Game: FC Juárez vs. Alebrijes Oaxaca
Date: Wednesday, February 14th
Time: 9:00 PM Eastern, 8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Cd Juárez, 6:00 PM Pacific, 2:00 AM UT
Venue: Estadio Olímpico de Benito Juárez (Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua)
Alebrijes Oaxaca travel to the far northern frontera on Wednesday for a rematch of the 2017 Apertura final against FC Juárez on the heals of a 1-0 victory over Venados at the home over the weekend. The victory was a nice bounce-back from their first lost of the tournament at the hands of Leones Negros in Jornada 5.
Alebrijes have been one of the best offensive teams of the past calendar year in the Ascenso MX. This swashbuckling offensive style of play led the team from Oaxaca to their first ever Ascenso MX title over FC Juárez in the 2017 Apertura tournament. The incredible rise of Alebrijes de Oaxaca has continued through the first seven match weeks of the 2018 Clausura tournament as well. In fact, Alebrihes find themselves atop the Ascenso MX table with 16 points and a record of 5-1-1. This surprisingly high level of both consistency and dominance is rarely ever exhibited in the always exciting Ascenso MX.
FC Juárez will be looking for revenge for their 2017 Apertura final loss when they host Alebrijes Oaxaca in midweek action. However, unlike Alebrijes, the team from the far northern frontera look like a shadow of their former selves. Los Bravos find themselves outside of liguilla contention in 9th position on 9 points with a goal difference of 0. Over the course of their last seven matches, across all competitions, FC Juárez have failed to win.
There is no excuse for this recent string of poor results from FC Juárez. The squad from the far northern frontera is one of the best that the Ascenso MX has to offer. Enrique Palos, former Liga MX champion goalkeeper with Tigres UANL, Brazilian striker Leandro Carrijo, former Xolos de Tijuana striker Raúl Enríquez, and a plethora of other high profile players wear the trademark neon green of FC Juárez. Anything less than qualifying for the liguilla and competing for promotion is a complete and utter failure for a squad of los Bravos’ caliber.
The lone bright spot in the recent string of poor results for FC Juárez has been the return of striker Leandro Carrijo’s goalscoring form. In the last three matches, Carrijo has managed to put the ball into the back of the net on four separate occasions. FC Juárez will need to see Carrijo’s goalscoring form continue if they hope to take anything from a very challenging midweek matchup against the high flying Alebrijes Oaxaca.