Match: CF Monterrey v Puebla
Date: August 1st, 2018
Time: 9 PM CDT, 10PM EDT, 7PM PDT
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer
Streaming: Fox Sports GO, Fubo
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Last Season’s results: Apertura 2017 Copa MX: Monterrey champions, Puebla eliminated in Group Stage. Clausura 2018 Copa MX: Puebla eliminated in Group Stage, Monterrey eliminated in 1st knockout round.
Monterrey begins their Copa MX campaign tonight at home, as they face off against fellow Liga MX side Puebla. Puebla has already started their Group 1 matches, having defeated Ascenso side Venados in their first round of Copa MX action last week.
Monterrey won the Apertura 2017 Copa MX at home over Pachuca, and while it wasn’t the trophy that everyone wanted them to win, a trophy is still a trophy. They were eliminated in the first knockout stage of the Clausura 2018 Copa MX. Puebla failed to get out of the group stage in both the Apertura 2017 & Clausura 2018 Copa MX competitions.
Be on the lookout for some fringe and youth players to find their way into both the Monterrey and Puebla teams for this match. Puebla hasn’t made this competition a priority at all the past, and considering the feelings of most fans and pundits towards the competition, who can blame them?
Monterrey’s got a deep enough first team to see this match out for a victory, and it might give an opportunity for Diego Alonso to get Jesus Gallardo and Rodolfo Pizarro integrated into the side, but a full first team will still not likely be on display. Monterrey has enough quality in the side to go far in both the Copa MX and still easily qualify for the Liguilla in the Liga MX, so expect Los Rayados to easily take care of business tonight.