertura) clash at Estadio Corona on Friday sees home side Santos Laguna prepare for the visit of opponents, León.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Santos Laguna v León, scroll down.
Santos Laguna will be hoping to return to winning ways here after a 2-0 Liga MX (Apertura) losing effort in their last game against Tigres de la UANL.
In that game, Santos Laguna had 47% possession and 21 shots on goal with 6 on target. On the other side, Tigres de la UANL got 18 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Sebastián Córdova (26′) and Luis Quiñones (57′) scored for Tigres de la UANL.
Eduardo Fentanes’s Santos Laguna have seen rewards for their attempts on goal 7 times in their past 6 outings. The number of goals that they have conceded in those games stands at 6.
Their previous form shows that Santos Laguna:
- are unbeaten in the league by León in their previous 2 matches.
- have left without a victory over León in their previous 4 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 9 home league matches. A very good run at home.
After being defeated in their last game at the hands of Mazatlán in Liga MX (Apertura) competition, León will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, León managed 71% possession and 12 shots on goal with 1 on target. The scorer for León was Jaine Barreiro (5′ Own goal). Mazatlán got 7 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Nicolás Benedetti (8′) and Eduard Bello (17′) scored for Mazatlán.
The numbers tell their own story, and León have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 12 goals in all. In defence, León could really do with shoring things up.
Their previous form shows that León:
- haven’t been beaten by Santos Laguna when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 3 matches in the league.
👥 Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head meetings going back to 29/08/2019 shows us that Santos Laguna have won 1 of them & León 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A sum of 19 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 9 of them from Guerreros and 10 coming from Los Esmeraldas. The average goals per game has been 3.17.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was Liga MX (Clausura) match day 16 on 25/04/2022 which ended up with the score at Santos Laguna 1-1 León.
On that day, Santos Laguna had 43% possession and 25 shots on goal with 12 on target. The scorer was Eduardo Aguirre (57′).
On the other side, León got 11 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Ángel Mena (51′) scored.
The match was refereed by Adonai Escobedo.
🗞️ Team News: Santos Laguna
Ayrton Preciado (Tibia Fracture) and Dória (Ankle Injury) will be missing for Santos Laguna gaffer Eduardo Fentanes.
In all likelihood, Guerreros could opt for a 4-4-2 system for this game and select Carlos Acevedo Lopez, C. Emilio Orrantia, Hugo Rodriguez, Felix Torres, Omar Campos, Fernando Gorriarán, J. F. Brunetta, Alan Cervantes, Jair González, Eduardo Aguirre and Javier Correa.
📋 Team News: León
Thanks to a completely healthy group available to choose from, the León boss Renato Paiva has no fitness concerns to report ahead of this game.
From our viewpoint, Los Esmeraldas might begin the game with a 4-3-3 system with a starting lineup of Rodolfo Cota, Byron Castillo, J. Stiven Barreiro, Paul Bellón, Osvaldo Rodríguez, Ángel Mena, Luis Arturo Montes, Fidel Ambríz, Víctor Dávila, Joel Campbell and Lucas Di Yorio.
When taking everything into account, León will have to work hard as a team to hit the back of the net against this Santos Laguna outfit who will likely end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We therefore fancy a narrow 1-0 win for Santos Laguna at the end of the match.
Let’s see how this one goes.