Match: Querétaro vs. Club América
Date: Saturday, August 18th
Time: 10:00 PM Eastern, 9:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Pacific, 3:00 AM UTC
Venue: Estadio Corregidora (Querétaro, Qro.)
Los Gallos Blancos de Querétaro are looking to right the ship as they host a red hot Club América on Saturday night. After getting off to a decent start with a goal-less draw against Atlas and a narrow victory at home against Pachuca, los Gallos Blancos have struggled to get another positive result.
In their most recent match, on the road against León, los Gallos Blancos suffered a horrendously embarrassing 4-0 defeat despite having the vast majority of the possession in the match and a whopping 20 shots. There was very little energy, passion, or desire from Querétaro for most of the match. Their possession was meaningless and largely consisted of passing between midfielders and the backline. Had it not been for some heroics by Tiago Volpi, los Gallos Blancos could have easily lost the match 10-0.
If the hosts are going to have any shot of taking all three points against Club América on Saturday night, they are going to have to massively improve out on the pitch. Long periods of useless possession, like those against León, will only increase the potency of Club América’s dynamic attack and explosive players like Renato Ibarra and and Diego Lainez. When in possession, Querétaro will have to be much more direct; something they have really struggled to do this season. A big game from star goalkeeper Tiago Volpi will also be needed for los Gallos Blancos to gave any shot in this match.
In stark contrast to the hosts, Club América come into Saturday night’s clash after their best performance of the 2018 Apertura tournament last weekend against Monterrey. Against los Rayados, a dynamic, attacking minded Águilas squad completely and utterly dominated one of the teams that many experts had picked to fiercely contend for the title. Everything that Club América did in the match seemed to work out exactly as Mighuel Herrera wanted.
Perhaps the most positive sign from the match for Club América coaches and fans, apart from the 3-0 victory, was the manner in which Diego Lainez was involved in the attack. The young Mexican starlet was very positive whenever he touched the ball in the match. In one instance, Lainez nearly had himself a golazo as he and Renato Ibarra linked up for a beautiful one-two. Unfortunately for Lainez, his shot flew just over the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Las Águilas as a whole were very bright offensively. Miguel Herrera’s squad logged 18 total shots (11 on target), 4 corners, and three goals in the match. Perhaps it could be argued that Club América could have been a little more clinical with their finishing, but the Mexico City squad got the goals when it mattered to win the match.
As far as Saturday’s match against Querétaro is concerned, Miguel Herrera has opted to use the same starting XI from last weekend’s impressive match against Monterrey.
The two striker system of Oribe Peralta and Roger Martínez adds an additional dynamic element to the already exciting Club América attack. Couple that with a very strong midfield and exciting young talent on the wings and you've got yourself a very exciting team to watch.
With a performance remotely similar to last weekend against Monterrey, las Águilas should easily be able to run away with this match. It would come as a complete and total surprise if the Mexico City squad don't come away from Querétaro with all three points.