Game: Club Universidad Nacional A.C. vs. Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V.
Date: Sunday, November 25th
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Olímpico (Ciudad de México, CDMX)
Referees: REF: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán, AR1: Andres Hernández Delgado, AR2: Jimmy Acosta Montesinos, 4TH: Edgar Ulises Rangel Araujo
Santos Laguna (8W 5D 3L) heads to CU to face UNAM Pumas (8W 5D 3L) in a game with massive playoff implications. The teams are currently in third and fourth place, with Pumas ahead by virtue of goal differential. The teams could place as high as third or as low as seventh, depending on the outcome of the Toluca (8W 2D 6L) vs. Lobos BUAP (4W 4D 8L) match later in the day.
Santos comes in having lost only one of their last eight games. They have two of the most potent goalscorers in Liga MX in Julio Furch (12 goals) and Jonathan Rodríguez (8 goals) and sit sixth overall in goals scored with 26. Their defense, lead by goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco and Mexico National Team players José Abella, Jesús Angulo, and Gerardo Arteaga is ranked third in the league, allowing 17 goals in their previous 16 games.
Santos isn’t without weaknesses however. All three losses have come on the road, and playing at CU at noon on Sunday is always a tough ask even when Pumas are having an off season. Santos will also be without the services of Colombian super sub Déinner Quiñones, as the 22 year old suffered an adductor injury in practice on Thursday and has been ruled out for the match.
Pumas has only lost once in their last ten, however that one was their last home game against Cruz Azul (10W 3D 3L). Manager David Patiño has had his team performing well over the course of the entire season, shaking off the late swoon that saw them almost miss the Liguilla last season.
Pumas also has a good scoring duo of their own, with Carlos González (7 goals) and Felipe Mora (6 goals) leading the team. It’s not just them however for Pumas, as nine different players in total have put the club third overall with 28 goals scored.
Defensively Pumas sit fourth, their 18 goals conceded just one less than Santos. Goalkeeper Alfredo Saldívar and the back four of Alan Mendoza, Luis Quintana, Alejandro Arribas, and Alan Mozo have been solid all year, although Quintana missed last week’s match against Toluca (8W 2D 6L). Pablo Insunza replaced Quintana as Pumas earned the 1-0 shutout in Toluca.