Game: Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V. vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Date: Sunday, August 19th
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Pacific, 5:00 p.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Nemesio Díez (Toluca, Edomex.)
Referees: REF: Fernando Guerrero Ramírez, AR1: Pablo Israel Hernández Luna, AR2: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales, 4TH: Erick Yair Miranda Galindo
Radio: 98.9 FM (Tijuana/San Diego)
All-time record: In Liga MX play, both teams have won five games and the clubs have drawn four times. In their last meeting, Toluca defeated Xolos on a 5-3 aggregate in the 2018 Clausura Liguilla Semifinals.
Club Tijuana (1W 2D 1L) return to the scene of their worst defeat of the year as they head on the road to face Toluca (2W 1D 1L). In their last meeting, Luis “Quick” Mendoza (now with Toluca) and Miller Bolaños were both shown red cards for bad fouls. Bolaños wound up being suspended for the first two games of this season for his challenge on Rubens Sambueza.
Bolaños is back, and Fabián Castillo also made his debut in Wednesday’s match against FC Juárez. For the first time in the Apertura, Xolos has all of their players healthy and available for selection. It remains to be seen however how Diego Cocca will look to line up against Toluca. Cocca will most likely look to play a conservative game, much like he did in Week 2 against Tigres (2W 0D 2L). It may not be the prettiest soccer, but with solid defending and smart play Xolos may be able to grind out a draw.
Toluca on the other hand gave Tigres a 2-1 loss in Nuevo León last week and did not play a midweek Copa MX match like Tijuana. They’ll be (relatively speaking) rested and looking to continue their good run of form at home, where they haven’t lost a regular season match at home since October.
Toluca will most likely line up in a 4-2-3-1 and use their wingers to shuttle the ball up and down the pitch. Look for either Quick Mendoza to get the nod on the right wing for the injured Rubens Sambueza. While Sambueza is a dangerous threat offensively in addition to being an irritant, Quick knows what Diego Cocca is looking to do and his speed will make the afternoon difficult on 31 year old leftback Luis Fuentes.