Match: CF Monterrey v Querétaro
Date: October 9th, 2018
Time: 8:30 PM CDT, 9:30 PM EDT, 6:30PM PDT
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer
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Monterrey will be looking to grab a result before the international break after losing the weekend’s match to Cruz Azul, while Querétaro will be looking get some momentum for the business end of the Liga MX schedule ahead.
Monterrey won last year’s Apertura Copa MX, and while fans might be far more interested in a run in the Liguilla than another Copa success, it might not be a bad thing for Diego Alonso to bring home any kind of trophy to the faithful.
Of course, any discussion of Monterrey right now will rightfully focus on the extensive injury list that the club currently has. Avilés Hurtado came back against Cruz Azul, but it would be surprising to see him suit up for a Copa MX match, even a quarterfinal match against another Liga MX team.
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The Monterrey team that lined up against Zacatepec will probably be used again, or at least one that is extremely similar. Look for Daniel Lajud to spark the offense in the absence of Dorlan Pabón, Hurtado, or Rogelio Funes Mori, who will likely either start on the bench or be given the night off.
Monterrey already beat Querétaro this season, 2-1 in round three of the Liga MX season back in August. A lot has changed for both teams, but as of right now both clubs are in Liguilla places and would really like to stay in them. Monterrey are in 6th place on 20 points, while los Gallos Blancos are in 8th place on goal difference, sitting on 16 points. They are level on points with Club Tijuana and Monarcas Morelia and are only one point ahead of Club Puebla and Chivas.
Both teams would like to win this match, but at the same time, both clubs would rather focus on the final five Apertura matches instead of the Copa right now. A Querétaro win would be a tad surprising tonight, but not out of the realm of possibility. If a weaker side than was produced for the Zacatepec match is trotted out by Alonso for this match, then the manager will have decided to focus entirely on the Liguilla.
However, if Jesus Gallardo, Jonathan Gonzalez, or any of the other regular starters end up in the starting XI, then Monterrey will not only be risking the ire of the Mexico national team by playing Mexico internationals that were called up to the national team in a Copa MX match in an international break week, but also also risking injury to key players to get to the semi-finals against Pachuca later this month. The team selection should be interesting, and don’t be shocked to see a line-up dominated by fringe first team players.