The Liga MX (Apertura) game at Estadio Nemesio Díez on Thursday will see hosts Toluca ready themselves for the challenge from opponents Monterrey.
Our tips, poll and stats for Toluca v Monterrey can all be found here.
Toluca will want to continue from where they left off last time out with a 2-3 Liga MX (Apertura) triumph versus Cruz Azul.
In that game, Toluca had 66% possession and 16 shots on goal with 10 on target. For Toluca, goals were scored by Jean Meneses (30′), Marcel Ruiz (43′) and Camilo Sanvezzo (98′). On the other side, Cruz Azul had 12 shots on goal with 6 on target. Ramiro Funes Mori (19′) and Rodrigo Huescas (81′) scored for Cruz Azul.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times that Toluca haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Toluca have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 6 goals along the way. We will find out if that trend can be sustained in this game.
Their prior results show that Toluca:
- haven’t beaten Monterrey in their previous 4 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their previous 4 league matches at home.
Monterrey come into this game after a 1-2 Liga MX (Apertura) win vs Necaxa in their last match.
In that match, Monterrey managed 46% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 6 on target. For Monterrey, goals were scored by Rodrigo Aguirre (56′) and Alfonso González (77′). At the other end, Necaxa got 12 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Brayan Garnica (37′) scored for Necaxa.
In their last half-dozen outings, Monterrey have helped themselves to a total of 13 goals. Monterrey have additionally got on the scoresheet on each one of those occasions. In that time, they have seen 3 goals go into their own net.
A look at their previous results shows us that Monterrey:
- haven’t been defeated by Toluca in games played away from home for the previous 2 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 4 away league matches.
🤜🤛 Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head clashes going back to 18/08/2019 shows us that Toluca have won 1 of them & Monterrey 4, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
In all, 17 goals were produced between them in this period, with 6 from Los Diablos Rojos and 11 being from Los Rayados. That’s an average goals per game of 2.83.
The previous league game featuring these sides was Liga MX (Clausura) match day 4 on 07/04/2022 which ended up with the score at Toluca 2-2 Monterrey.
In that match, Toluca had 61% possession and 12 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Leonardo Fernández (30′, 90′).
Monterrey got 11 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Maximiliano Meza (13′) and Joel Campbell (36′) scored.
The match was refereed by Eduardo Galván.
📋 Team News: Toluca
The Toluca boss Ignacio Ambriz has no fitness concerns whatsoever before this match owing to a fully injury-free group available for selection.
It looks as if Los Diablos Rojos may well use the 4-5-1 system this time, handing starts to Gustavo Gutiérrez, Andres Mosquera, Óscar Ortega, Valber Huerta, Brayan Angulo, Leonardo Fernández, Claudio Baeza, Fernando Navarro, Marcel Ruíz, Jean Meneses and Carlos González.
🗞️ Team News: Monterrey
Thanks to a mainly full-strength squad, there is only a single fitness problem for the Monterrey manager Víctor Vucetich to be concerned about. Joao Rojas (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out for this game.
We reckon that Los Rayados appear most likely to play in a 4-4-2 lineup by sending out Luis Cárdenas, Stefan Medina, Héctor Moreno, Sebastian Vegas, Érick Aguirre, M. Eduardo Meza, Celso Ortiz, Luis Francisco Romo, Arturo Gonzalez, Rogelio Funes Mori and Rodrigo Aguirre.
Our assessment here is that Toluca might have a difficult job to hit the back of the net against this Monterrey outfit who we think will get the vital goal that wins it.
We’re therefore tipping a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning margin for Monterrey when the referee blows for full-time.
Let’s see how it plays out.